Our Vision

The CHAPS believe that horses and the disappearing natural world in which they thrive are necessary for healthy communities. Historically, horses have been essential to life in the United States for transportation, work, recreation, and encouraging connections to nature. In San Mateo County, examples of this heritage can be found at Folger Stable, The Woodside Store and Jack Brook Horse Camp. The CHAPS seek to recognize the continuing contribution of the horse by supporting the development and maintenance of equestrian facilities and activities in the County.

Non-profit Status:

CHAPS operates under the fiscal umbrellas of the Woodside Community Foundation and the Mounted Patrol Foundation, 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations. Donations to CHAPS are tax deductible as allowed by law.



CHAPS is managed by talented volunteers who are committed to minimal organizational overhead and project oriented fundraising. We exist and are able to do our good work by the grace and charity of our community. Donations can be directed for a specific program, or to the CHAPS general fund (supports website maintenance costs and fundraising activities). Below are our current programs:

  • Trails Maintenance.
  • Veterans Riding Program.
  • Horsemanship Lessons for Foster Children
  • Public Access to Horses - SMC facilities and programs 
  • General Funds (Undesignated)


CHAPS will not disclose any information on the identity or other details of donors beyond the amount of a donation without express written permission.


Financial Accountability

All financial transactions are reviewed by the board at the CHAPS monthly meeting who take seriously its donors wishes. An annual independent review by MPF treasurer assures adherence to best practices for non-profits.


How to Donate:

We welcome donations directly, as checks or as gifts from other foundations. When you donate, send us an email and let us know if you have a specific program in mind for your donation. If you do not designate a program, CHAPS will deposit your gift into general funds and assign it to the program that is most in need.


Donations by Paypal:
Click the button below to make your secure donation online. You do not need a Paypal account to use this channel.


Donations by Check:
Please make your check payable to either option below and send to the relevant address. 

    1. "Mounted Patrol Foundation/CHAPS"
          521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, CA 94062
          Tax ID: 75-2991593
    2. "Woodside Commmunity Foundation / CHAPS"
          P.O. Box 620494, Woodside, CA 94062
          Tax ID: 94-6108531