Arts, Culture, and Humanities

THOMAS EDISON AND HENRY FORD WINTER ESTATES INC

  • Fort Myers, FL
  • www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

Mission Statement

THE MISSION IS TO PROVIDE UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES BASED ON THE HISTORIC WINTER HOMES, LABORATORY, GARDENS, ARTIFACTS, LEGACY AND LIVES OF THOMAS EDISON AND HENRY FORD

Main Programs

  1. Edison & Ford Winter Estates Experience
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Southwest Florida

ruling year

2005

President & CEO

Self-reported

Chris Tenne Pendleton

Notes from the Nonprofit

The American Chemical Society (ACS) recognized the Edison Botanical Research Laboratory at the Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates as a National Historic Chemical Landmark on May 25, 2014.

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Also Known As

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

EIN

20-0243438

 Number

0754973354

Physical Address

2350 McGregor Blvd. P.O. Box 2368

Fort Myers, 33901

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Experience

To provide unique educational experiences based on the artifacts, legacy and lives of Thomas Edison & Henry Ford with emphasis on their Florida history. The purpose is to inspire the public to learn from these experiences.  As such, the mission includes the preservation and interpretation of their homes, gardens, laboratory and related objects and artifacts.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Southwest Florida

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THOMAS EDISON & HENRY FORD WINTER ESTATES INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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THOMAS EDISON AND HENRY FORD WINTER ESTATES INC

Leadership

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President & CEO

Chris Tenne Pendleton

BIO

Pendleton has been directing museums and historic sites in Florida, Virginia, North and South Carolina since 1983.

• Museum of York County and Brattonsville Plantation, Rock Hill, South Carolina
• Coastal Discovery Museum and Honey Horn Estate, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
• SciWorks and Environmental Park, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
• Science Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia
• Imaginarium Hands-on Museum, Fort Myers, Florida
• Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida since 2001

Pendleton has been active in the museum profession for over 30 years, including various accrediting and assessment teams for the American Association of Museums; grant review panels for the State of Florida and national agencies, and various statewide museum boards and organizations such as the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and VISIT Florida. Professional expertise has been institutional planning, construction, restoration and business expansion.

Pendleton's foremost concentration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has establishing a new non-profit corporation and completing almost $14 million in improvements and major restoration of the historic buildings as well as transition from a publicly managed city attraction to a private non-for-profit corporation. This focus has included professional standards, diversification of community and public programs, business analysis, grant and funding growth, restoration and master planning for site and operational expansion.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steve NIehaus

General Electric - Retired

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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