Arts, Culture, and Humanities

National Archives Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.archivesfoundation.org/

Mission Statement

To strengthen our nation's democracy and inspire a deeper appreciation of our national heritage by supporting and complementing the National Archives in its quest to educate the public and cultivate civic participation through access to its records.

Main Programs

  1. Financial Support of National Archives Programming
  2. Sleepover at the National Archives: History, Heroes & Treasures
  3. docsteach.org
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve a broad cross-section of the general public and people around the world, appealing to everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or any other demographic, interested in history, genealogy, education, politics, and government, reaching over one million people a year through programming at the National Archives.

ruling year

1993

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Mr. Patrick M. Madden

Keywords

Self-reported

American History, Research, Education, Diversity, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Emancipation of Proclamation

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EIN

52-1792608

 Number

4033772845

Physical Address

700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Room G12

Washington, 20408 0001

Also Known As

Foundation for the National Archives

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (A11)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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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Through the programs and exhibitions of the National Archives – a public-private partnership between the National Archives Foundation, an independent non-profit entity, and the National Archives and Records Administration, a federal agency – visitors discover the importance and astonishing breadth and depth of the holdings, which tell us about our past and help to shape our future. National Archives has become a destination for tourists, educators, administrators, researchers and students as well as local audiences. We help individuals of all ages and walks of life sharpen their critical thinking skills and increase their civic engagement. We also illustrate the rich blending of cultures and communities that created our society, offering our visitors direct connections to the people and events of the past that continue to influence our nation today.

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

Financial Support of National Archives Programming

The Foundation supports The National Archives Experience, the continually changing permanent exhibit that engages personal and online visitors in what the three founding documents mean for them personally. It supports exhibits in Washington and that travel to bring the Archives' holdings to citizens in their home communities. The Foundation underwrites receptions and other functions that bring people to the Archives. It underwrites document resource books that enable students to learn for themselves American history using the original documents. The Foundation sponsors receptions and exhibit openings that engage stakeholders with the documents. The Foundation also sponsors the Membership program to solicit annual membership gifts to support Archives' programs. More than one million visitors come to the Archives each year. Its "American Originals" exhibit, new every six months, receives rave reviews; its curator introduces each new group of documents nationally on The Today Show. Its three document resource books that use original documents to teach history are being distributed in high schools throughout the country.

Category

History

Population(s) Served

None

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None

Budget

Program 2

Sleepover at the National Archives: History, Heroes & Treasures

Throughout the night, young explorers (children 8 - 12) investigate - through music, chats with historical figures, games, and more - some of the greatest adventures of all times. Campers discover mysterious shipwrecks, venture into outer space, and explore the wild West.

Category

History

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

Program 3

docsteach.org

When we ask students to work with and learn from primary sources, we transform them into historians. Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians — making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis.

docsteach.org provides innovative online resources for teachers and students using primary historical documents to bring their American histories to life.

Category

Youth Citizenship

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Through a highly effective public and private partnership, the National Archives Foundation and the National Archives will succeed in cultivating a greater understanding of the American journey.

    1) Expand Participation in National Archives Record Administration's activities, programs and events.
    2) Increase awareness of the benefits and treasures of the National Archives.
    3) Broaden the appeal of the membership, exhibitions, events, funding opportunities and other resources.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    > Expand the reach of the National Archives educational resources through commercial, media, and other partnerships

    > Reduce and remove barriers to participation and engagement

    > Expand the geographic footprint and impact of exhibits and programs

    > Optimize online educational delivery methods

    > Improve customer relationship management through stronger technology and ongoing relationship marketing

    > Form and leverage partnership with media, education, government, and commercial entities to build awareness and excitement
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The National Archives Foundation, in partnership with the National Archives, strives to connect people to their American story. Its membership stretches across 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and in seven countries including seven countries.

    > The Foundation's Board of Directors provide strategic guidance and financial support to the organization.

    > A diverse and experienced staff provides innovative programming, engaging membership opportunities, and business acumen.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1) Higher level of public awareness of the importance of the National Archives
    2) Increased use of the National Archives Foundation-produced educational materials
    3) Exhibits and programs that successfully engage the public in the work of the archives
    4) Increased satisfaction and loyalty among members, donors, and sponsors
    5) A more sustainable and predictable funding model
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Each year, the National Archives Foundation supports National Archives' programming, designed to engage all Americans, particularity students. The National Archives reaches more students, families, teachers, and people interested in genealogy and military history than it has done in the past. docsteach.org provides online resources for teachers and students to explore primary sources of American History and provides proven curriculum designed to teach students about their own American history stories. Since its inception, docsteach.org has had over 9 million page views and 131,000 app downloads.

    The National Archives produces programming designed to bring the documents stored within the Archives to life. Past programs include Jazz at the National Archives, the Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program, Women in Congressional Leadership, White House Press Secretaries.

    Membership to the National Archives Foundation continues to rise. Membership rose 25% in 2014 and is poised to continue to increase in 2015.

    The National Archives Foundation continues to seek new partnerships and will continue to build its partnerships with other non-profits, foundation, businesses, and colleges & universities.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve a broad cross-section of the general public and people around the world, appealing to everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or any other demographic, interested in history, genealogy, education, politics, and government, reaching over one million people a year through programming at the National Archives.

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Affiliations + Memberships

National Archives and Records Administration - Affiliate

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES F'OUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Patrick M. Madden

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. A'Lelia Bundles

Author/Former ABC News Executive & Producer

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?