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International Costumers Guild Inc

  • Lunenburg, MA
  • http://www.costume.org

Mission Statement

Mission: The International Costumers' Guild, Inc., is an affiliation of amateur, hobbyist, and professional costumers dedicated to the promotion and education of costuming as an art form in all its aspects.

About the International Costumers Guild:

The International Costumers Guild (ICG) is dedicated to the promotion and education of costuming as an art form in all its aspects. It also advocates on behalf of its members and the costuming community in matters of public interest related to the art and practice of costuming. The ICG was formed in 1985 to bring hobbyist and professional costumers from around the world together, and to foster local educational and social costume events.

We welcome everyone with an interest in the art of costuming. Our members include historic re-enactors, professional, educational and community theatrical costumers, science fiction fans,renaissance festival participants, and a all those who are interested in the making, wearing and display of costumes.

ICG chapters enable members in a geographic location to meet on a regular basis to trade tips, skills, and ideas. ICG Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable members worldwide with an interest in some aspect or genre of costuming to pursue their interest by sharing information through online forums and social media, and organizing programs at conventions.

The ICG also offers advice and expertise to the costuming community, as well as to print, broadcast, and online media worldwide.

Visit the ICG website (http://www.costume.org.) to locate a chapter near you, or for information about starting a chapter.

Main Programs

  1. The Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Archives
  2. Marty Gear Costuming Arts and Sciences Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The International Costumers' Guild is comprised of its affiliated chapters world-wide. Chapters are local to a geographic region. and meet on a regular basis to trade tips, skills and ideas among members. In addition, the International Costumers Guild provides programs that benefit its affiliated chapters as well as the costuming community world-wide.

ruling year

2010

President since 2015

Self-reported

Philip Gust

Keywords

Self-reported

costuming, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, education, research, preservation

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EIN

52-1656188

 Number

7355616421

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our programs have been effective in fulfilling our goal of being an organization where members of affiliated costuming organizations from many locations and regions can interact, share ideas, and increase their knowledge and skills. Our programs also provide expertise and infrastructure support to chapters and their leaders that enable them to serve and provide expanded services to their members. Finally, our programs serve the greater costuming community by collecting and preserving historically significant artifacts from the history of costuming and making them accessible through educational outreach initiatives.

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

The Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Archives

The Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Archives is the largest existing collection of photographs, video and paper ephemera record of the costuming art in relation to Science Fiction conventions, but it also includes other events where costumes are worn. The mission of the Archive is to collect and preserve the images of the costuming art form.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Marty Gear Costuming Arts and Sciences Fund

he Marty Gear Costuming Arts and Sciences Fund provides grants for innovative projects and activities that promote the art and science of costuming, either in a specific locale or the community as a whole.

The Fund was established in 2014, and is named in honor of Marty Gear, a founder of the ICG and a strong supporter of costumers branching out and trying new things. It is supported by a combination of ICG membership dues, and the generosity of individual and institutional donors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

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?
    Our organization promotes the art and science of costuming by encouraging those with interests in various genres of costuming to create and join local chapters, where members can exchange knowledge and experience. We aim to serve both professional and hobbyist costumers world-wide, and provide a spectrum of educational programs that includes training for professional, semi-professional, hobbyist costumers, and educational outreach to secondary, and post-secondary schools to supplement existing curriculum. We also aim to become a useful resource on costuming related topics to the broader community, as well as to the media and news organizations.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies for making this happen include: 1) focusing on increasing awareness of the International Costumers' Guild and its mission world-wide; 2) providing focused support to costumers in geographic locations world-wide who want to form local or regional chapters; 3) developing new educational material and publications on costuming related topics that focus on costuming research, construction, and exhibition; 4) making it attractive for secondary and post-secondary educational organizations to form chapters supported by faculty and to supplement existing costuming-related curriculum; 5) actively participating in public activities and conferences where costuming plays a significant role, and 6) expanding our outreach world-wide to increase our diversity and encourage regional costumers to participate and to help celebrate and preserve their cultural identities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are a volunteer organization whose members have interests in a wide range of types and genres of costuming. This diversity of interests puts us in a good position to attract and serve new and existing costuming groups regardless of their focus. Our members are extremely visible and active in many costuming related events, and we have begun a campaign to increase awareness of our organization at these events. We have made progress in providing focused support for costumers who want to form new local or regional chapters, and for existing costuming groups who would like to affiliate with us. We are also adding benefits for both chapters and their members as an incentive to affiliate with the International Costumers' Guild. We plan to add others benefits as funds from memberships and other sources increase.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators that will show us that we are making progress include: 1) developing a pipeline of new chapters from both new and existing costuming groups -- there is a large available pool of costumers and existing costuming groups who are not members; 2) establishment of new chapters in the first dozen secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, and the development of a "kit" that can be used to replicate that to others; 3) increasing the name recognition of the International Costumers' Guild and its programs, as measured by surveys at conventions where costuming plays a significant role; 5) establishment of three to five new international chapters, and the development of a "kit" that can be used to replicate that to others.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    While we have made some progress in establishing a pipeline of new chapters (4 have joined in the last 12 months), the pipeline requires significant followup by volunteer members, and we still developing methods to persuade existing costuming groups to affiliate as chapters. We are just starting planning for a program to develop chapters at secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, and this is likely to take a year since it is being done by volunteers. We are in the early stages of a campaign to gain more name recognition, first at major international and regional conventions. Our PR budget is limited for expenses like printed collateral and program book ads, but we are planning to recruit member volunteers who attend conventions as ambassadors, and providing them with new collateral material we have developed. We have yet to begin a focused initiative to develop more international chapters, although PR efforts at international conventions are a first step.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The International Costumers' Guild is comprised of its affiliated chapters world-wide. Chapters are local to a geographic region. and meet on a regular basis to trade tips, skills and ideas among members. In addition, the International Costumers Guild provides programs that benefit its affiliated chapters as well as the costuming community world-wide.

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International Costumers Guild Inc

Leadership

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President

Philip Gust

BIO

Philip Gust has been the President of the International Costumers' Guild since 2012. Before that, he served two years as its Vice President. He is also the Editor of the "Virtual Costumer" quarterly online costuming magazine. He enjoys science fiction and fantasy costuming, and has particular interests in props, special effects, and prosthetic makeup. He also costumes in historical periods, including Regency, Victorian, and early 20th C. He is an award-winning costumer who competes in the masters division at the international level, and has also judged and run costume competitions. Mr. Gust has previously served on several non-profit and corporate boards.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"The International Costumers Guild (ICG) is dedicated to the promotion and education of costuming as an art form in all its aspects. It also advocates on behalf of its members and the costuming community in matters of public interest related to the art and practice of costuming. The ICG was formed in 1985 to bring hobbyist and professional costumers from around the world together, and to foster local educational and social costume events.

We welcome everyone with an interest in the art of costuming. Our members include historic reenactors, professional, educational and community theatrical costumers, science fiction fans,renaissance festival participants, and a all those who are interested in the making, wearing and display of costumes.

For more information about the International Costumers' Guild and its programs, and to find a chapter near you, please visit our website: http://www.costume.org."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Philip Gust

International Costumers Guild

Term: May 2015 - May 2016

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We have adopted a non-discrimination policy for ICG board and volunteers, and actively encourage chapters to adopt such policies.