QUALIFICATIONS FOR NCHA CHARITIES FOUNDATION
1. Need: Must fit the criteria within the constitution of the Foundation (An unexpected and severe disaster from a serious illness, accident or fire).
2. Membership: Must be a member in good standing of the NCHA for at least two consecutive years prior to the request for assistance.
a. Must prove financial need cannot be met from personal assets, which extends beyond cash on hand.
i. Supply current financial statement.
ii. Supply previous two years personal (Form 1040) tax returns.
b. Must prove that there is no insurance coverage for the unexpected and severe disaster or there is inadequate insurance coverage as determined at the sole discretion of the Crisis Committee.
4. Recommendation: An NCHA Director in the same area as the applicant must sign and submit a recommendation letter with the application.
5. Contact Information: Contact information for the applicant and recommending NCHA Director must be submitted with the application. It may be necessary for the NCHA Charities Foundation to obtain additional information from either or both parties.
a. The application is submitted to the Chairperson of the Crisis Committee.
b. After the Crisis Committee has determined that all criteria have been met, the application is forwarded to the NCHA Charities Foundation Treasurer.
c. The Treasurer reviews the application again to determine agreement that all criteria have been met.
d. The Treasurer issues a check in the amount of the requested and/or approved amount (not to exceed $5,000).
e. The President of the NCHA Charities Foundation also signs all crisis checks.
f. Each applicant can apply twice per year for crisis assistance, with at least 60 days between applications.
g. Meeting the application requirements does not entitle the applicant to assistance. The Crisis Committee has sole and complete discretion as to whether any application will be granted. Each application will be considered on a case by case basis.
Cutters In Action, the CIA, was founded in 1982 after the death of Vicki Bush, wife of cutting horse trainer Jimmy Bush, who lost her courageous battle with cancer. This tragic loss highlighted the need for charity and assistance in the cutting horse industry.
The NCHA Charities Foundation had already been established following the tragic death of young Trey Shelton, son of long time NCHA member Ralph Shelton. The two causes joined forces and became known as the National Cutting Horse Association—Cutters In Action Foundation, or CIA.
The CIA’s top priorities include the education of our youth and assistance to NCHA families in times of crisis. NCHA Charities also help provide for education, research and promotion of the cutting horse.
The CIA needs continuous support to help insure other members’ assistance when needed. There are several ways you can be supportive of the CIA and its purpose. The CIA relies on a significant amount of its annual revenue from the membership dues.
Memorial gifts and tribute gifts can also be made in honor of your friends and families. The family member or friend is advised of the gift given in their behalf. All dues and other contributions to the Cutters In Action are tax deductible. Please join today and give the needed support to both our youth and our friends in time of need. Click here for printable form.