Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Maymont Foundation

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.maymont.org

Mission Statement

Maymont Foundation will preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.

Main Programs

  1. Grounds and Gardens
  2. Maymont Mansion
  3. Nature & Visitor Center and Outdoor Wildlife Habitats
  4. Children’s Farm
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Metro Richmond

ruling year

1959

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mrs. Parke Richeson

Keywords

Self-reported

historic mansion, Dooley mansion, Virginia wildlife, Italian Garden, Japanese Garden, Children's Farm, Nature Center, arboretum

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EIN

54-6039788

 Number

4625661861

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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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Recent Accomplishments: Maymont had 506,761 guests visit the estate in FY15 and is the most visited single attraction in Richmond, Virginia. During FY15 approximately 1,700 volunteers of all ages dedicated 20,305 hours of their time and talent to support the Maymont Foundation. This volunteer time is valued at $468,436. Maymont is on track to complete the match required as part of its challenge grant award by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will result in a $1.7 million endowment for the Maymont Mansion. Maymont provided over 35,000 individuals with educational content in FY15.Maymont was recognized as a Center for Environmental Education Excellence by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Environmental Education. Goals:Continued sustainability for the organization's mission through effective fundraising and sound management of donors' funds and earned income. Provide educational resources to families and students through self-guided tours, educational programs, and outreach initiatives. Complete the Children's Farm renovation project. To enhance the guest experience at the Children's Farm, Maymont will complete extensive renovations and expansion at the site. These plans include a new Barn for enhanced learning experiences and connections with animals, reconfigured pasture areas, and increased accessibility and parking at the Children's Farm.

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

Grounds and Gardens

Maymont is a historical estate that features habitats for both plant and animal species. The intact Gilded Age estate includes the 1893 Maymont Mansion, period outbuildings, a carriage collection, outdoor sculptures, landscape features and pathways, original Italian and Japanese Gardens and Arboretum. Maymont also features newer gardens and a wetlands area used for educational programs. Maymont Mansion, estate buildings, gardens and arboretum are accessed through original entry gates that now serve as one of three public entry points for the site. Over 141,000 guests use this entrance annually. The Horticulture and Grounds departments are responsible for the upkeep of the 100-acre grounds and maintenance and improvements to the historic gardens, arboretum, landscape features and buildings. Horticulture is responsible for numerous public programs, classes and garden walks, as well as, a large portion of the volunteerism and training in this program service area.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Maymont Mansion

The former home of a wealthy Richmond couple, James and Sallie May Dooley, is a restored 33-room Victorian Mansion boasting over 1,000 original Dooley furnishings, decorative arts and other priceless objects. Public tours and programs are offered year-round depicting the luxurious Dooley lifestyle while featuring the stories of their predominately African-American domestic workers through a nationally-acclaimed permanent exhibition on domestic service and life in America. Maymont Mansion and Museum served over 39,000 guests in FY15 through general and group tours, schools and scout programs, special events and lectures, and educational outreach to children and adult facilities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Nature & Visitor Center and Outdoor Wildlife Habitats

The Robins Nature & Visitor Center is a 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility depicting the natural environment of the James River with 13 giant aquariums holding fish, turtles and river otters. Other animal displays include reptiles, owls, small mammals and insects of the region. Interactive exhibition galleries and discovery room allow children to have hands-on fun while learning about the natural environment. The zoological staff is responsible for over 400 animals, fish and reptilians in the nature center, children's farm and outdoor wildlife habitats which house black bears, bison, bobcat, deer, foxes, and raptors including American Bald Eagles.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 4

Children’s Farm

This farm site including a barn, display stalls, interpretive signage, pastures, a family vegetable garden, a butterfly garden and an educational classroom is home to domestic farm animals and rare breeds. Children are allowed to feed animals, and the site hosts several family events throughout the year including a Family Easter, birthday parties and group rental activities. Near the Children's Farm is a large whimsical sculpture depicting children and a dog playing on a log as well as a grassy, well-shaded area known as Picnic Hill where families picnic on fair weather days. Open year-round to an estimated 235,000 guests who use this primary park entry point.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Metro Richmond

Funding Needs

Money Maymont's greatest need is to sustain general operating funds, in order to provide guests meaningful connections with nature, history and animals free for everyone 365 days a year. Did you know? It costs an estimated $13,000 every day to operate Maymont, the majority of which comes from contributed revenue. Maymont provides environmental and historical education for more than 10,000 Virginia school children every year. The care and feed for Maymont's animals costs about $50,000 a year. People Taking care of Maymont's 100 acre estate is a big job, and we are always happy to have extra help from volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers help create the Maymont experience 365 days year. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: Animal Care - Help keep Maymont's amazing array of animals healthy and happy. Assist the animal staff with daily tasks and projects. Carriage Collection -Love Horses? Meet our carriage team. Work includes grooming, feeding, harnessing and assisting with carriage rides. Horticulture - Like playing in the dirt? Pick up some gardening tips as you work alongside our professional horticulturists in some of Richmond's most exquisite gardens. Mansion - Do you love history and engaging our visitors? Find out more about the Dooleys, their lifestyle, Victorian fashions and manners of the day and become an 1890s costumed interpreter for Maymont Mansion's special programs throughout the year. Visitor Services - Love to talk to people? Staffing the Nature Center Front Desk is a great option for you. Here you will welcome visitors to Maymont, provide them with directions, program information, answer questions, and collect visitor data. In Kind Maymont is happy to accept plants and gently used garden items for its "From One Garden to Another" sale at the annual Herbs Galore & More event each spring. Call 804-358-7166, ext. 301.

Affiliations + Memberships

CultureWorks

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Museums on the Boulevard

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MAYMONT FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Principal Officer

Mrs. Parke Richeson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Clint Bowes

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Term: July 2016 - June 2018

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