"Where special kids and horses shine."


Shining Hope Farms was founded in 2002 by Paul and Milinda Kirkpatrick in response to the needs in the community to provide therapeutic services in an enriching farm environment. The purpose of the farms’ services is to improve the quality of life of the participants as well as their families. Shining Hope Farms’ programs have been structured to serve individuals and groups with a variety of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, Developmental Disabilities, Brain Injuries, Hypotonia, and the like. Our clients find wellness, strength, and hope on the back of a horse.

The services provided at both the Mecklenburg and Gaston County farms are the same. We have two farms to expand the reach of services to children in both counties and beyond. We are serving over 150 children and adults weekly at both locations.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Mission Statement:
Shining Hope Farms was created for but not limited to provide services to people with disabilities, that includes horseback riding, family and caregiver support, and social and recreational activities. We serve both children and adults.

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Shining Hope Farms has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Shining Hope Farms’ deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

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Annual Report

In our most recent fiscal year, 90 cents of every dollar went to our programs. If you are interested in learning more about our past year's financials please view our 2015 Annual Report.





Please review our most recent audit (fiscal year 2015) here. We voluntarily perform audits every three years.

Charting Impact Report

We encourage you to view Shining Hope Farms’ Charting Impact Report. This report demonstrates to our vast support-base our commitment to making a greater difference in the world. By clearly articulating our plans for and progress toward impact, Shining Hope Farms is positioned to more effectively address our mission.

To complete the Charting Impact Report, we had to answer five questions about our goals, strategies, capabilities, indicators of success, and accomplishments to date. Charting Impact is a nationwide initiative of BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar USA, and Independent Sector, three organizations that have been leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for decades.