Peppers Ranch, Inc.
PO Box 3814
Edmond OK 73083
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Through shelter, counseling, and extended activities, Peppers Ranch seeks to "break the cycle" of child abuse and neglect. With a network of caring supportive adults on whom children can depend, Peppers Ranch is committed to providing quality care and a safe place where physical and emotional wounds can heal.
Peppers Ranch is a 240-acre foster care community for abused and neglected children.

Contact Information
Contact Name Tonya Ratcliff
Contact email
Address PO Box 3814
Edmond, OK 73083
Phone (405) 919-9888
Fax 866-216-1291
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
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  • 'Volunteer' tab on organization website
  • Mailed donations 
  • In-kind donations 
  • Pepppers Ranch Teen Board 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $666,644.00
Projected Expenses $456,750.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1999
IRS Ruling Year 2001
State Registration Expiration Apr 2017
Mission Through shelter, counseling, and extended activities, Peppers Ranch seeks to "break the cycle" of child abuse and neglect. With a network of caring supportive adults on whom children can depend, Peppers Ranch is committed to providing quality care and a safe place where physical and emotional wounds can heal.

 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 13 foster homes, a 20,000 sq. ft. Equestrian Center, an Agricultural Center, a Calf Barn, a 11,000-square-foot Multi-Purpose Learning Center, an 8-acre stocked pond, baseball & soccer fields, playground and campsites. In 2017 we will start construction on 3 NEW FOSTER HOMES, expand our Multi-Purpose Learning Center, add an inground swimming pool and plant a 50 tree, fruit tree orchard on our land. Here we grow again, at Peppers Ranch! 



It is the goal of Peppers Ranch to become home to as many children as possible. These children, through no fault of their own, have been victims of abuse and neglect. Our safe and nurturing community will inspire and equip children to reach their full potential.



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.
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, 27 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/
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 200
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
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
Board Chair
Name Mr. Bruce Knooihuizen
Company Affiliation Private Investor
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 06, 2017
Board of Directors List
Jill Castilla President & CEOCitizens Bank of EdmondVoting
Mr. Kent Fleming AttorneyVoting
Mr. John Hood Private InvestorVoting
Ben Humphries Private InvestorVoting
Mr. Bruce Knooihuizen Private InvestorVoting
Ms. Patti Lewis Barnes & Lewis LLPVoting
Mr. Kyle Maxwell Retired MinisterVoting
Mr. David Penland President, United AcousticsVoting
Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Denise Remondino Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jim Williston Tyler MediaVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
David Folks
David Thompson
Matt Wilson
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $666,644
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $456,750
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 Year201520142013
Total Revenue$1,667,046$2,298,781$1,309,785
Total Expenses$1,111,513$760,504$731,328
Revenue Less Expenses$555,533$1,538,277$578,457
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$70,201$243$40,682
Unrealized Gain/Loss--$416,509$205,435
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,075,340$745,570$684,447
Administration Expense$36,173$11,395$33,286
Fundraising Expense--$3,539$13,595
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.503.021.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%98%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,492,647$8,184,529$6,650,007
Current Assets$247,798$407,848$247,745
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$68,664$23,835$20,491
Total Net Assets$8,423,983$8,160,694$6,629,516
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.6117.1112.09
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $1,589,447Contributions $1,873,269Contributions $1,063,506
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $70,201Realized & Unrealized Gains/Losses $399,609Realized & Unrealized Gains/Loss $205,434
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $7,398Investment Income $17,143Investment Income $40,682
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
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 20 children of child abuse and neglect.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000
Campaign Dates Mar 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 form 990
Note:  There was a prior period adjustment in 2014 of $7,099 and 2015 financials reflect an unposted prior year financial audit adjustment of $292,244.
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Address PO Box 3814
Edmond, OK 73083
Primary Phone 405 919-9888
Contact Email
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CEO/Executive Director Tonya Ratcliff
Board Chair Mr. Bruce Knooihuizen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Investor