Educational Institutions

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

  • Plymouth Notch, VT
  • www.coolidgefoundation.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to open the eyes of the world to Calvin Coolidge. We seek to do this by reaching out to younger generations via merit scholarships, debate competitions, and encouragement of scholarly research and education. We aim to be the gateway to all things Coolidge, offering or pointing the way to documents and archival material that verify, clarify, and interpret President Coolidge's life, character and philosophy.


Main Programs

  1. Coolidge Scholarship
  2. High School Presidential Debate
  3. Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth
  4. Coolidge Prize for Journalism
Service Areas

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National

The Foundation's first goal is to acquaint Americans with Coolidge by bringing them to the Calvin Coolidge State historic site in Plymouth Notch. In partnership with the state of Vermont, which runs the grounds on the historic site and hosts world-class museum exhibits, we have created a wonderful destination. The Foundation also operates a major debate program that brings hundreds of high schoolers to Plymouth Notch each summer to learn about Coolidge and debate topics related to presidential decision making. In addition, the Foundation has the National Advisory Board that seeks to increase, on a national level, the public awareness and support for the initiatives of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Through the influence of this Board the Coolidge Foundation will benefit and gain visibility in the areas of education, collections and archives, membership, volunteers and fund raising. The National Advisory Board will also offer advice on decision- making and future planning.

ruling year

1965

Executive Director

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Mr. Matt Denhart

Keywords

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President Calvin Coolidge

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EIN

03-6009701

 Number

6172681305

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Coolidge Scholarship

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride academic merit scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. The Coolidge Scholarship may be used by recipients at any accredited college or university in the United States. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

High School Presidential Debate

The Coolidge Foundation sponsors a robust high school debate program that emphasizes content instruction in economics and public policy.

The hallmark of the debate program is the Coolidge Cup National Debate Tournament. The Coolidge Cup features qualifying debate tournaments held in cities around America. The top placers at these qualifying tournaments earn the right to compete for the Coolidge Cup in a national championship tournament held on the Fourth of July in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

The Coolidge Foundation's dedication to content instruction sets its debate program apart. The Foundation sponsors a rigorous week-long overnight debate camp that attracts students from across America who come for content expertise, in addition to debate training. On tournament days, world-renown policy experts are brought in to craft and convey economics materials to the debate students. The students also receive detailed topic briefs that explain the issues and provide arguments and evidence in support of both sides of the debate resolution. Students put what they learn to immediate use through competitive debate.

Sample topics encountered by students at Coolidge Foundation debate programs include: property rights, inflation, taxes, immigration, trade, protectionism, and carbon taxes.

Well over 1,000 students have participated in Coolidge Foundation debate programs since 2013.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation has proudly established the Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth, a prize named after father and son for writers aged 19 years and younger currently living or attending school in the state of Vermont.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Coolidge Prize for Journalism

The Coolidge Prize for Journalism is a $20,000 prize for short writing of published articles or published blog posts under 800 words each. The prize goes to the author who best captures the spirit and style of the thirtieth president and the ideals Coolidge favored, some of which were: independence, thrift, balanced budgets, a restrained federal government, active state government, perseverance after hardship, appreciation of commerce, stable money, support for international law, competence at work, meticulous respect for the Constitution, civility and respect for religious faith.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Foundation's first goal is to acquaint Americans with Coolidge by bringing them to the Calvin Coolidge State historic site in Plymouth Notch. In partnership with the state of Vermont, which runs the grounds on the historic site and hosts world-class museum exhibits, we have created a wonderful destination. The Foundation also operates a major debate program that brings hundreds of high schoolers to Plymouth Notch each summer to learn about Coolidge and debate topics related to presidential decision making. In addition, the Foundation has the National Advisory Board that seeks to increase, on a national level, the public awareness and support for the initiatives of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Through the influence of this Board the Coolidge Foundation will benefit and gain visibility in the areas of education, collections and archives, membership, volunteers and fund raising. The National Advisory Board will also offer advice on decision- making and future planning.

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CALVIN COOLIDGE PRESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

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Executive Director

Mr. Matt Denhart

BIO

Denhart previously served as a research fellow of the George W. Bush Institute and as administrative director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He has studied immigration policy extensively and is the author of “America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth," published in 2015 by the Bush Institute and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Denhart has written and spoken widely on the topics of higher education, labor, and tax policy. He has authored numerous policy studies and has contributed articles to national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN Opinion, Bloomberg View, Huffington Post, and the New York Post. He has appeared in broadcast outlets such as ABC News and C-SPAN. Denhart played a critical role in developing the index of “America's Best Colleges," published annually by Forbes Magazine.

Denhart is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University where he earned degrees in economics and political science. At Ohio University, Denhart was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was the J. Warren McClure/Stephen H. Fuller Cutler Scholar. He lives in the Upper Valley with his wife, Andrea, and their two dogs.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Amity Shlaes

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