Arts, Culture, and Humanities

AMERICAN FRONTIER CULTURE FOUNDATION INC

  • Staunton, VA
  • www.frontiermuseum.org

Mission Statement

Acting as the philanthropy arm of the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia the Foundation supports current and new permanent and temporary exhibits, the acquisition and reconstruction of historic building, the reproduction of historic buildings and furnishings, and the preservation of historic buildings and artifacts at the Museum.

The Foundation also provides the Museum with resources for illuminating teacher education programs, lectures, workshops, special programs and field trip and outreach grant program.

Main Programs

  1. Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Museum welcomes visitors from around the World ever day.

ruling year

1983

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Justin C Reiter

Keywords

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Museum, Education, History, America, Frontier

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EIN

54-1204572

 Number

6020964387

Physical Address

P.O. Box 629

Staunton, VA 24402

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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The fundraising success of the Foundation is paramount to supporting the Frontier Culture Museum's educational programming. Funding goals set by the Foundation are being met annually and each year the goals increase. An engaged board of directors along with an efficacious and enthusiastic staff are crucial to the Foundation's effectiveness. Unique and entertaining fundraisers, content driven newsletters, valuable Museum programming and professional mail campaigns are all ways the Foundation fulfills its goals in support of the Frontier Culture Museum.

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

Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program

Providing funding to most underserved schools and students to either visit the Museum or have Museum Staff ofter a unique experience in the classroom.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$150,000.00

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of free participants on field trips

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Individual Schools may apply for funding for Transportation, Admission, Lunch and gift bags.

2. Average price of field trip tickets

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Grant applicants are required to tell us how Museum programs will help in their classroom, goals and objectives for a field trip to the Museum and their need for assistance.

3. Total number of fields trips

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Represents 40% of total number of field trips to the Museum.

4. Total number of free admissions

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
2014 - 41% funding of total school admissions. 2015 - 46% funding of total school admissions

5. Number of organizations applying for grants

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Grant applicants are predominately from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. The Foundation encourages any school from any State to apply

6. Number of donations made by board members

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Represents 100% support of Board of Directors

7. Total dollar amount of grants awarded

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Field Trip & Outreach Grant Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Grant program is on track to double in size over a two year period.

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?
    Supporting the Frontier Culture Museum's dynamic educational programs is the sole mission of the American Frontier Culture Foundation. The goal of our organization is to provide funding for Museum's enhanced educational programs that increase student and teacher access to needed resources. To do this the the Foundation supports field trips and outreach programs in addition to Musuem exhibit development and coordinating interpreter programs. Field trips and outreach programs provided by the Museum help teachers reach the State of Virginia's expectations for student learning and achievement. Program objectives include providing a high quality experience, offering these programs at no cost to the student, teacher or school and covering hundreds of Virginia's Standards of Learning with critical teaching tools. Foundation support is absolutely essential to the Museum's ability to reach and even surpass these objectives.

    Teacher and school demand for field trips and outreach program funding often outweighs our ability to fund all of Virginia's schools and classrooms that want to participate. And, while the Foundation has a long history of providing financial support to bring students on a museum field trip and by providing in-school outreach programs, we are aiming to accomplish free access to the Museum for all students across the state of Virginia.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies for raising funds for these programs include a portfolio of fundraising approaches. We hold three fundraisers annually, secure grants from foundations and corporations, conduct an annual fund campaign, send informative and fundraising newsletters and cultivate visitors of the Museum into donors. Additionally, we have a strong board of directors that contribute individually and lead cultivation activities.

    Foundation fundraisers are sold out events and of great fun for attendees and staff alike. The Foundation receives revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships, and an event fundraising instruments like silent and live auctions and raffles.

    We are very fortunate for the high quality of the Museum's programs and their diversity in structure and innovation. This provides for program grant awards from both foundations and corporations.

    The Annual Fund campaign grows by 10% every year as we cultivate new donors and current donors increase their contributions.

    We send informative monthly newsletters to our top level donors to steward their support and we send semi-annual newsletters chocked full of Museum information on programs and exhibit developments as well as fundraising needs.

    The Foundation's Executive Director provides individual Museum exhibit tours to donors and prospective donors alike. Board members often cultivate their friends and colleagues to become strong supporters of the Museum.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation staff consists of three employees: a fulltime Executive Director, a part-time Development Officer and a part-time Donor Relations Manager. Each staff member has been committed to the Foundation for 3 to 7 years. It is a lean operation with strong project management and nonprofit development experience. In addition to a well-trained professional Foundation staff, the Museum staff is also very strong and has an excellent retention record. There are 52 total staff, with 37 full-time employees and 15 part-time employees. Engaging and knowledgeable costumed interpreters work in the exhibits. The administrative staff has decades of experience; the Executive Director has been in that position for 14 years, the Deputy Director 17 years, and the Education Director has been with the Museum 9 years.

    As important as the staff is the Board of Directors. The Foundation benefits from its own twenty-eight-member board in addition to a twenty-five-member Virginia Governor-appointed Museum Board of Trustees that provides support to the Foundation. Both Boards volunteer their time and talents on numerous committees on behalf of the Museum and the Foundation as well provide financial contributions to the Foundation in support of the Museum's educational programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation tracks progress by setting fundraising goals for each project. Along with meeting our goals for financial contributions, the Foundation tracks Museum program impact and visitorship. Progress is made when Museum visitation numbers increase, student numbers surge in funded field trips and outreach programs, and increased fundraising targets are met.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Foundation has accomplished a lot for Virginia's schools, teachers and students by providing funding annually for field trips and outreach programs to hundreds of classrooms across Virginia. Every year, the Museum adds programs providing more teaching tools for Virginia's Standards of Learning. The Foundation also successfully raises money for capital projects on exhibit sites that are expanding to meet the needs of visitors.

    The Foundation hasn't yet been able to provide free access to the Museum for all of Virginia's students due to funding constraints. While support grows every year, we still have to increase our budget to accommodate the funding needed for any school who wants to come to the Frontier Culture Museum or any classroom that wants to host our outreach program.



Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Museum welcomes visitors from around the World ever day.

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AMERICAN FRONTIER CULTURE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Justin C Reiter

BIO

Prior to joining the American Frontier Culture Foundation Justin served as President and CEO of Heifetz International Music Institute.

He served as Production Manager for one of the largest theatrical touring companies. He toured the world with productions of Hairspray, Cabaret, Rent, Lincoln Centers South Pacific, Tap Dogs, Jekyll and Hyde and Cirque to name a few of the over 30 productions he has worked on.

Justin has worked on segments for Regis and Kathie Lee, Late Night with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Quincy Jones - The first 50 years. He also served as Production Manager and Floor Director for the PBS award winning television series the Lonesome Pine Special for eight years.

He served as Technical Director for the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Actors Studio and Waldorf Astoria Ballroom as well as General Manager for the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. R. Ned Ruby

American Frontier Culture Foundation Board of Directors

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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