Help Draft Horse Sanctuary Expand and Build!

$650 of $374,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 3 months
Created September 26, 2018
United In Light (UIL), Inc., draft sanctuary located in Livingston, Montana is a 501c3 nonprofit Charity that specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation for the elder, abused, neglected draft horse breeds from an untimely death of slaughter. We have been serving the community and draft horses since 2003. Over the last 15 years we have rescued 30 draft horses from slaughter that have resided here at the ranch and have assisted in helping hundreds of younger draft horse breeds find new homes. We are raising funds to expand our endeavors.

Enhancing and inspiring lives through healing and hope between horses and humans.

The horses rescued by UIL have had very hard lives, pulling, driving or as a result from the Premarin (pregnant mare urine- using primary draft mares) industry. These horses have worked so hard that by the time they are found on the feed lots they are scarred, traumatized, distrustful with permanent injuries and broken spirits. Once they arrive here at UIL, we accommodate to their needs not the other way around by helping them to trust, love and heal through the countless visitors of all ages, classes & senior groups that also come for healing and the amazing experience. We rescue gentle giants from all over the country to become a united herd family.

In order to continue this good work, we need your help! We are fully funded by the public and all Volunteer based. Your donation will  make a difference for the current horses as well as allowing us to fulfill our greatest need to expand and to work under a larger capacity to create longevity for United In Light, for generations to come. We were fortunate to recently acquire the adjacent 22 acres due to the generosity of three UIL donors. Now the work begins and we need your help!

Donation Levels:
Suffolk Punch Level $1- $100
     All donors will receive a UIL Commemorative postcard.
Shire Level $101- $250
     All donors will receive a UIL Ceramic Ornament.
Belgian Level $251- $1000
     All donor names will be placed together on a large stone placed on the    
Clydesdale Level $1,001- $10,000
     Your name will be placed on a cobblestone in the entrance area.
Percheron Level $10,001 on up
     Your name will be placed on the founders wall within the venue for all to see.

How are the Funds being utilized:
$7,000 goes toward Winter Hay and supplemental feed.  The current 12 horses are averaging five bales of hay for 12 days in the winter months, plus supplemental feeds, Timothy pellets and Equine Cavalor Supplement. (horses go through 130 round bales per year)
$3000 = Toward purchase of a manure spreader for new pastures.
The rest of the funds go toward: A Timber built Carriage house that includes an equine rehab facility, main office, store and kitchen. Building a Hay barn. Installing a Septic system. Brining electricity to land and future buildings. Fencing the whole property and separate pasture areas. Putting in a Water Well and equine waterers. Building a couple of Cabins. Utilizing a combination of Solar and Wind power. Building a pavilion for The Mane Event fundraiser as well as other venue and visitor opportunities.

What this expansion will provide:
*Produce a flow of income that will help to stabilize funds for the sanctuary.
*Create a Legacy for United In Light. A place that has the capacity to home United In Light for generations to come.
*Provide a venue building that will allow year-round flow of visitors, fundraising events, educational facility, workshops and the ability to bring in other professionals to rent out the space for workshops.
*Provide an Equine Rehab Facility where we would be able to provide isolation and healing care to horses in need.
*Provide pasture to grow grass hay.
*Provide an office space that can handle our growing nonprofit along with growing board members and volunteers. 
*Provide covered hay and feed sheltered from the Montana weather.
*Accommodate more emergency horse cases when needed.
*Provide a roaming/running area track or pathway around the 22 acres.
*Provide a sanctuary space for those horses that have crossed over as well as to provide trees in honor of those that have placed UIL in their trust.
*Provide a storage barn that will protect all equipment used in taking care of the land, pastures etc.

Help be part of the UIL legacy!
To read more about United In Light click here.
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Update 3
Posted by Deborah Derr
9 days ago
We had some amazing volunteers today help us clean out the old building on the new land. We are going to use it to store all the UIL equipment and feed which has been stored in our garage for the past 11 years. We’re also going use it as our headquarters for volunteers until we get all the funds and build out the new UIL home base!!! So exciting!
Yup we are still raising funds! All funds coming in go toward the expansion until completed ;)
Thank you for helping with United In Light draft horse sanctuary dream!!
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Update 2
Posted by Deborah Derr
23 days ago
Thank you for all those that have been making donations toward our new facilities! All donations coming in are going toward this project! We are receiving checks and donations through PayPal, so we will continue to adjust the total amount still needed to raise :).
Thank you and a Happy New Year!!
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Update 1
Posted by Deborah Derr
1 month ago
This is happening Thanks to Selz Foundation, Corey Widmer and dear Julia Simpson (RIP your name & honor will continue at UIL), UIL has 22 additional acres!!!! Thank you Jane Tecca of Engel & Volkers for all your help!
Please consider a donation to help us complete our Legacy expansion!
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$650 of $374,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 3 months
Created September 26, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
United In Light, Inc.
Certified Charity
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Livingston, MT
EIN: 200469874
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