Arts, Culture, and Humanities

National Monuments Foundation Inc

  • Atlanta, GA
  • http://www.thenmf.og

Mission Statement

The National Monuments Foundation's mission is to create self-sustaining destination landmarks of national, historical and aesthetic relevance, as well as centers for cultural, civic and social activities for local and greater communities around the world.

Its Atlanta headquarters (within the Millennium Gate Museum, a 101-foot-tall arch based on the Arch of Titus in Rome) preserves and interprets Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage and highlights Georgia's historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and to the world. With the successful completion of the Prince of Wales's Olympics Monument and its destination landmark, the Millennium Gate Museum, the Foundation has established its leadership role in the development public spaces. In 2006 the Foundation received the Palladio Award for best new public space in the United States. The Foundation's commitment to classical design for urban spaces has attracted the attention of numerous leaders in cities around the world. These leaders desire to accomplish for their communities what the Millennium Gate Museum has done for Atlanta: versatile and energizing community plazas, state of the art education facilities and inspirational destinations that promote legacies of history, honor and hope.

Main Programs

  1. Millennium Gate Museum
  2. Historic Mims Park
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Throughout the United States.

ruling year

2004

President since 2004

Self-reported

Rodney Mims Cook Jr.

Keywords

Self-reported

Arts, history, international affairs, georgia, atlanta

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EIN

06-1705763

 Number

2800831963

Physical Address

395 17th Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30363

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Millennium Gate Museum

The Millennium Gate Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage as well as highlight Georgia’s historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and to the world. The Gate is a classically styled monumental arch located in Atlanta, historically called “The Gate City.” It is designed in the tradition of classical Roman triumphal arches that have been built around the world over the past 2,500 years, and houses a 12,000 square foot museum that narrates Georgia’s history through sophisticated interactive technology, film, period rooms, and exhibitions. The museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity and the winner of the Palladio Award for design of a public space.

Among the most comprehensive museums of Georgia history, The Gate is also a facilitator for world-class art and history exhibitions which tour venues exclusively across Georgia. To great national and British acclaim, the museum recently organized an eight city tour of The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting to LaGrange, Sea Island, Columbus, Macon, Atlanta, Rome, Athens, and Savannah. The museum continues its mission of showcasing world-class art across Georgia by connecting the state’s arts and history museums, sharing exhibitions, and enabling all the people of Georgia to enjoy our shared cultural patrimony.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$625,000.00

Program 2

Historic Mims Park

NMF Historic Mims Park's mission is to restore the 19th century park constructed by Mayor Livingston Mims. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers, Mims Park contained Atlanta's first integrated playground for children to enjoy regardless of race, in an attempt to forge bonds for the city's future.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$7,500,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The National Monuments Foundation's mission is to create self-sustaining destination landmarks of national, historical and aesthetic relevance, as well as centers for cultural, civic and social activities for local and greater communities around the world.

    Its Atlanta headquarters (within the Millennium Gate Museum, a 101-foot-tall arch based on the Arch of Titus in Rome) preserves and interprets Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage and highlights Georgia's historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and to the world. With the successful completion of the Prince of Wales's Olympics Monument and its destination landmark, the Millennium Gate Museum, the Foundation has established its leadership role in the development public spaces. In 2006 the Foundation received the Palladio Award for best new public space in the United States. The Foundation's commitment to classical design for urban spaces has attracted the attention of numerous leaders in cities around the world. These leaders desire to accomplish for their communities what the Millennium Gate Museum has done for Atlanta: versatile and energizing community plazas, state of the art education facilities and inspirational destinations that promote legacies of history, honor and hope.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Organizations managed by the National Monuments Foundation:

    Millennium Gate Museum
    The Millennium Gate Museum's mission is to preserve and interpret Georgia history, art, culture and philanthropic heritage as well as highlight Georgia's historical and aesthetic relevance to the United States and to the world. The Gate is a classically styled monumental arch located in Atlanta, historically called “The Gate City." It is designed in the tradition of classical Roman triumphal arches that have been built around the world over the past 2,500 years, and houses a 12,000 square foot museum that narrates Georgia's history through sophisticated interactive technology, film, period rooms, and exhibitions.

    Among the most comprehensive museums of Georgia history, The Gate is also a facilitator for world-class art and history exhibitions which tour venues exclusively across Georgia. To great national and British acclaim, the museum recently organized an eight city tour of The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting to LaGrange, Sea Island, Columbus, Macon, Atlanta, Rome, Athens, and Savannah. The museum continues its mission of showcasing world-class art across Georgia by connecting the state's arts and history museums, sharing exhibitions, and enabling all the people of Georgia to enjoy our shared cultural patrimony.

    World Athletes Monument
    The World Athletes Monument, more commonly known as the Prince Charles Monument or Prince of Wales Monument, is a monument located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The monument, dedicated to the 1996 Summer Olympics, is a gift from HRH the Prince of Wales in honor of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The monument is located on Peachtree Street, at Pershing Point, in Midtown Atlanta. The monument has had an astounding impact on the surrounding underutilized land, and has become a regional cultural landmark and place to celebrate national and international events.

    Historic Mims Park
    Historic Mims Park's mission is to restore the 19th century park constructed by Mayor Livingston Mims. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers, Mims Park contained Atlanta's first integrated playground for children to enjoy regardless of race, in an attempt to forge bonds for the city's future.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    http://thenmf.org
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    http://thenmf.org
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    http://thenmf.org
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Throughout the United States.

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President

Rodney Mims Cook Jr.

BIO

Rodney Mims Cook, Jr. is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He is a scholar of the American Academy in Rome. At the age of 14, he initiated the campaign to successfully save the 5000+ seat Fox Theatre and in 1974 was a White House intern. In 1982, he established Rodney M. Cook Interests, a design/development company. In 1987, he established PolitesCook Architects which designed the Newington Cropsey Museum, NY, housing the largest American collection of Hudson River School paintings (Arthur Ross Award to founder). He is a Founding Trustee of The Prince of Wales's Foundation for Architecture and organized the design and construction of the Princes' Olympic Games Monument in Atlanta with Anton Glikine, et al. He is a charter signer of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Cook is currently orchestrating the design for a memorial library in Washington, D.C. to Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and their wives Abigail and Louisa Johnson Adams. Cook's design proposal with co-designer Michael Franck won the 2011 commendation prize for the National Civic Art Society Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, also for Washington, D.C. This commendation resulted in Cook testifying before Congress. In November of 2015, he was a keynote speaker at the “Master Plan for 21st Century Havana" Conference, which for the first time in Cuban history, Cuban citizens and international scholars and urbanists participated together to develop an independent and comprehensive holistic vision for the entire city. Cook is the founder and president of the National Monuments Foundation, an organization that choreographed the design and construction of the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. He is on the boards of directors of the Hearst Foundation/Hearst Castle, California, Fox Theatre Incorporated, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, and is a past president of Animal Health Trust U.S., Newmarket, England. He has lectured at the University of Georgia, University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, Washington and Lee University, The Scott Room at the United States Senate, The Forbes yacht, Highlander, various waters, Hearst Castle, the Kremlin Armory, Tolstoy estate Yasnaya Polyana, Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation, Moscow, the Palm Beach Preservation Society Gruss Master Architect Lecture Series, National Building Museum, Washington DC, and the Russian Embassy, Washington. Mr. Cook's work has been published in Architectural Digest, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times of London, Pravda, Izvestia, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, Forbes and USA Today.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rodney Mims Cook Jr.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?