Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Gettysburg Foundation

  • Gettysburg, PA
  • www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Gettysburg Foundation(http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/about.htm) is the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service at Gettysburg (http://www.nps.gov/gett) , working with the Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation works with the National Park Service to preserve land(http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/preservation-land.htm) , monuments (http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/monuments.htm) and artifacts(http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/preservation-artifact.htm) and to rehabilitate the land(http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/preservation-battlefield.htm) , returning the ground as closely as possible to its 1863 appearance.

Main Programs

  1. National Park Service Museum

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

The Museum and Visitor Center that the Gettysburg Foundation operates for the National Park Service is located in Gettysburg, PA 17325.

The Gettysburg Foundation is also involved in restoring the Gettysburg Battlefield and other projects in the area as well as educating the general public about many factors leading up to the American Civil War and the impact on society including the civil rights movement.

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ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

Ms. Joanne M. Hanley

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Keywords

Gettysburg; Civil War Museum; Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address;

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EIN

23-2969074

 Number

1289150443

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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?

Impact statement

THE CYCLORAMA
What in the world is a Cyclorama? This massive, 360-degree “Battle of Gettysburg" painting-in-the-round was first exhibited in 1884. Today, this colossal experience is exhibited the way the artist originally intended—with the painting (measuring 377 feet around and 42 feet high!), a canopy that removes the building's architectural features from your sight, and a three-dimensional diorama, which carries the painted scene into the foreground. All of these elements combine for an illusion of immersion - you feel as though you're surrounded by the fury of Pickett's Charge on the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Cyclorama recently reopened after undergoing a five-year conservation effort-the largest conservation effort of its kind ever undertaken on the continent. Go to our Cyclorama section for more about the fascinating conservation effort.

THE FILM
Freedom-one small word that changed the course of human history. In the Gettysburg Address, given just a few short months after the epic battle, President Abraham Lincoln called for “a new birth of freedom," and consequently redefined the United States. It is here, at Gettysburg, that we are reminded that freedom, like power, will always be contested. And it is here that we, ourselves, are called to "a new birth of freedom," inspired to protect and defend all that we hold dear. This film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, will introduce you to the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg-placing those monumental events into the larger context of American history and helping you understand that what happened in the past is very relevant in the present day.

THE MUSEUM
The Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War features 12 exhibit galleries featuring artifacts, interactive exhibits and hands-on displays that will engage visitors of all ages with content that places the Battle of Gettysburg into the larger context of American history, helping visitors understand its magnitude and relevance. Multiple film experiences throughout the museum tell the story of the causes of the Civil War.

Programs

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

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Program 1

National Park Service Museum

The Gettysburg Foundation completed a new Museum and Visitor Center for the National Park Service which opened in April 2008.  The Cyclorama painting was added in September 2009.  For questions call 717-338-1243

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Budget

$10,983,686.00

Population Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Charting Impact

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

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Gettysburg Foundation's mission, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks. The Foundation focuses its work primarily on the battle of Gettysburg and its context in the American Civil War, as well as President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Assistance is also given to occasionally support the Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's residence in the Gettysburg community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

    The Gettysburg Foundation has embarked on a five-year effort to build support in three critical areas that will sustain not only the battlefield, but also the message of sacrifice, ideals and reconciliation that can be found on the fields of Gettysburg.

    Preservation
    Priceless artifacts, land, and buildings must be cared for and restored by expert hands. Without preservation, the story will be lost and the lessons soon forgotten.

    Acquisition
    Vital land parcels, buildings, and artifacts must be acquired. These acquisitions will protect view sheds and landscapes, eliminate destruction of one-of-a-kind artifacts, and will allow the National Park Service to properly restore and interpret this historic place.

    Education & Leadership
    Education is a key element in the Foundation's mission. Through its education and leadership programs, the Foundation preserves the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the timeless meaning of individual sacrifice and teamwork first taught here in 1863. In addition, the Foundation's leadership programs bring the battlefield to life for colleges, corporations, and businesses through experiential learning.




  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

The Museum and Visitor Center that the Gettysburg Foundation operates for the National Park Service is located in Gettysburg, PA 17325.

The Gettysburg Foundation is also involved in restoring the Gettysburg Battlefield and other projects in the area as well as educating the general public about many factors leading up to the American Civil War and the impact on society including the civil rights movement.

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Funding Needs

The Gettysburg Foundation(http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/about.htm) is the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service at Gettysburg(http://www.nps.gov/gett) , working with the Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

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GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Gettysburg Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Joanne M. Hanley

BIO

Ms. Hanley previously served as general superintendent, National Parks of Western Pennsylvania—including Flight 93 National Memorial and Fort Necessity National Battlefield.  Hanley holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Long Island University, Southampton, N.Y. and a master’s degree in environmental science from Washington State University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Robert A. Kinsley

No Affiliation

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?