Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Preservation Foundation, Inc.

  • Nashville, TN
  • http://www.storyhouse.org

Mission Statement

We believe that the true stories of 'ordinary' people, as recorded by them or someone close to them, will provide valuable source material for future scholars as well as instructive and pleasurable reading for others. Our reason for being is to encourage such writers and to preserve their works for future generations.

Main Programs

  1. The Preservation Foundation, Inc.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

na

ruling year

1978

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Richard Loller

Keywords

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Book Publisher, nonfiction, biography, story contests, advice, preservation, nonprofit

EIN

59-1755684

 Number

5017012397

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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 goal in 1976 when we were established was to "preserve the extraordinary works of 'ordinary' people."
Since then we have published over 1500 stories on our web site. Now we publish paperbacks and E Books as well.

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 Preservation Foundation, Inc.

Our current program consists of operating a Web site where we encourage unpublished writers by direct advice, by publishing their stories as E-books and paperbacks, and by sponsoring writing contests. We publish some fiction but our primary focus is on nonfiction. We have published numerous full- length traditional books and E-books to date and we plan to publish more. New technologies are making this much more affordable. We encourage potential donors to go to our site to get an idea of the scope of our work.

Category

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Population(s) Served

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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?
    We encourage writers to share their stories on our web site, and/or as paperbacks and E Books. Our name, The Preservation Foundation, states our ultimate goal--to keep those stories alive for the children, grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren of the authors.

    In the often confusing world of internet publishing we offer previously unpublished writers a safe and free venue for sharing their stories with the world and for preserving it for future generations.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We have maintained our www.storyhouse.org web site since early in the 1998. We now have over 1,500 stories, most biographical. Fairly recently we began to publish paperbacks and E Books. We have over 30 currently available for purchase. Last year we began our Storyhouse Weekly Reader, a weekly E-Mail with an excerpt of one of our stories and a link to the full story. This has been widely praised and readership is expanding daily.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are a one man operation, although I have help from others. I do the programming and maintaining of all aspects of our program. I'm healthy and am grooming my replacement to take over when necessary so that our goal of preserving these stories will continue when I am gone.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We know when our writers give us positive feedback. We know when our Weekly Reader mailing list grows. We know when we receive unsolicited contributions. We know when our web site receives more and more stories from all over the world. It is very gratifying.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    From no stories in 1976 when we were founded, we have now over 1,500 on our web site. We are now publishing paperbacks and E Books. We now have a popular E Mail mailing. We simply plan to expand these programs.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Loller

BIO

In 1976 Richard Loller was a book editor with Abingdon Press. He founded the Preservation Foundation that year to publish and preserve worthy but limited market nonfiction works, especially biographies. A career change delayed the realization of this goal, but in 1993 our first book was published and in 1997 we opened "Writer's Showcase," a web site for previously unpublished writers. A successful book project was completed in mid-2001 and others have since been realized with Kindle books and paperbacks now available on Amazon and at other retailers.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We incorporated as a not for profit publisher in 1976. Our aim is to encourage and preserve limited market works, primarily biographies, autobiographies, and other nonfiction. We are neither a commercial publisher nor a 'Vanity Press." There are no charges for our services. Our web site has been active since 1997.  We now display over 2000 stories from over 500 writers from around the world  We published a book, A CURIOSITY OF CATS, in 2001. This was a collection of 29 of the best stories we received from 153 writers who entered our cat story contest. We have since published numerous E-Books and paperbacks that are available at Amazon and other retailers.. We believe that the true stories of 'ordinary' people, as recorded by them or someone close to them, will provide valuable source material for future scholars as well as instructive and pleasurable reading for others. Our reason for being is to encourage such writers and to preserve their works for future generations."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard Loller

Retired, vice-president investments at Morgan Stanley

Term: Jan 1976 - Jan 2023

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

No

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?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

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?