Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Greater Kent Historical Society

  • Kent, WA
  • http://www.gkhs.org/

Mission Statement

Preserving Kent's Past for the education and creation of new generation of our city's participants.

Main Programs

  1. Kent Chronicles
  2. Scholarship Fund
  3. GKHS Speaker Series

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Service Areas

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Washington

City of Kent and its surrounding municipalities including but not limited to: Auburn, Covington, and Federal Way.  Also part of a broader coalition of South King County Historical Associations.

ruling year

1994

Chief Executive Officer & President since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Jon Johnson

Vice-President Board of Directors since 2016

Self-reported

Doug Scharnhorst

Keywords

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Kent; Covington; Federal Way; Auburn; Greater Kent; South King County

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EIN

94-3192767

 Number

4026170423

Physical Address

855 East Smith St

Kent, WA 98030

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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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Our annual GALA Dinner Event in 2015 set a new organizational record for largest donations to a Fund-an-Item project.

In 2016 we plan to have a feature exhibits at the museum to local area artists and sculptors.

The Museum continues to seek out milestone anniversary events to celebrate and make a feature exhibit at the Bereiter House museum.

Our Endowment continues to generate interest in the general public as an opportunity for members of the community leave a sustaining gift to their home town. In 2015 the Endowment fund generated a 10.5% return on investments (using corpus baseline). That represents a gross ROI of 21% with the gained proceeds split 50%/50% with the GKHS Operations fund.

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

Kent Chronicles

A monthly program that provides a forum for people to learn Kent history in the context of state, national, and international events.  Topics are also chosen based on timeliness of anniversaries of notable events.  Event makes a great opportunity for home schooled children to visit the museum.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 2

Scholarship Fund

The Society maintains two Scholarship funds: the GKHS Scholarship Fund, and the Osness Family Scholarship Program.  These funds provide opportunities for local area High School students who show an interest in the Humanities, History, or Cultural Arts to seek higher education opportunities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$4,500.00

Program 3

GKHS Speaker Series

Feature presenters tailored to the interests of the Greater Kent Community.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,000.00

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?
    To be the preferred solution provider for Kent Historical information and research.
    Include personal historical and cultural contributions from first/second generation new citizens who reside in the Kent area.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Partner with associations and other groups who share our passion and commitment in celebrating what has made Kent and the surrounding municipalities and nice place to live.

    Offer opportunities for new learning by youth and their families.

    Supplement the Public School history curriculum with actual life experiences of the people who live near them,
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The GKHS is respected by Civic leaders, and local area professional associations recognizing our abilities to support public fairs and events in the Downtown Kent area.

    Our Board of Directors includes a various mix of current and retired history teachers in collaboration with business leaders and corporate interests who bring a mix skills and talents in the technology domain to create new historical experiences.

    We are also supporting resources to the South King County Genealogical Society and reach an international community of individuals who are searching for any information about family members.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our continued participation and support of the major Kent City festivals and events, along with our steady contributions to the Designated Programs and Endowment Fund at the museum have assured the City of Kent, its Parks and Recreation Department of our sustaining commitment to providing good services and activities.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The GKHS has been striving to add new content and exhibits to their backlog. Currently we are scheduled out 1.5 years for future planning on our calendar of exhibits and events to celebrate the traditions and life in the City of Kent.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

City of Kent and its surrounding municipalities including but not limited to: Auburn, Covington, and Federal Way.  Also part of a broader coalition of South King County Historical Associations.

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Funding Needs

The Society is interested in growing their operation over the next 5-10 years.  We are conveniently located next to a major park in the City of Kent, and adjacent to two large halls for public gatherings and events.To achieve these goals, we plan on needing a total of around $1.5 million in capital contributions over the next 5-10 years.We currently maintain an Endowment Fund for the goal of preservation of major donations, and utilizing a portion of investments annually to support the general fund.Our annual budget for staffing is currently at $35K.  We would like to be able to increase that to around $65K annually so that we can recruit an Executive Director for our Society.  The Executive Director would then be responsible for the grant writing and project management that will grow the museum and the general public interest.We also offer sponsorships for our events and activities that allow local and regional businesses the opportunity to partner with us on providing educational and civic awareness to the public.  Significant sponsors can be a patron level supporter of the GKHS and they will be recognized at many events through out the year as well via our website and newsletter.

Accreditations

American Association for State and Local History

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association for State and Local History

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Greater Kent Historical Society

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer & President

Mr. Jon Johnson

Vice-President Board of Directors

Doug Scharnhorst

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jon Johnson

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Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

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?

No

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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