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Historic Savannah Foundation Incorporated

  • Savannah, GA
  • www.myhsf.org

Mission Statement

To preserve and protect Savannah's heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement.

Main Programs

  1. Revolving Fund
  2. Easements
  3. Preservation Lecture Series
  4. Hands on History Program
  5. Preservation Festival
  6. Volunteer Program
  7. Preservation Awards
Service Areas

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Georgia

Savannah and Chatham County, Georgia, USA

ruling year

1958

President & CEO

Self-reported

Mr. Daniel Carey

Keywords

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Savannah Georgia Historic Preservation Advocacy

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EIN

58-0838253

 Number

2574449516

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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 more things change, the more they remain the same. Borne out of crisis in 1955, Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) intervened to save one endangered historic building. Today it has saved more than 360! HSF raises private dollars for its Revolving Fund to acquire endangered historic buildings in blighted neighborhoods and then uses those successes as the backbone of our advocacy and educational outreach programs. HSF works in all 15 of the community’s diverse historic districts—not only the renowned National Historic Landmark District. We are making the case for the economic benefits of preservation through a recent county-wide impact study; we are working with the City of Savannah to stem the tide of blight in two of the city’s toughest neighborhoods (Cuyler-Brownville and Thomas Square); and we are adding participants and improved content to our Hands On History Program that reaches middle and high school students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School system. We’re touching more people through our special events, social media postings and publications. In the fall of 2014, HSF hosted the 4-day National Preservation Conference—the largest and most important gathering of preservationists from around the country. More than 1800 people attended sessions, programs and field events that HSF helped sponsor and organize.

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

Revolving Fund

The Revolving Fund acquires properties through donation, options or
outright purchase of historic properties. A property qualifies for the
Revolving Fund if it is endangered, has historical significance
(National Register listed or eligible) and marketable for sale. The fund
then markets the house locally and nationally to find a buyer who
agrees to preserve and maintain the integrity of the structure.

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Easements

Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) is a Qualified Organization under the Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program and has managed its easement program for several decades.  For property owners seeking an additional layer of protection above and beyond that which is prescribed by Savannah’s Historic District Board of Reveiw (HDBR), easements are instruments worth exploring.  HSF holds, monitors and enforces easements and, as a private non-profit organization.  Historic properties throughout Savannah and Chatham County are eligible; this program is not limited to properties within the National Historic Landmark District.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

Preservation Lecture Series

HSF’s Preservation Lecture Series helps fulfill HSF’s mission to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. The purpose of the series is to educate the public about the value and benefits of preservation as good public policy as well as about the story of preservation in Savannah, making Savannahians more aware of their built environment.  The series was revived in 2010 to many accolades and reached over 250 people last year. Every year a range of topics and venues are selected to highlight the varying aspects of preservation and showcase the different types of architecture that Savannah has to offer.

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Program 4

Hands on History Program

We face a challenge in preparing Savannah’s young people to more fully appreciate this unique community.  If we can instill a deeper understanding of Savannah’s heritage, we will also deepen their appreciation for history, architecture, and the trades that are associated with the preservation industry.  By teaching and demonstrating the benefits of preservation education to our youth, will pass the torch of leadership as we steward our community through the 21st century.  Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) accepts its share of responsibility for this undertaking, and we have developed a program to address those needs.  HSF’s Hands on History program—designed in partnership with Savannah-Chatham Public Schools (SCCPSS) —offers middle and high school students the opportunity to experience, first hand, the positive impacts of preservation on Savannah and its economy.
 
The Hands on History Program goes beyond a mere isolated project or study unit; it is a more comprehensive program that touches students throughout the entire school year.   Working with the faculty of the Early College Program for SCCPSS, HSF is focusing on three primary categories which are outlined below:
 
Visiting Preservation ProfessionalsIn partnership with Mr. Brent Armstrong, SCCPSS Program Director, along with HSF selects and coordinates with professionals in the industries of metal work, plaster, brick and mortar work, reclaimed wood and stained glass.  Along with HSF’s Preservation & Education Coordinator, these professionals visit the school in a series of hands-on lectures and how-to demonstrations, giving students the opportunity to learn about preservation techniques as well as industry related careers. The lectures take place three times during the school year, generally in November, February and March. This also provides an opportunity for multiple organizations to work together and gives students the opportunity to establish contacts in the preservation field.
 
Box City

Box City is a starting place for learning about one’s community—how it looks and how it grows.  HSF helps students from Savannah-Chatham County Public School System learn about architecture, planning and community development through a nationally recognized program called Box City (created by the Center for Understanding the Built Environment).  In partnership with the Early College Program at SCCPSS, HSF helps guide 9th graders interested in Historic Preservation as a career.  We work with the students to ignite their interest, build their skills and convert a budding enthusiasm into an avocation and vocation to serve Savannah. Over the course of seven days (twice a year), HSF staff walk Early College students through the process of building a city using boxes they design to reflect uses and styles they learn about in their curriculum.  They learn about zoning, scale, design guidelines, the planning process, deadlines and group decision-making all the while expressing their newfound knowledge in architecture.  In the end, students gain a three-dimensional knowledge about executing a two-dimensional plan.  Box City is a total learning activity and HSF is pleased to be able to touch dozens of students each year using this innovative teaching tool as a way to shape the future of our cities.
 
Summer Camp
Hands-On-History Summer Camp is an interactive camp hosted by HSF which is geared towards giving students an overview of the field of historic preservation and rehabilitation through lectures and tours while providing hands-on experience through various practical workshops. This program provides a look at the world of history, preservation and site interpretation at several historic sites in Savannah.  The program is implemented in a day-camp style for five weekdays. The camp workshops, tours and demonstrations are held at various historic sites throughout downtown Savannah and surrounding locations. Students are equipped with detailed profiles of each site and interact with the professional staff at each destination.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 5

Preservation Festival

Every May since 1971, preservationists around the country have joined together to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods and communities – the places that really matter to us. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and towns, and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement. Preservation Month helps bring historic preservation to the forefront of Americans’ daily lives by emphasizing the vital importance of protecting our nation’s history. And what city in America has more history to celebrate than Savannah? Preservation is not just about saving individual landmark buildings, but about improving our quality of life through neighborhood revitalization and protection of our irreplaceable resources such as our world-famous historic squares, canopy trees, and coastal landscape.
 
We launch Preservation Month with a Preservation Festival showcasing a series of events which includes a Poster Contest for elementary - high school students, a Preservation Awards ceremony to recognize the best preservation work over the previous year, and other educational events and activities.

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Program 6

Volunteer Program

Founded by a group of tenacious volunteers in 1955, Historic Savannah Foundation has been making a difference for 60 years. 1955-2015–the mission continues: To preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. Without volunteers HSF would simply not exist. Opportunities to get involved include program support, community clean up, office assistance, working with students in our Hands on History Camp, or supporting one of our well-loved special events.

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Organizational Development & Training

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None

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Program 7

Preservation Awards

Each year, Historic Savannah Foundation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in historic preservation. The award winners are announced at HSF’s Preservation Awards Luncheon in May during Preservation Festival.
HSF Preservation Awards recognize projects or individual achievements falling within the areas of restoration, rehabilitation, new construction, stewardship, craftsmanship and archaeology, and they are judged for the success they have achieved in the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of architectural and cultural heritage. The general evaluation criteria include: quality and degree of difficulty; degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering; and the ultimate positive impact the project or effort has on the community.

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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?
    HSF’s Board of Trustees and staff developed a four-year strategic plan in 2014 with the following long-range goals:
    1. HSF will identify and procure more/additional RESOURCES to fulfill its mission
    2. HSF will broaden and DIVERSIFY the base of support for the organization
    3. HSF will increase positive AWARENESS and relevance of the organization within local communities and at regional, state, national and global levels
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We further refined our strategic plan by developing numerous short-range goals and objectives with specific assignments and measurable outcomes to help us achieve each long-term goal. Specific examples include: 1) completing our $1.5m Capital Campaign (recapitalized the Revolving Fund, added to the operating endowment and funded further restoration of our house museum), 2) adding professional staff to assist with membership and volunteer coordination, 3) expanding our Board of Trustees, and 4) being more aggressive with public relations and marketing of HSF and its many accomplishments in our 60th anniversary year.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    HSF’s Board of Trustees is comprised of 24 individuals with a variety of professional skills and experience, who are attentive and committed to seeing the organization achieve its goals. The group is well-connected and has access to significant financial resources; the organization also enjoys access to a $4m endowment. HSF has an annual operating budget of $1.1 million; a passionate and seasoned staff of 9 including our flagship house museum—the Davenport House—which attracts 30,000 visitors each year; and a membership/support base of almost 800 units, including more than 100 volunteers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    HSF’s Board and staff identified measurable outcomes and check-points within our organization’s strategic plan to track our progress along the way. The Board and staff also conduct periodic updates to ensure that assignments are being completed and progress is being made. Savannah is not a large city, but HSF is a prominent entity within the city. News media coverage of HSF is frequent and comprehensive; we are measured, praised (and sometimes pilloried) on a regular basis—so response to our work is immediate. If historic buildings are saved, crises averted, students educated and visitors informed, then we know that because we literally track such metrics.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    HSF has accomplished many of the short-range goals and objectives outlined in our strategic plan such as:
    • Completing a comprehensive Capital Campaign—the organization’s first.
    • Increasing our staffing resources by creating a position to coordinate and grow our volunteer and supporter base, thereby increasing the overall resources and capacity of the organization.
    • Meeting the fundraising goal for and hosting a successful National Preservation Conference with 1800 attendees from across the country.
    • Expanding our Hands on History Program, targeted at youth in our school system, by expanding to an additional school.
    • Contracting a study that determines the Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Savannah as a tool for us to raise awareness and increase our resources.
    • Establishing a system to track the diversity of our supporter base.
    • Hosting Board meetings in different historic neighborhoods to increase engagement within our community and raise awareness about the organization.

    We are still working to accomplish the following:
    • Putting a Planned Giving infrastructure into place
    • Developing a unique HSF experience which could be shared/sold to Savannah-bound Conference Planners.
    • Completing up to 4 building rehabilitation projects with our Revolving Fund each year.
    • Developing a mobile App that demonstrates HSF’s impact in the community through our Revolving Fund by mapping completed projects.
    • Developing an annual social media campaign to reflect quarterly objectives related to our mission utilizing Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Service Areas

Self-reported

Georgia

Savannah and Chatham County, Georgia, USA

Social Media

Funding Needs

Help us help our community. We have funding needs for:   Each May HSF raises awareness about preservation in the community by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month.  We launch Preservation Month with a Preservation Festival showcasing our month long calendar of events. Sponsorship opportunities also available.   Hands on History gives middle & high school students an opportunity to participate in interactive preservation activities and gain an appreciation for the historical value in their communities. Students have the opportunity to visit historical sites throughout the city to learn more about Savannah's architecture and historic building techniques.  Through a nationally recognized program called Box City, HSF in partnership with the Early College Program at SCCPSS, helps guide high school freshmen interested in historic preservation as a career learn about architecture, planning and community development.

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HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Historic Savannah Foundation Incorporated

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President & CEO

Mr. Daniel Carey

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kathleen Horne

Bouhan Falligant LLP

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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?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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