Peppers Ranch, Inc.
PO Box 3814
Edmond OK 73083
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement We are a nonprofit serving the entire state of Oklahoma breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect and taking "foster care excellence" to new heights. Let just say we are disrupting  the Status-quo of foster care. Peppers Ranch is a community of excellence for foster children and sibling groups from birth to beyond. We are where passionate people, services, support and high capacity living set the foundation for every child in care. So, we are not a group home! We are not a foster care agency, we are not a government subsidized entity. We are a privately funded, debt free, community, who seeks out the best of the best foster parents in our state, who share a passion and a purpose for caring for “the least of these”. We are an easily repeatable model with a small yet mighty staff, meeting Oklahoma Foster Children where they are, and not where society says they should be.” Success” in foster care is going to look different, and we are OK with that. 
With 17 families and 130 chidlren in our community, Peppers Ranch is truly Heaven on Earth! And... We have room to grow!


Contact Information
Contact Name Tonya Ratcliff
Contact email tonya@peppersranch.com
Address PO Box 3814
Edmond, OK 73083
Phone (405) 919-9888
Fax 866-216-1291
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.peppersranch.com
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/pr/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
  • 'Donate Now' button on organization website
  • 'Volunteer' tab on organization website
  • Mailed donations 
  • In-kind donations 
  • Peppers Ranch Teen Board 
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,200,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Year Founded 1999
IRS Ruling Year 2001
State Registration Expiration Oct 2019
Statements
Mission We are a nonprofit serving the entire state of Oklahoma breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect and taking "foster care excellence" to new heights. Let just say we are disrupting  the Status-quo of foster care. Peppers Ranch is a community of excellence for foster children and sibling groups from birth to beyond. We are where passionate people, services, support and high capacity living set the foundation for every child in care. So, we are not a group home! We are not a foster care agency, we are not a government subsidized entity. We are a privately funded, debt free, community, who seeks out the best of the best foster parents in our state, who share a passion and a purpose for caring for “the least of these”. We are an easily repeatable model with a small yet mighty staff, meeting Oklahoma Foster Children where they are, and not where society says they should be.” Success” in foster care is going to look different, and we are OK with that. 
Background
In 1999, 160 acres north of Edmond and west of Guthrie were purchased and donated to Peppers Ranch with the goal of developing a long-term residential care facility providing quality, planned care for abused and neglected boys. In 2010, an additional 80 acres were donated to Peppers Ranch to bring the total size of the property to 240 acres.
 
In January of 2008, Peppers Ranch began an extensive study on how we could help more children while maximizing the investment of our donor base. We thoroughly researched what other states were doing and found three foster care communities one each in Illinois, Washington and Texas. We spoke with all three on numerous occasions and visited the Texas site. While there, we learned how they operated and we analyzed the advantages compared to our existing group home model. Following this thorough evaluation in early 2009, Peppers Ranch changed its mission and became the first foster care community in Oklahoma.
 
Currently, Peppers Ranch has 17 foster homes, a 20,000 sq. ft. Equestrian Center, an Agricultural Center, a Calf Barn, a 19,000-square-foot Multi-Purpose Learning Center, an 8-acre stocked pond, baseball & soccer fields, playground and campsites We recently added a 57,000 gall on in-ground swimming pool with connected cabana. in 2018 we were blessed with a second location and 415 acres of land where 40 new foster home will be built and room for over 350 foster children. In 2020 we will start construction on 3 NEW FOSTER HOMES!
Impact One day, we will end the foster care crisis when more families are searching for children, than children searching for families.
Needs Monetary Contributions and Grants: We rely on monetary contributions and grants to fund our programs, homes and community. We make sure every donation is used in the best possible way to impact the future of the children in our community. Peppers Ranch does not accept Federal or State money. We seek investment to expand our model with time, money and talent to broaden our reach, and transform statistics into stories of success. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement Peppers Ranch is designed to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.  The ranch provides a disciplined environment in which the children are challenged and encouraged to develop responsible behavioral skills, academic standards, social discipline, spiritual principles and physical activity.  Sibling relations are emotionally powerful and critically important. Our community places strong emphasis on keeping sibling groups together thus avoiding children being bounced around in “the DHS system.”  By design, the ranch enables foster parents to maintain a long-term commitment to the children in their care. It is the goal to provide foster families with resources that enable them to provide the children that call Peppers Ranch “home” the tools to not just get by in life, but to become happy, successful, independent and productive adults. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Peppers Ranch serves children in the state of Oklahoma who are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.  These children are victims of abuse and neglect and in DHS custody. Right now 17 families, 130 children and and 32 sibling groups call Peppers Ranch home. Our goal includes keeping sibling groups together, while in DHS custody and through adoption or reunification.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Adoption
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/
Programs
Description Certified teachers provide after school math and reading tutoring, as well as home work assistance. This support allows students of all ages and abilities to develop the skills necessary for academic success.
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Description Our riding program is based on the principle that, through working with horses, children can learn life skills that initiate positive change. Our focus is teaching the children how to handle relational conflict, how to help others, ways to establish trust, bonding, determination, creativity, strong work ethic and spirituality. As horsemanship skills grow, so will their ability to connect and form trusting relationships with other human beings. Skills learned with the horse can be transferred to their home life and inside the classroom setting. 
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Description The Edmond Fine Arts Institute provides children Art Therapy on a weekly basis. As a form of psychotherapy, art therapy often involves both the creation of art and the discovery of its meaning. Individuals are encouraged to visualize, and then create, the thoughts and emotions that they cannot talk about.
Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description There are many positive associations between music education and increased abilities in non-musical (eg, linguistic, mathematical, and spatial) domains in children. At Peppers Ranch we believe that exposure to music is crucial for development and healing. Our music program exposes children to an array of musical avenues which we hope will put a love and desire for music in their souls. Our programs combine group and individual activities that are based upon theory, composure, and hands-on exposure to instruments, and much more. Parents have found that music can improve their child’s memory and small motor skills as well as build their confidence and self-worth. This not only helps their child succeed in music, but in school and extra-curricular activities outside of school.
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Description These positive, youth development organizations, empower our young people to reach their full potential. The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects (such as wood working, public speaking, show animals, cooking, etc.) and set and achieve goals with confidence. With an emphasis on volunteerism and leadership, we teach the children the importance of standing up for themselves and their communities.
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Every season brings new growth to the community at Peppers Ranch. We like to think of ourselves as a "hybrid". When you look at our community, you will see a mature, thriving, nonprofit. If you look closely, you will see something different, something unique and special. Our community runs independent of state and federal funding and without a contract with the Department of Human Services. Our "families" are our community, and our model seeks out the "best of the best" of foster parents who want to expand their mission and their family by Fathering the Fatherless. Our "landlord/tenant" relationship removes the "employee/employer" model which allows us to operate with lower overhead than other group home settings. In fact, we are not a group home. We are simply a community of passionate families, working hard to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect and help as many Oklahoma orphans as humanly possible. We are working hard to show the wounded their calling, their passions, and to cheer them on with a little bit of love and encouragement. We are a community that heals the broken and gives strength to the meek and frightened. Some call us heroes, but we are just Mom's and Dad's daring to change the world, one foster care crisis at a time. We are Peppers Ranch! Welcome home! 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Tonya Ratcliff
Start Date Sept 2013
Email tonya@peppersranch.com
Experience
Meet Tonya Ratcliff, Executive Director of Peppers Ranch, a Foster Care and Adoption Community located in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Tonya is “mother of many” to 13 fantastic children of which, 8 are adopted through OKDHS, 2 biological, and 3 currently in foster care. Tonya is married to her wonderful husband of 18 years, Travis Ratcliff, and has lived at Peppers Ranch since 2009. Tonya and Travis are advocates for children with special needs (specifically drug exposed infants) and feel their calling focuses on finding answers and avenues to help these children grow and overcome life’s obstacles. Four of the Ratcliff’s children are special needs, 2 with moderate effects from drug and alcohol exposure during their pregnancy, one on the autism spectrum, and one with a terminal illness and delays resulting from a missing chromosome.
 
Tonya was born and raised in Oklahoma City, attended Putnam City North High School, and obtained her B.S. in Applied Health Sciences and her M.Ed. in Professional Health Occupations at the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond.
 
Tonya’s journey into foster care and adoption started while she was in hospital administration at INTEGRIS Health, launching a new program for premature infants in the NICU. A baby boy in need of a family literally fell into her lap. Since that day, her journey hasn’t stopped and the Ratcliff’s currently have 6 boys and 7 girls, all under the age of 14.
 
When Tonya isn't on the go promoting Peppers Ranch, their family enjoys spending time outdoors, going to the lake and doing their best to "relax". 
 
“We love short road trips, family game night and eating out! I love making bets with my kids where loser of the bet has to do laundry! And we have plenty to go around.”
 
Tonya prides herself in the art of mind reading because almost every day when her family is out and about, she'll get peculiar looks and long stares. Tonya smiles and responds before the question is even asked, "Yes! They're all mine!" To find out more about how you can break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, or to get involved in the Peppers Ranch Community go to: www.peppersranch.com, or call Tonya Ratcliff at 405-919-9888.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 7
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 225
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2019
Board Chair
Name Mr. David Penland
Company Affiliation United Acoustics
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2021
Board of Directors
List Current as of Apr 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mrs. Jill Castilla President & CEOCitizens Bank of EdmondVoting
Mrs. Jeanetta DobsonVoting
Mr. Nick EstradaVoting
Mr. Glen FlorescaVoting
Mr. John HoodPrivate InvestorVoting
Mr. Bruce KnooihuizenPrivate InvestorVoting
Ms. Patti LewisBarnes & Lewis LLPVoting
Mr. David PenlandPresident, United AcousticsVoting
Mrs. Leslie Rainbolt-ForbesCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Denise RemondinoCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Steve SlawsonVoting
Ms. Kristin TibbsVoting
Mr. Scott WernerVoting
Mr. Jim WillistonTyler MediaVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 5
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Building
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Parents
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr Bill HowardCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Cody InmanCommunity Volunteer
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019-Dec 31, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,500,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,200,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$5,670,034$1,436,002$1,374,802
Total Expenses$1,172,233$1,055,320$1,111,513
Revenue Less Expenses$4,497,801$380,682$263,289
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Contributions$5,367,259$1,303,241$1,589,447
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$101,921$82,770$70,201
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$200,854$49,991($284,846)
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,006,920$905,535$1,075,340
Administration Expense$109,159$96,349$36,173
Fundraising Expense$56,154$53,436--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses4.841.361.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%4%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$13,373,198$8,886,133$8,492,647
Current Assets$969,817$1,251,963$761,236
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$70,732$81,468$68,664
Total Net Assets$13,302,466$8,804,665$8,423,983
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.7115.3711.09
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $5,367,259Contributions $1,303,241Contributions $1,589,447
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $101,921Investment Income $82,770Investment Income $70,201
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $19,111Other $21,184Other $7,398
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purpose is to fund the addition of three new homes to our Peppers Ranch community which will house an additional 27 children of child abuse and neglect.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000
Campaign Dates Jan 2014 to Mar 2015
Amount Raised To Date $100,000 as of Apr 2012
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments

All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.

Note: In fiscal year 2017, 2016, and 2015, had prior period adjustments of $181,740, $28,807, and ($292,244), respectively. There are included in the "Other" revenue.

Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.

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Address PO Box 3814
Edmond, OK 73083
Primary Phone 405 919-9888
Contact Email tonya@peppersranch.com
Give with Credit Card https://www.peppersranch.com
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/pr/
CEO/Executive Director Tonya Ratcliff
Board Chair Mr. David Penland
Board Chair Company Affiliation United Acoustics