Arts, Culture, and Humanities

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.

  • Holmdel, NJ
  • http://www.njvvmf.org

Mission Statement

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.

The NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation, founded in 1987, built and operates the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in Holmdel, NJ. The NJ Memorial pays tribute to the 1562 men and 1 woman from NJ who lost their lives in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

The Museum & Educational Center, the only of its kind in the country, offers visitors an insightful and engaging experience of the Vietnam Era through a collection of photographs, historic timelines, films, interactive displays and personal letters and photographs. Exhibits in the Center reflect the political, military, social and cultural perspectives of the Era.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Tours
  2. Lecture Series
  3. Veterans Benefits Seminar
  4. Ceremonies at the Memorial
Service Areas

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New Jersey

The NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center are located in Holmdel, NJ, Monmouth County off exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway.

ruling year

1989

Executive Director since 2009

Self-reported

Mr. Bill Linderman

Keywords

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Vietnam ,War, library, US history, museum, memorial, veterans, New Jersey

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EIN

22-2918698

Physical Address

1 Memorial Ln PO Box 648

Holmdel, 07733

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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?

Overview

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We are committed to offering innovative and relevant programs and services, based in sound scholarship and relevant community needs. The collections, resources, programs and services offered provide important and unduplicated historical resources. Dedicated to encouraging an understanding of the Vietnam Era and its lasting impact on American culture at the local level, our programs and services include guided tours, lectures and public programs, ceremonies, educational programs and unique historical collections. Almost all of our programs and services involve collaborations with local individuals and organizations.

Educational programs remain central to our work. Since 1998, we have hosted over 107,000 students and educators, representing the region’s diverse school districts. Many have participated in our educational programs for over a decade. These programs include on-site field trips as well as in-school programs like our traveling trunk. They supplement and enhance classroom instruction through the integration of NJ State Department of Education Core Curriculum Content Standards and cross-disciplinary learning.

Programs

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

Program 1

Educational Tours

Guided tours, led by Vietnam Veterans, provide school students with an interactive learning experience about what it was like to go to war.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

Budget

Program 2

Lecture Series

A monthly series of talks and discussions by authors and other experts on topics relating to the Vietnam Era.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Budget

Program 3

Veterans Benefits Seminar

Not available

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

None

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Budget

Program 4

Ceremonies at the Memorial

Not available

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

None

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Since 2007, strategic planning for our long-term success has been a priority. In 2007, the Board worked with consultants to develop a five year tactical plan which was approved in 2010. This plan included visions to help the NJVVMF become self-sustaining. In 2010, after unexpected reductions in state funding, the Board recognized the need to expand the tactical plan into a formal strategic plan. In 2011, supported by the New Jersey Cultural Trust, we began working with consultants who conducted surveys and led a planning retreat. The resulting strategic plan, which represents the work of Trustees, staff, volunteers and community members, was adopted in September 2011. During the process, the Board acknowledged that many of the goals set by the tactical plan, including increased outreach activities, an expanded exhibition program and more effective marketing had begun to be addressed. The strategic plan has some important distinctions including detailed goals, action steps and evaluation measures. It also created a unified mission for the NJVVMF, combining the goals of the Memorial and VEMEC.

    During the planning process, we made a commitment to four goals. Steps are currently being taken towards their achievement. (1) Create sustainable sources of income. In 2012, new earned revenue opportunities were developed and successfully implemented, including a Car & Motorcycle Show. (2) Provide a more vibrant and dynamic array of programs and services. Our 2013 programs appeal to a variety of interests through musical, lecture and visual presentations. (3) Increase awareness of our services and resources by working with a professional marketing firm. In 2011, we launched an enhanced website and social media campaign. Through these digital mediums, we are cultivating deeper connections with our community while creating relationships with younger generations to ensure our continued relevancy. In 2012, a new membership program was launched with enhanced benefits. We are also collaborating with the NJ Department of Travel and Tourism, placing paid advertisements and increasing our outreach presentations to charity organizations, businesses and community television programs. (4) Connect with future generations to remain culturally and financially viable. We understand that engaged and passionate Trustees, strong connections to regional schools and fiscal responsibility are essential to our continued success. A Board resolution passed in January 2013, started discussions and research about an enhanced mission that could include all NJ veterans since the Vietnam War. While working out what this could mean for our future, Trustees unanimously recognize the importance of this discussion.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    During the planning process, we made a commitment to four goals. Steps are currently being taken towards their achievement. (1) Create sustainable sources of income. In 2012, new earned revenue opportunities were developed and successfully implemented, including a Car & Motorcycle Show. (2) Provide a more vibrant and dynamic array of programs and services. Our 2013 programs appeal to a variety of interests through musical, lecture and visual presentations. (3) Increase awareness of our services and resources by working with a professional marketing firm. In 2011, we launched an enhanced website and social media campaign. Through these digital mediums, we are cultivating deeper connections with our community while creating relationships with younger generations to ensure our continued relevancy. In 2012, a new membership program was launched with enhanced benefits. We are also collaborating with the NJ Department of Travel and Tourism, placing paid advertisements and increasing our outreach presentations to charity organizations, businesses and community television programs. (4) Connect with future generations to remain culturally and financially viable. We understand that engaged and passionate Trustees, strong connections to regional schools and fiscal responsibility are essential to our continued success. A Board resolution passed in January 2013, started discussions and research about an enhanced mission that could include all NJ veterans since the Vietnam War. While working out what this could mean for our future, Trustees unanimously recognize the importance of this discussion.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    During the planning process, we made a commitment to four goals. Steps are currently being taken towards their achievement. (1) Create sustainable sources of income. In 2012, new earned revenue opportunities were developed and successfully implemented, including a Car & Motorcycle Show. (2) Provide a more vibrant and dynamic array of programs and services. Our 2013 programs appeal to a variety of interests through musical, lecture and visual presentations. (3) Increase awareness of our services and resources by working with a professional marketing firm. In 2011, we launched an enhanced website and social media campaign. Through these digital mediums, we are cultivating deeper connections with our community while creating relationships with younger generations to ensure our continued relevancy. In 2012, a new membership program was launched with enhanced benefits. We are also collaborating with the NJ Department of Travel and Tourism, placing paid advertisements and increasing our outreach presentations to charity organizations, businesses and community television programs. (4) Connect with future generations to remain culturally and financially viable. We understand that engaged and passionate Trustees, strong connections to regional schools and fiscal responsibility are essential to our continued success. A Board resolution passed in January 2013, started discussions and research about an enhanced mission that could include all NJ veterans since the Vietnam War. While working out what this could mean for our future, Trustees unanimously recognize the importance of this discussion.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    During the planning process, we made a commitment to four goals. Steps are currently being taken towards their achievement. (1) Create sustainable sources of income. In 2012, new earned revenue opportunities were developed and successfully implemented, including a Car & Motorcycle Show. (2) Provide a more vibrant and dynamic array of programs and services. Our 2013 programs appeal to a variety of interests through musical, lecture and visual presentations. (3) Increase awareness of our services and resources by working with a professional marketing firm. In 2011, we launched an enhanced website and social media campaign. Through these digital mediums, we are cultivating deeper connections with our community while creating relationships with younger generations to ensure our continued relevancy. In 2012, a new membership program was launched with enhanced benefits. We are also collaborating with the NJ Department of Travel and Tourism, placing paid advertisements and increasing our outreach presentations to charity organizations, businesses and community television programs. (4) Connect with future generations to remain culturally and financially viable. We understand that engaged and passionate Trustees, strong connections to regional schools and fiscal responsibility are essential to our continued success. A Board resolution passed in January 2013, started discussions and research about an enhanced mission that could include all NJ veterans since the Vietnam War. While working out what this could mean for our future, Trustees unanimously recognize the importance of this discussion.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Unique collections, resources, programs and services offered by the NJVVMF provide important and unduplicated historical resources. They place the experiences of New Jerseyans at the center of larger global events of the Era, encouraging new perspectives. Our Board and staff are committed advocates for the support and preservation of historical resources, especially those related to NJ. Our team has diverse talents and connections that support advocacy and awareness goals defined in our strategic plan. Trustee relationships with business professionals, legislature and government representatives have greatly expanded our resources and outreach abilities. We also work with tourism organizations, including Chambers of Commerce and the NJ Department of Travel and Tourism. Our recent work with the NJ Highway Authority enhanced existing road signs for the Memorial by adding “Museum.” We recognize that virtual presence is an essential part of our success and have launched a new website, expanded social and increased email and press release efforts.

    The NJVVMF has strong connections to local and national veterans’ communities. Through public ceremonies, events, outreach programs and providing meeting space, we have deep ties to the men and women who regularly support our work. We have made a commitment to forge stronger relationships with other veteran communities. Working with the LT Dennis Zilinski Memorial Fund and Wreaths Across America has allowed us to cultivate and strengthen these connections. We also have a long history of working with regional educators and students and believe that demonstrating the importance of history education through professional workshops, field trips, tours and other programs help cultivate the next generation of advocates dedicated to preserving New Jersey’s historical resources.
    We also participate in regional historical events including Monmouth County Archive Day and the Battleship New Jersey’s Vietnam War Living History Day. Programming diversity is an important priority as a means to expand our audience, diversify demographics and increase earned revenue. Our most recent exhibition, Unsung Heroes, allowed us to form partnerships with organizations outside of the traditional historical community including Home Box Office Productions and the National Veterans Art Museum. Through our work, we successfully demonstrate the importance of NJ’s historical resources. Our latest strategic plan reinforces the importance of advocacy and relevancy. This planning process has reinvigorated our commitment, ensuring that these goals remain central to daily work.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

The NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center are located in Holmdel, NJ, Monmouth County off exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway.

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NJ VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Mr. Bill Linderman

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Clark Martin

MBI GluckShaw

Term: Jan 2011 -

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