Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Preservation Virginia

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.preservationvirginia.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to make Virginia's communities and historic places of memory stronger, more vital and economically sustainable through preservation, education and advocacy.

Main Programs

  1. General Programs
  2. Historic Properties
  3. Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project
  4. Revolving Fund Program
  5. Advocacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

We serve communities across the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, both urban, suburban and rural. We own six historic sites open to the public, but our advocacy and education work go beyond the properties we operate.

ruling year

1941

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kostelny

Keywords

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Jamestown, education, historic, preservation, archaeology, collections, revolving fund, public policy, education, history, partners in the filed, tobacco barns, endangered, sites

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Also Known As

Preservation Virginia

EIN

54-0568800

 Number

3720808870

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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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Preservation Virginia acts as a catalyst in bringing attention to historic preservation issues across the state. To solve these issues, we convene partnerships with numerous interested parties, including local groups, concerned citizens, state and federal agencies and corporations to find compromise. For our historic locations we own and open to the public, our increased programming and making history more relevant to modern audiences has seen a rise in our overall attendance across the board.

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

General Programs

Shares its experience of saving, preserving and maintaining historic places through the Virginia Preservation Conference; publications and web site resources; statewide training workshops and lectures; and by providing technical services in preservation, technology, and fund development for local organizations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Historic Properties

Provides interpretation and public programs at six historic sites including Historic Jamestowne, the John Marshall House, Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, Bacon's Castle, Smith's Fort Plantation, and Cape Henry Lighthouse that tell the story of the Commonwealth through the lives of the people who shaped it.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project

Explores and shares the archaeological remains of 1607 James Fort providing a multi-dimensional understanding of the seventeenth century beginnings of this nation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Revolving Fund Program

Operates a Revolving Fund Program that saves threatened historic places.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Advocacy

Serves as an advocate for Virginia's irreplaceable historic places through a statewide public policy agenda, connecting grassroots organizations to issues and legislation on the statewide and federal levels and promoting model solution-based programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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?
    Preservation should be an ethic in our society. There is no better form of recycling than re-using a historic building. Saving the historic resources across Virginia and finding uses for them results in the preservation of unique history, and also benefits the economy. At our historic sites, these locations represent tangible connections to important chapters in American history. We'll continue to tell those stories and make history relevant to our audiences.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We're a leader in creating partnerships to address preservation issues across the state, and importantly, we advocate for the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program in Virginia. Without this program, many historic properties would be lost. At our historic sites, we've adopted the "Sites of Conscience" method of interpretation which seeks to connect modern audiences to their history.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We're the oldest and most experienced statewide preservation organizations in the state. Using our 128 years+ experience, we can educate local groups about best practices in preservation and advocate to civic leaders and government officials about the importance of saving Virginia's history both for educational and economic purposes. Our expert staff is young, energetic and in the field connecting us to local communities, and our board is poised to continuing leading us through preservation issues as they arise.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    As long as the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program remains in place, our advocacy has made a difference. We'll continue to monitor attendance at our historic sites and can measure our reach to a broadening audience.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Attendance is up at our historic sites open to the public, but we need to continue to grow their revenue to ensure their long-term financial stability. We've also successfully protected the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program to date, but each year, we need to be vigilant in the Virginia General Assembly and continue to educate lawmakers about the economic and social impacts of historic preservation.

    Preservation Virginia needs to grow its Annual Fund and unrestricted endowment as part of its continued financial stability. We've launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign over the next five years to address these needs.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

We serve communities across the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, both urban, suburban and rural. We own six historic sites open to the public, but our advocacy and education work go beyond the properties we operate.

Funding Needs

Funding supports programs that promote preservation tools to help revitalize Virginia's communities while preserving the unique character and cultural identity of the region. These include the existing Tobacco Barn project in Pittsylvania and Halifax County; developing programs to help deal with blight in urban areas such as Petersburg, Danville, Richmond and other cities; and launching a Rosenwald School project to strengthen communities individual efforts to rehabilitate and reuse these historic school structures. We're also working towards building a financially sustainable model for the operation of historic sites and house museums, including Historic Jamestowne, given the 20 year national decline in attendance to such sites. We also offer our experiences to other organizations with the same challenges. We need to continue to grow the unrestricted and restricted endowment funds by $4 million over the next five years, and address the capital projects at our historic sites. We estimate around $4 million in capital needs over the next five years. We also use our experience to teach owners of historic properties how to maintain their own structures.

Accreditations

National Trust For Historic Preservation

National Trust For Historic Preservation

National Trust For Historic Preservation

Affiliations + Memberships

Virginia Conservation Network

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ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF VA ANTIOUITIES
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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

Preservation Virginia

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kostelny

BIO

Mrs. Kostelny brings more than 30 years of experience in the museum and preservation field. She has worked with Preservation Virginia for 27 years and brings an awareness of the past accomplishments and vision for future goals for Preservation Virginia. Through her leadership, Preservation Virginia we've broadened our mission to include advocating for historic sites and programs and encouraging preservation as community revitalization and development.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" It has been my privilege to witness the tremendous evolution of this organization over the last twenty-seven years. Preservation Virginia—its leadership, members and branches—have adapted to the changing field of historic preservation to remain vital. Preservation Virginia is multifaceted working on many levels to ensure that historic places across Virginia remain vital. We have been effective because we are not afraid to partner or press forward with innovative strategies to grow support and expand a preservation movement. Preservation Virginia has adopted a positive approach to preservation issues—looking for the balance between the need for growth and the economic and cultural value that historic structures and neighborhoods bring to Virginia communities. So whether it is preservation and interpretation of a specific site like the John Marshall House or Historic Jamestowne or providing owners of older homes technical advice or working with local groups to ensure that historic assets are considered when new building projects come on line, Preservation Virginia is utilizing 128 years of hands on experience to make Virginia historic places stronger, more vital and economically sustainable through preservation, education and advocacy."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Patricia Loughridge

Loughridge Appraisal

Term: Jan 2017 - Dec 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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