Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Virginia Capitol Foundation

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.virginiacapitol.gov

Mission Statement

The Virginia Capitol Foundation is the private-sector advocate for the Capitol and Executive Mansion, enhancing the educational, cultural, and economic potential of Capitol Square's historic treasures through program development, fundraising, and marketing.

Main Programs

  1. Virginia Indian Monument
  2. Virginia Women's Monument
  3. Educational Programs and Exhibits
  4. Executive Mansion Kitchen and Acquisitions
Service Areas

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International

Although the Virginia Capitol and Executive Mansion attract visitors from around the world, the primary audience is Virginia school children who comprise half of the annual visitors.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2016

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Mrs. Colleen Dugan Messick

Keywords

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Virginia State Capitol, Virginia Capital, Executive Mansion, Governor's Mansion, Virginia Capitol

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Also Known As

VCF

EIN

65-1210653

 Number

7235360855

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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VCF Selected Accomplishments Capitol Square Annual Ornaments-four ornaments have been produced, starting in 2012, of the Capitol, the Bell Tower, the Executive Mansion and the Washington Monument. Our 2016 ornament will be of our Thomas Jefferson statue in the Capitol extension. Keepers of the Flame - completed production for 27 minute orientation film that is available to more than 100,000 annual Capitol visitors. The film tells of the stories of important figures and events in Virginia history with a goal of inspiring viewers to take up the torch of liberty through active civic service. Thomas Jefferson: Architect of Liberty - commissioned a full-length bronze portrait sculpture of Thomas Jefferson, obtained full funding, and installed it as a guidepost for the Visitor Extension of the Capitol. VCF Top Goals Work in partnership with two state commissions to install monuments on Capitol Square: (1) Virginia Indian Tribute Monument, (2) Virginia Women's Monument. Both monuments and accompanying educational programs will commemorate and celebrate these previously underrepresented groups in the monuments on the grounds of the Virginia Capitol. Promote the Adopt-A-Bench Project to restore 19th century-styled benches to the Square as well as the Adopt-A-Tree and Pathway to Liberty inscribed brick programs. Enhance educational programs in the Capitol and on Capitol Square. Interpretation of the 19th century Executive Mansion Kitchen, along with acquisition and conservation of period pieces for the Mansion.

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

Virginia Indian Monument

In recognition of their lasting legacy and contributions, as well as to ensure the endurance of their rich and inspiring stories, the Indian monument will pay tribute to Virginia's original inhabitants. Oriented to the earth, Mantle creates the shape of a Nautilus shell by combining three integrated spiral elements. A five-foot wide winding footpath will follow the outline of the monument; rising from and returning back to the earth. In addition to the path, there will be a continuous wall, also serving as a bench, to allow for gathering and meditating. A selection of perennial native plant species will constitute the natural style landscaping around the monument. Traversing the space will be a man-made stream, paying homage to the integral role water plays in the culture of Virginia Indian tribes. Stones from sites throughout the Commonwealth, with significance to Virginia Indians, will be placed in the stream bed.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Program 2

Virginia Women's Monument

The Virginia Women's Commission is leading the much anticipated effort to commemorate and celebrate the achievement of women in Virginia. Thought to be the first of its kind in the nation recognizing the full range of women's achievements, the monument will take the form of a garden plaza featuring 12 bronze sculptures of important female figures from Virginia, including both well-known women and those unheralded in the history books. The women selected represent over four centuries of Virginia history and diversity, reflecting various spheres of influence and geographic areas of the Commonwealth. Additional women of achievement will be named on the wall of honor surrounding the plaza and important milestones in women's history will be enumerated on a timeline. A metaphor for the many unrecognized, and often invisible, female voices that have been responsible for shaping our culture, country, and Commonwealth, Voices from the Garden will spark inquiry and encourage educational endeavors highlighting Virginia women's accomplishments.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$3,700,000.00

Program 3

Educational Programs and Exhibits

Funding for the development of programs and interactive experiences aimed at educating current and future generations on the ideals of liberty, representative government, and civic engagement. In addition, the projects will remind visitors of the pivotal role Virginia has played in the founding of America's form of government. Focus areas will include significant milestones in Virginia history, representative government in action, and the compelling stories of influential, though often less celebrated, individuals. Educational tools under consideration include an expanded tour experience, enhancement of the exhibit gallery and Capitol outreach through an updated website and new mobile applications.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$2,200,000.00

Program 4

Executive Mansion Kitchen and Acquisitions

Virginia's Executive Mansion is the oldest governor's residence in the United States which continues to serve its original purpose. Every day, the mansion welcomes groups, ranging from school children, who explore its historic spaces, to international dignitaries, who meet to conduct business with the Commonwealth. Two initiatives will enhance the presence and complete the story of the Mansion. The kitchen dependency, constructed in 1813, and adjacent to the Mansion, will be furnished with implements appearing on an 1818 inventory of the kitchen, with the intention of using the space to tell the stories of the individuals, including enslaved persons, who served governors and their families in the 19th century. In addition, the dependency will provide a space for educational programs on both food and sustainability and nutrition. While the state provides the funding for the day-to-day functioning of the residence of the Governor and the First Family, private funds will enable the conservation of period furniture and fine art as well as the acquisition of pieces for the public spaces, better reflecting the rich history and prosperity of our Commonwealth.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Although the Virginia Capitol and Executive Mansion attract visitors from around the world, the primary audience is Virginia school children who comprise half of the annual visitors.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Most Pressing Funding Needs for Capitol Square as identified by the VCF Monuments to honor the Virginia Indians and the women of the Commonwealth - support the efforts of both commissions which will include developing a design concept, managing a competitive process to select the sculptors, and identification of donors. Indian Monument: $1 million, Women's Monument: $3.7 million. Adopt-a-Bench $3,000 per bench. Adopt-a-Tree $10,000 per tree. Inscribe a brick on the Pathway to Liberty $250 per brick.Annual Fund - the VCF works cooperatively with state agencies supporting Capitol Square and, as a result, we are able take advantage of these partnerships to keep our operating costs down. Our annual fund goal is $120,000.Educational Programs - expansion of the tour experience, enhancement of the exhibit gallery in the Capitol, Capitol outreach through an updated website and mobile applications.

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VIRGINIA CAPITOL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Virginia Capitol Foundation

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Colleen Dugan Messick

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It is an exciting time for the Commonwealth and the Virginia Capitol Foundation. Our restored Capitol opened to visitors in May 2007 and annually welcomes tens of thousands of Virginia students and travelers from every state and many countries. The most recent expansion, only the third in the Capitol's 221-year history, included the addition of a new visitor's entrance, which serves as the gateway to the Commonwealth and showcases rotating exhibits that highlight noteworthy groups and events in Virginia history. As an independent foundation supporting public projects, the Virginia Capitol Foundation has a unique opportunity to build partnerships by collaborating with private donors, corporations and state entities to fund and oversee projects related to our mission. Through these partnerships, we are able to leverage other resources and maintain a leaner Foundation staff, thus channeling more of your donations into our work. There are many ways to support our mission, from funding our educational programs and art acquisitions to helping refurbish our buildings and grounds. We continue to seek funds for two new monuments one to Virginia Women and one to Virginia Indians, expanding our educational programs and other future projects. It is our honor to work with members of the community to be an advocate for preserving and sharing the important Virginia treasures on Capitol Square. Colleen Dugan Messick Executive Director "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Janet T. Geldzahler

Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

Term: July 2014 - June 2017

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