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IEA Benevolent Fund

The IEA BENEVOLENT FUND was established to provide a Financial Assistance Program for young riders in grades 4-12 who need funding assistance to enable them to take lessons and compete in the IEA. Financial Aid provides support for membership fees, bi-weekly riding lessons, and 5 shows of entry fees, plus potential travel money and entries for post-season finals. The Benevolent Fund also provides emergency funding for our coaches, who experience an unexpected event that impedes their ability to work such as illness, accidents, barn fires, natural disasters, and other unexpected tragedies that translate into a loss of personal business income through the Coaches Assistance Grant.

Unfortunately, each year the need is greater than IEA Operating Funds can support.

Of the $41,360 in Financial Aid awarded to riders and coaches in 2022-2023, only 17% of that was funded through charitable giving – with the remaining bulk of 83% funded out of IEA Operating Funds

As operations get tighter with rising costs, these funds are diminishing and cannot be replenished without increased donation and fundraising revenues. IEA has been proud to support nearly 100% of approved applications for aid each year but can no longer sustain this distribution model. We are looking to find NEW SUPPORT so that operational money can be used for operations and donations and fundraising revenues can be used for financial aid.

YOU can help the IEA reach their goal of achieving a sustainable financial aid program long into the future.

What Do Your Contributions Provide?

A tax-deductible donation of $1,895 to the IEA Benevolent Fund would provide FULL Assistance/Support for (1) Rider to compete for an entire season.

IEA Financial Aid Coverage Includes:

  • IEA will waive or refund the student-rider’s individual membership fee for one discipline ($70).
  • IEA will pay the student-rider’s lesson fees to the IEA Sponsoring Coach  ($30/lesson-2x per month-up to $540.00 max).
  • IEA will pay all standard competition entry fees for up to (5) regular season shows in one discipline ($475 Maximum)
  • $1,085 maximum in regular season.

In the event of post season competition, additional financial aid will be awarded as follows:

  • IEA will pay the student’s standard entry fees for qualified Individual classes at regional, zone and national finals (up to $360 max).
  • IEA will pay a $150 travel stipend for zone finals (HS) or regional finals (W/D) and a $300 travel stipend for national finals.
  • $810 max in post season additional funds.

Contributing to the IEA Benevolent Fund is easy to do. Any donation amount is appreciated and needed.

Donations can be made directly online at or if you prefer to send a check, it can be mailed along with a DONATE BY MAIL form to:

IEA National Office
PO Box 809
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Because the IEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, donations are tax deductible. 

Thank you for your support!

Questions about charitable giving to IEA? 

Contact Resource Development Director,
Kathy Dando at

For Financial Information about the IEA, please go to


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