Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society
58 FREEPORT RD
BOX 87
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND SC 29915
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 58 FREEPORT RD
BOX 87
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC 29915
Telephone (843) 290-9119
E-mail erica@daufuskiemarshtackysociety.org
Projected Annual Revenue $65,000.00 (2017)
Mission Statement Our mission is to promote and protect the critically endangered Marsh Tacky Horse in the context of its historical roots on Daufuskie Island through breeding, training and sales plus educational and special events programming.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director ERICA VEIT
Board Chair KAREN MILLER-SMITH
Board Chair Company Affiliation COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
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Mission Our mission is to promote and protect the critically endangered Marsh Tacky Horse in the context of its historical roots on Daufuskie Island through breeding, training and sales plus educational and special events programming.
Background Offering pristine, uncrowded beaches, abundant wildlife, a relaxed atmosphere and a lack of conveniences such as retail shopping, franchise restaurants, gas stations or grocery stores, Daufuskie attracts families, young professionals and retirees alike who are seeking relief from the fast pace of modern life. Because of its relative isolation, the island is set back in time. Evidence of its plantation era days still exist, especially the Gullah culture which flourished through oystering after the Civil War. Even centuries before the English plantation settlers came to Daufuskie with indigo, gold rice and sea island cotton, Spanish Conquistadores explored these waters. They carried with them little Iberian horses which they off loaded onto the barrier islands like Daufuskie, to fend for themselves until they were needed. They flourished into the thousands, and were domesticated by the Yemmassee and Yammacraw Native Americans first. Most notably they were used in the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II. Because of their contributions to state development, transportation, agricultural and wartime efforts, the Marsh Tacky was designated the South Carolina State Heritage Horse in 2010 by Congressman Mark Sanford. The name "Tacky" is derived from an Old English word that means "common," however there are only about 400 horses in existence today. One man is credited as being the grandfather of preserving the breed to this day. Contractor, Councilman, cattle rancher, and above-all horseman, Mr. DP Lowther used to go with his small barge to Hilton Head in the 1950's before there was even a bridge connecting it to the mainland. He would round up a few feral Marsh Tacky horses as needed, (which was tradition) and take them back to his farm in Ridgeland, SC. Thanks to his careful management of the horses' breeding, the future and integrity of the breed looks bright. Mr. Lowther is the single largest owner of the Marsh Tacky in the world. At one time he had over 100 horses. Now approaching age 85, he is seeking to pass the torch to the next generation of enthusiasts. Founded in 2015, the Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society is the next generation of enthusiasts. Our mission is to promote and protect the critically endangered SC State Heritage Horse through breeding, training, sales, education and special events. The stallion which we selected for our breeding program came directly from DP's farm. Join us in ensuring the future of the breed stays bright! 
Impact
Our organization is proud to list the following accomplishments from the past year, which was our very first full fiscal year in operations:
1. 501c3 status awarded by the IRS in February
2. Purchase of two Marsh Tacky mares, selected for their ideal breed characteristics to mate with our stallion selected in 2015, specifically to carry out our mission priority of breeding programming in May
3. Organization and execution of 1st annual special event fundraiser, "Barn Raiser," which raised $2,500 for capital improvement expenses (new horses; facilities construction; horse trailer), in May
4. Organization and execution of filming Horse Tales TV show episode featuring the Marsh Tacky on Daufuskie, specifically to carry out our mission priority of promoting the breed, in May
5.  Capital facilities improvements throughout 2016 including pasture clearing, hay seed planting, horse fence installation, construction of 4-stall barn, corral panels, supplies and materials. Also facilities repair due to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, ongoing throughout 2016
 
Our organization looks forward to achieving the following goals for the current year:
1. Organization and execution of DMTS's very first annual meeting with formal election of BOD and committees, 02/25/17
2. Organization and execution of ongoing grant writing schedule
3. Acquisition of a horse trailer, at minimum to serve as means to transport the horses off of the island in case of emergency, and at best to serve as means to attend promotional, training, educational and special events programming throughout SC
4. Publishing of equestrian vacation destination packages (our first earned income stream) and completion of facilities capital improvements to accommodate guests
5. Establishment of restricted funds savings account equal to 6 months of operating expenses for emergencies or rainy-day only
Needs
Our organization must have the following critical needs met ASAP in order to thrive:
1. Formalization of BOD and committees, responsibilities, policies and procedures
2. Establishment of membership levels and benefits 
3. Operating funds to pay two part-time staff persons beginning in March 2017 (12.00/hr X 20 hrs/week plus payroll tax = 21,320/year)
4. Partnership with colleges and universities for internship programming
5. Horse trailer (may be donated in exchange for FMV tax deductible receipt) in case of natural disaster or emergency and for special events/educational/training programming
CEO/Executive Director Statement
With a lifelong passion for horse sports and being a resident of the Lowcountry since 1999, I became enchanted by the Marsh Tacky horse after attending one of the very earliest beach races in the mid 2000's. Resurrected from Gullah tradition by the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association, the beach races were intended to raise public awareness about our SC State Heritage Horse as they galloped for bragging rights on the beautiful beaches of Hilton Head. I admired the horses' qualities so I began to research the breed and became fascinated with its history and heritage. Fast forward to 2012 and I was the equestrian director for Melrose Resort on Daufuskie. That winter, we were approached by Carolina Marsh Tacky Association about the possibility of hosting the races with us. I took the opportunity and ran with it. In April 2013 we hosted the 5th Annual Marsh Tacky Beach Races on Daufuskie. The island pulled together to overcome outstanding logistics challenges with amazing results. We barged 15 pedigree Marsh Tackies to the island, held a show and tell history lesson for Daufuskie's elementary school kids, raised money for CMTA through a silent auction fundraiser, and accommodated over 1,200 people to witness the largest special event in the history of the island with an estimated economic impact of $250,000. Unfortunately, as Melrose announced yet another term of insolvency, the races as well as my employment with the resort fell through the following year. While this was devastating to me I vowed never to let my dreams of bringing the Marsh Tacky back to Daufuskie be unrealized. As one door was being closed, others were opening. Over the next two years I applied my passion and undergraduate degree in non profit management to develop a strategic plan. In 2015 I organized the Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society. We are the only organization that exists to promote the breed within it's natural habitat. As the southern most barrier island in South Carolina, Daufuskie's most distinguishable feature is that it is only accessible by boat, there are no bridges to the island. Being a tourist destination, up to 200 people from all over the world visit the island daily through Freeport Marina, which our facilities are located directly across from. We have a unique opportunity to capture this audience and are one of very few facilities that welcome the public. We received our Agri-Tourism designation from the SC Dept of Agriculture in 2017. We are looking forward to growing the Marsh Tacky until it is no longer critically endangered, with your generous support! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Board Chair Statement  The Marsh Tacky horse is about so much more than meets the eye. The history, heritage and legacy that it represents for South Carolina and beyond belongs to all of us and it should be celebrated by everyone!
Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County
As the southern most barrier island in the state of South Carolina, Daufuskie Island is situated between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, GA. As a vacation destination, approx. 200,000 tourists travel to Daufuskie annually from all over the world. Our programming captures this audience, and we prioritize serving Beaufort County school district youth. We also travel to serve the general public in Jasper, Colleton and Hampton Counties and throughout the state of South Carolina. 
Board Chair
Board Chair KAREN MILLER-SMITH
Company Affiliation COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Term Feb 2017 to Feb 2019
Email rideintime@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
JAMES BRACKETT FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
LORI BURKE KAUFFELT ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
MARC HUDSON COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
JEAN KEGU COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
KAREN MILLER SMITH COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Human Resources / Personnel
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
JOHN BOWEN LAUGHLIN AND BOWEN LAW
WYLIE COX BELL CAROLINA MARSH TACKY OUTDOORS
MARSHA HEWITT SC DEPT OF AGRICULTURE
SALLIE ANN ROBINSON COOKING THE DAUFUSKIE WAY WITH SALLIE ANN ROBINSON
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO ERICA VEIT
Experience ERICA MARIE VEIT HAS BEEN IN THE LOWCOUNTRY SINCE 1999 WHEN SHE MOVED FROM HER HOMETOWN OF GREENBAY, WI TO ATTEND THE SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN ON A SCHOLARSHIP TO COMPETE WITH THEIR EQUESTRIAN TEAM. HER FAMILY FELL IN LOVE WITH HILTON HEAD AND RELOCATED TO BLUFFTON IN 2001. VEIT HAS BEEN AN ENTHUSIAST OF ALL EQUESTRIAN SPORTS AND BEGAN HER FIRST RIDING LESSONS AT AGE 7. HER FAMILY RELOCATED TO FT. WORTH, TX BEFORE HER KIDERGARDEN YEAR SO SHE HAD THE FORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES OF BEING SURROUNDED BY WORLD CLASS EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES AND COMPETITIONS. BY AGE 16 SHE WAS SHOWING A CIRCUIT HUNTER JUMPER AND IN THE RIBBONS WITH A VARIETY OF HORSES. SHE TOOK TIME OFF FROM HER COLLEGE CAREER AT SCAD TO RIDE PROFESSIONALLY IN ST. LOUIS, MO, SEDONA, AZ, AND LAS VEGAS, NV. SHE RETURNED HOME TO FINISH HER UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN NON PROFIT MANAGEMENT FROM THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON IN 2011. SHE WAS THEN RECRUITED TO TAKE THE POSITION OF EQUESTRIAN DIRECTOR FOR MELROSE RESORT ON DAUFUSKIE ISLAND IN 2012. HAVING A PASSION FOR THE MARSH TACKY HORSES SINCE ATTENDING ONE OF THE EARLIEST BEACH RACES IN 2009 ON HILTON HEAD, SHE SAW AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THE EVENT TO DAUFUSKIE ISLAND. SHE COORDINATED THE BEACH RACES ON DAUFUSKIE IN 2013 AND ACCOMPLISHED RUNNING THE LARGEST SPECIAL EVENT IN THE ISLAND'S HISTORY WITH AN ESTIMATED ATTENDANCE OF 1500 PEOPLE GENERATING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF OVER $250,000 AND NATIONAL NEWS COVERAGE FOR THE ISLAND. MELROSE RESORT MADE THE EXECUTIVE DECISION TO CLOSE THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER TEMPORARILY IN 2013 DUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDS. THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS STILL CLOSED TO THIS DAY. VEIT RESTRUCTURED HER PASSION AND VISION TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED MARSH TACKY HORSE IN THE CONTEXT OF ITS HISTORICAL ROOTS THROUGH BREEDING, TRAINING AND SALES PLUS EDUCATIONAL AND SPECIAL EVENTS PROGRAMMING BY FORMING THE DAUFUSKIE MARSH TACKY SOCIETY IN 2015. THE ORGANIZATION IS CELEBRATING THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ITS 501C3 STATUS FEBRUARY 2017.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 4
Contractors 3
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Diversity Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description As there are only 400 in the world, the core of DMTS's function is to grow the Marsh Tacky breed numbers until they are no longer an endangered species. We now have the foundation for a long term breeding program with the acquisition of one stallion and three mares who have been carefully selected for their ideal breed characteristics such as temperament, size, color and lineage to promote the integrity of the offspring and overall breeding stock future.
Budget 40200
Short Term Success Over the short term, our success will be measured by the increased number of Marsh Tacky foals being born thanks to our planned efforts. Our goal is to successfully and responsibly breed our stallion to well matched registered Marsh Tacky mares in order to achieve population stability while maintaining breed integrity.
Long Term Success Ultimately, Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society's efforts will be fully accomplished when the population of the Marsh Tacky horse is strategically and responsibly stabilized so that it is no longer an endangered species. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Our breeding program success will be monitored in advisory partnership with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, who is the organization responsible for developing the Marsh Tacky stud book registry. Registered Marsh Tacky births and deaths will be reported to and recorded with the ALBC and in turn they will publish such records within their online database and public newsletter.
Description As the only organization to promote and protect the endangered Marsh Tacky horse in its natural habitat, our horse training programming adheres to the principles of Natural Horsemanship and takes advantage of Daufuskie Island's natural resources and landscapes to produce talented, willing, well rounded horses which further promote and propagate the breed as they continue in their careers.
Budget 24000
Short Term Success TBD
Long Term Success TBD
Description A traveling, experiential, show-and-tell history lesson for all ages of the general public in partnership with South Carolina institutions, museums, historic sites, public schools. Attendees learn about the history of South Carolina while following the Marsh Tacky and its contributions to development, transportation, agricultural and wartime efforts in history and throughout the state. Attendees get to meet and greet a Marsh Tacky. 
Budget 4000
Short Term Success TBD
Long Term Success TBD
Strategy Yes
Description Progressive day camp (summer) and after school (fall/winter/spring) sessions for youth ages 5-14 with an emphasis on the importance of the Marsh Tacky in South Carolina history and heritage, environmental stewardship and coastal conservation, equine nutrition, green barn management, arts and crafts, natural horsemanship and riding skills.
Budget 5000
Short Term Success TBD
Long Term Success TBD
Description Students will earn college credit and gain hands-on, practical experience in stable management with a focus on breeding, training and sales. Job duties include equine nutrition planning and management for horses in all stages of development from foal to working horse to broodmare, pasture management, basic record keeping, emergency preparedness, understanding and administering basic equine first aid, horse handling, grooming, groundwork training and riding with a focus on the methods found in US Pony Club and Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Budget 4000
Short Term Success TBD
Long Term Success TBD
Program Success Monitored BY TBD
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$16,242$3,026--
Administration Expense$632$1,214--
Fundraising Expense$2,502$1,642--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.272.01--
Program Expense/Total Expenses37%52%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue32%20%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$19,409$7,885--
Current Assets$1,310$2,883--
Long-Term Liabilities$2,305$1,315--
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$17,104$3,687--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%17%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIN-KIND DONATION FOR RENT AND BARGE $44,435SHAREHOLDER NOTE PAYABLE $4,198--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountINDIVIDUAL CASH DONATIONS $5,350INDIVIDUAL CASH DONATIONS $6,250--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJEANNE LAND FOUNDATION $2,500IN KIND DONATION OF RENT AND BARGE $3,455--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose MARSH TACKY OFFICE/RETAIL/MUSEUM SPACE - In accordance with our mission which is to promote and protect the critically endangered Marsh Tacky horse in the context of its historical roots on Daufuskie Island through breeding, training and sales plus educational and special events programming, our horses’ basic accommodations needs are being met and now we must establish an office-retail-museum space for us to continue to grow and become self sustainable. After considerable research and evaluation of our needs, our organization has enthusiastically settled upon a refurbished shipping container as the best solution.
Goal $10,000
Dates June 2017 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of May 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Sept 2017
Nonprofit Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society
Address 58 FREEPORT RD
BOX 87
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC 29915
Primary Phone (843) 290-9119
CEO/Executive Director ERICA VEIT
Board Chair KAREN MILLER-SMITH
Board Chair Company Affiliation COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Year of Incorporation 2015