Arts, Culture, and Humanities


Quick Facts

Gettysburg, PA


The Gettysburg Foundation( is the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service at Gettysburg ( , working with the Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation works with the National Park Service to preserve land( , monuments ( and artifacts( and to rehabilitate the land( , returning the ground as closely as possible to its 1863 appearance.

Ruling Year



Dr. Matthew C. Moen

Main Address

1195 Baltimore Pike

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA

Formerly Known As

The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation

Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg


Gettysburg; Civil War Museum; Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address;





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Gettysburg Foundation continues to work with the National Park Service to achieve our many goals. We need to continue to use the lessons learned from Gettysburg to help education the public.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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National Park Service Museum

Educational Institution

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Recreational Visits to Gettysburg National Military Park. This statistic is tracked by Gettysburg National Military Park of the National Park Service.

Population(s) served


Related program

National Park Service Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Gettysburg National Military Park visitation is publicly recorded on is representative of the number of visitors to the Museum and Visitor Center.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Gettysburg Foundation's mission, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks. The Foundation focuses its work primarily on the battle of Gettysburg and its context in the American Civil War, as well as President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Assistance is also given to occasionally support the Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's residence in the Gettysburg community.

The Gettysburg Foundation has embarked on a five-year effort to build support in three critical areas that will sustain not only the battlefield, but also the message of sacrifice, ideals and reconciliation that can be found on the fields of Gettysburg.

Priceless artifacts, land, and buildings must be cared for and restored by expert hands. Without preservation, the story will be lost and the lessons soon forgotten.

Vital land parcels, buildings, and artifacts must be acquired. These acquisitions will protect view sheds and landscapes, eliminate destruction of one-of-a-kind artifacts, and will allow the National Park Service to properly restore and interpret this historic place.

Education & Leadership
Education is a key element in the Foundation's mission. Through its education and leadership programs, the Foundation preserves the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the timeless meaning of individual sacrifice and teamwork first taught here in 1863. In addition, the Foundation's leadership programs bring the battlefield to life for colleges, corporations, and businesses through experiential learning.

Gettysburg Foundation has an Excellent Board of Directors and Senior Leadership to accomplish its goals.

Gettysburg Foundation has established metrics to ensure its goals are accomplished.

Gettysburg Foundation has provided a sustainable organization that owns and operates the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Gettysburg Foundation has provided funding for Preservation projects and in support of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Gettysburg Foundation continues to seek funding for other Preservation projects and educational initiatives.

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



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