Historic Athens

Celebrating and conserving community heritage

aka Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Hands On Athens, Athens Welcome Center   |   ATHENS, GA   |  http://www.historicathens.com

Mission

Developing community-wide understanding of the value of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage in Athens, Georgia.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Tommy Valentine

Main address

P.O. Box 81186

ATHENS, GA 30608 USA

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EIN

58-6062318

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1967, the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation (now Historic Athens) has worked to advocate for and educate the public regarding the subject of historic preservation and our local history. Due to the ever-changing nature of historic preservation and a transient population due in large part to the presence of the University of Georgia, we find ourselves frequently in need of new ways to engage the public, embrace new ideals of historic preservation, and consider new definitions of "community" to ensure equal representation in this diverse and outspoken southern town.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Hands On Historic Athens

Hands on Historic Athens (HOHA) is a neighborhood revitalization initiative of Historic Athens that assists low-income homeowners with home maintenance projects in homes that are 50 years or older. The goal of Hands On Historic Athens is to keep neighborhoods intact through safe and habitable homes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Informal and open discussions between Historic Athens and the community at large focused on preservation-related topics, community development issues, and other timely subjects.

Population(s) Served

The Athens Preservation Awards are held annually to celebrate local preservation efforts from the previous year, and to increase awareness of the value of historic resources to the Athens community.

Population(s) Served

To encourage and guide ongoing efforts to save endangered historic spaces in Athens, Georgia.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of memberships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number includes any individual or organization that gave money toward a Historic Athens membership, program, or event.

Number of sponsors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our sponsorship program is a three-tiered system that includes individuals, families, and businesses.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2019, Historic Athens received both a public and a private grant to further the advocacy and service work we coordinate. (Watson Brown Foundation & Community Development Block Grant)

Number of ongoing preservation efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Places in Peril

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Historic Athens directly coordinates preservation efforts through its easement program, through its Places in Peril program, and by advocating for new local historic districts.

Number of Instagram likes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Historic Athens has increased its social media presence exponentially in the past two years to create connections and strengthen our base, especially to include new, younger members and supporters.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Historic Athens has increased its social media presence exponentially in the past two years to create connections and strengthen our base, especially to include new, younger members and supporters.

Number of interns

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Historic Athens knows UGA students can provide fresh perspectives, academic training, and outside energy to our team, and we believe in training students in the realities of nonprofit management.

Number of people served by the Historic Athens Welcome Center

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pre-Covid, the AWC hosted a variety of local tour groups, tourism professionals, and guests in Athens for larger conventions. We also gave tours specifically designed for new UGA students in Athens.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Historic Athens relies upon members and sponsors to further our educational programming. These donors also engage in our mission by supporting local events, advocacy efforts, and service initiatives.

Number of Historic Athens Porchfest performers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our 2019 Porchfest was our first, and it was a celebration of Athens neighborhoods’ history, residential architecture, and community spirit. We worked with local artists from all musical backgrounds.

Number of historic sites on the Historic Athens Places in Peril List

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Places in Peril

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Places in Peril brings attention to struggling preservation projects by placing them on an “endangered” list. These projects include those in plain sight as well as those long-forgotten or overlooked.

Number of attendees at Historic Athens Brown Bag Lunch program events

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Brown Bag Lunches

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Brown Bag Lunch Series provides an opportunity to discuss ongoing and upcoming preservation topics with members of the public.

Number of awards given at the Annual Athens Preservation Awards

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Preservation Awards

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Annual Preservation Awards celebrate the best of the best in local historic preservation efforts in Athens. These are large-scale banners displayed on award-winning projects throughout Athens.

Number of Historic Athens Welcome Center website page views

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a regional Visitor and Welcome Center, our website serves as an information hub for those interested in visiting Northeast Georgia. We share information about all of Northeast Georgia’s history.

Number of Historic Athens Porchfest attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Porchfest attendees included residents from across Athens. They truly reflected full-community representation, particularly due to the diversity of musical genres included in the 69 concerts.

Number of overall home repairs accomplished through Hands on Historic Athens

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Hands On Historic Athens

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hands on Historic Athens is the service arm of Historic Athens that coordinates home repairs for historic (50+ years) homes in Athens-Clarke County. Our target goal is 18-20 repairs per fiscal year.

Number of Historic Athens website views

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Realizing that finding us online may be the first way many in our audience learn of our outreach efforts, we have made great strides in updating our website frequently with new information.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Historic Athens plans to continue celebrating our community's shared culture and does so through education, advocacy, and community outreach. We have been successful in this mission, but seek to grow both in membership and reach, so we must continue to broaden our vision to encompass more of our community.

Historic Athens has many programs and events that help us work toward our goals. We have been fortunate to establish strategic partnerships that allow for efficient, cross-agency work to celebrate diverse facets of our community all the while stressing advocacy and education. For our Hands on Historic Athens initiative, funded with CDBG funds administered through the Athens-Clarke County Housing & Community Development Department, we are able to help community members in need with free home repairs in structures that are 50 years or older. Giving back to our community in this way helps prevent displacement due to gentrification, honors our historic building stock, and has resulted in successful partnerships with volunteer groups.

A second initiative is our operation of the Historic Athens Welcome Center, through which we seek to provide everyone who enters Athens a glimpse into our rich and diverse history. Thanks to a partnership with the A-CC Convention & Visitors Bureau, we receive 15% of the money collected by hotel-motel tax revenue in Athens, which funds the majority of the welcome center’s operations. Before COVID-19, the Historic Athens Welcome Center was staffed in person 362 days per year, and our staff organized a variety of walking and bus tours throughout Athens. However, as of March 2020, Welcome Center staff has hosted virtual tours through a Facebook livecast series titled, “Athens History Matters.” Videos air daily at 2 pm, and as of June 26, 8,311 minutes had been viewed since the series began. The Welcome Center has also developed self-guided walking and driving tours as well as an online concierge service to meet the needs of visitors while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Both of the above-mentioned initiatives were created in response to COVID-19 and the need to physically distance ourselves from our community, but both remain a stable and viable source for help and information in Athens, thanks to dedicated staff and strategic budgeting.

To celebrate our historic neighborhoods, Historic Athens hosts a free Porchfest to bring our community together around the appreciation of local bands and performers in historic places. We also host annual Preservation Awards where we recognize the best historic preservation projects, partners, texts of the year; Brown Bag Lunches that offer our community the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue with board and community representatives to discuss preservation-related topics; and our Heritage Walks that showcase structures, streets, and neighborhoods, guided by long-time residents. Lastly, through our Places in Peril list, we are able to encourage and guide ongoing preservation efforts to save endangered historic spaces in our community.

Historic Athens is supported by a talented board that supports our mission and our vision eagerly and financially. Historic Athens also has four staff members that ensure our organization reaches each of its goals. These staff members include the Executive Director of Historic Athens, the Administrator of Hands on Historic Athens, and two additional staff members at the Historic Athens Welcome Center. Each of these staff members are well qualified, and most importantly, they share a love for Athens’ history and Athens’ community. Historic Athens also works with approximately 100 passionate volunteers each year that willingly give up their time to support our efforts. Most importantly, members of our community give us the power and drive to continue doing what we do.

In placing facade easements on historic properties to ensure their integrity remains for future residents, in seeking new historic districts, structures, and landmarks, and in partnering with government agencies to efficiently operate two far-reaching initiatives, Hands on Historic Athens and the Historic Athens Welcome Center, Historic Athens has continuously had a discernible impact on Athens throughout the past 53 years. We have benefitted from and contributed to exciting preservation dialogue with the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design, have worked with design professionals and community leaders to focus on “big picture” preservation issues, and our most recent effort has been the revision of boundaries for a western downtown historic district. This work has required bringing disparate community groups together around the common goal of focusing on what makes Athens, Athens. Hands on Historic Athens has worked on more than 200 homes since it was established in 1999, and the Historic Athens Welcome Center has, quite literally, welcomed hundreds of thousands of students, guests, families, and conventions to Athens and into our historic Church-Waddel-Brumby House. We are seen as a community leader, a creative partner, and a foundational source of institutional knowledge.

Thanks to our age, we have the benefit of wisdom. Thanks to our staff, board, and interns we have the benefits of youthful innovation and a willingness to pivot as needed in order to grow. The structures in which we operate serve as bookends for the east and west ends of downtown: one is a 1901 masonry Firehall, the second such structure built in Athens. The other is an 1820 frame residence, the oldest remaining in Athens, and the saving of which helped establish our organization. Our progress will be to stay right where we are while looking ahead to future generations and how they’ll leave their marks on our shared history. Leading, recalling, and documenting those efforts will ensure that all we’ve achieved will last for future residents of Athens, GA.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Historic Athens

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Bates

Shannon Hinson

Jarrett Martin

Reid Peacock

Joe Hill

Katherine Mitchell

Shane Blackwell

Travis Burch

Ashley Carney

Kimberly Davis

Jeremy Field

Melissa Gogo

David Hyde

Kim Klonowski

Jennifer Lewis

Sarah Sutherland

Missy Wilson

Missy Wilson

Sarah Sutherland

Missy Wilson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/29/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.