Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Mission San Juan Capistrano Foundation

  • San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • www.missionsjc.com

Mission Statement

As Orange County's most historic site, Mission San Juan Capistrano strives to:Serve as a resource to the community by providing a living and learning environment that promotes and nurtures an appreciation for early California history while providing a place of respite, renewal, and celebration resulting in lifelong memories for its visitors.

Main Programs

  1. Adopt-A-Class Scholarship Program
  2. Sala Preservation Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

More than 74,000 students and chaperones came from 967 schools in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties of which 10,000 attend Title I low income schools. In addition, and average of 330,000 local, regional, state, national and international guests experience a visit to the Mission each year.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Ms. Mechelle Lawrence Adams

Keywords

Self-reported

Birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark #200, Swallows, St. Joseph Day, The Mission

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EIN

33-0833283

 Number

2614484609

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Art Museums (A51)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Among the Mission's Milestones met this Past Year: Station 12 Discovery and Renewal: Carrying out the Preservation and installation of a 200 year old Station of the Cross 12 found hidden behind a 1970's replica painting. Installing a New Organ in the Serra Chapel: To celebrate the 300th birthday of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Mission installed a new organ in the historic Serra Chapel in January, 2014. The project also included carrying out lighting improvements, seismic retrofitting of the choir loft, flooring and more. Startup of the Sala Preservation Project: In 2014 the Foundation began the Sala Preservation project, a three phased effort to conserve and restore the original 18th century building and adjoining spaces such as the Sacred Garden and bell wall. The entire project is about $750,000. Responding to and Managing Impacts to the Mission from the I-5 Construction Project: The on and off ramp system at Ortega Highway and the Interstate 5 posed significant financial impacts on the Mission's attendance. The Mission team adopted a new greatly revised and reduced operations budget to ensure sustainability and access despite attendance impacts through the calendar year end. Providing Robust Education Programming: Served over 68,000 fourth graders, teachers and chaperones studying Early California history with Mission programming, tours, and education partners.

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

Adopt-A-Class Scholarship Program

Established in 2005, the Adopt-A-Class scholarship program funds low-income students' hands-on learning at the Mission. Scholarships from the program fund student field trips and special programs, giving students the opportunity to enjoy the award winning audio tour; a docent led, interpretive, or self-guided and tour; Curiosity Carts, perfect for kinesthetic learners; and visit with and observe Native American basket weavers at work. Each student receives a Passport Explorer that features a walking map, historical facts and interactive learning games. Some scholarship stipends also provide transportation support. Title I schools automatically qualify for funding.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$105,000.00

Program 2

Sala Preservation Project

The Mission Preservation Foundation's commitment was to relocate the prior privately operated gift shop from the historically significant Sala building to the front street. This was completed July 2013. After the Sala building was emptied, ARG Conservation Services was retained by the Mission Preservation Foundation to perform a structural conditions assessment, cost estimate, and scope of work to protect and preserve existing architectural features and May Painting Conservation was retained to investigate the conditions of the interior finishes including cost estimates. Sample elements of the Sala needing immediate critical repairs include, but are not limited to, wall repairs; moisture remediation; door, window, wood element rehabilitation and repair; and interior and exterior finishes conservation and in-painting. The overall project calls for urgently needed seismic retrofit upgrades, and electrical system and roofing upgrades.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$750,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

More than 74,000 students and chaperones came from 967 schools in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties of which 10,000 attend Title I low income schools. In addition, and average of 330,000 local, regional, state, national and international guests experience a visit to the Mission each year.

Funding Needs

Mission San Juan Capistrano receives no support from the city, county, state, or Church. It is instead 100% self-funded and is stewarded by the non-profit Mission Preservation Foundation who recognizes the significance of the Mission in local and California history and the importance of saving the Mission for generations to come.

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MISSION PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Mission San Juan Capistrano Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Mechelle Lawrence Adams

BIO

Mechelle Lawrence-Adams was appointed by the Mission Preservation Foundation as Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano in 2003. As Executive Director for the Mission, she leads over 60 employees along with more than three hundred volunteers, implementing a Strategic Plan to ensure Orange County's only mission, California Landmark #200, is preserved for future generations and is a resource to the community and world at large. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Mechelle worked for such cities as Seal Beach, Laguna Niguel, and San Juan Capistrano. She advanced to the position of Economic Development Manager for the City of San Juan Capistrano working directly for the City Manager and developing such programs as the City's downtown lighting program, historic plaque program, San Juan Summer Nights Concert Series, and Historic Preservation Strategic Plan. Mechelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State/Fullerton and a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It is because of the human spirit and the desire to connect with generations gone by that Mission San Juan Capistrano has endured. Because of the community, visitors, donors, and friends, volunteers and more Mission San Juan Capistrano stands tall as an effective ambassador for the past, and in actuality, the entire chain of the California missions. While it is the town's largest employer, spiritual anchor of a community, a window to the past, it only gets to be that because people come together to ensure it is so. Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in faith but continues today as a testament to the past, a place of learning, inspiration, education, preservation and celebration. Its impact as a cultural, historic, and religious institution is measured in the many ways guests leave feeling empowered, entertained, educated and uplifted. As an outpost of history its preservation and interpretation remain key priorities for the coming year as it welcomes over 300,000 annual visitors and students. Specifically projects that are at the top of the to do list include completing the Sala Project to responding to Pope Francis's gift of the canonization of Blessed Father Junipero Serra (thereby making this significant California founder a saint in the Fall of 2015). Mission San Juan Capistrano must respond to the public's demands to learn, experience, and gain more from this world renown landmark. While technically, there is programming, events, preservation and financial sustainability to be concerned about and direct all staff efforts toward, the higher goals shared across this award winning organization focus on t service, generating a positive impact, and leaving a positive imprint on those that choose to visit. Collectively the team will work to incorporate more information about history in our museum format, making sure that various chapters of California, local and regional, history are told clearly. The team will strive to ensure that the setting continues to be uniquely relevant while also being reverent. These values are among the shared ideals that shape how the priorities will be executed across the organization. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. George O'Connell

O'Connell Family Foundation

Term: Oct 2009 -

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