Mission: In an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation manages and provides financial support to the National Museum of the Pacific War in order to:
preserve and exhibit the material history of the war in the Pacific and Indo-China during World War II;offer and participate in programs that honor all veterans past and present and in programs that provide strategic insights into national security issues affecting our country; support education concerning the American experience in the Pacific Area during World War;preserve and exhibit the material history of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz; and,provide the general public, researchers, teachers and historians with a readily accessible platform for the exploration of the War in the Pacific during World War II.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1964, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information


 340 East Main Street
Fredericksburg TX 78624 


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This charity's score is 96.50, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio


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Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses


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Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


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Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.

Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

3.65 years

Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.

Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth


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Source: IRS Form 990


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.

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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Michael W. Hagee, President, CEO

$121,016 (2.08% of Total Expenses)

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc. (BMF activity code: 060)

Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Grants Received

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We applied and received the PPP loan, and were able to employ a few staff. The Museum was closed for 2 months, and when re-opened the Museum admissions were limited to a timed entry process to limit capacity at any one time in 2020. Revenues from admissions and from retail declined by 35% when comparing pre-COVID 19 results in 2019. Grant awards were reduced significantly from Foundations who previously supported the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, many of which shifted their financial support to community-based humanities efforts and restrictions to counties in which they serve.

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Due to social distancing restrictions we halted our planned 7 Living History programs for the calendar year in 2020, and created smaller "outpost" solutions for 2021. We also had to turn off hands-on interactive technology in our galleries. Our biggest fund-raiser, the Nimitz Golf Classic, was limited to a virtual auction in 2020 with no dinner, leading to a reduced level of proceeds.

How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The Museum and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation began offering virtual educational programming, including enhanced Distance Learning Programs, monthly Webinar materials, short digital vignettes targeting younger audiences (Nimitz Minutes), and additional Oral Histories using YouTube. Strategy shifted to extend elements of the physical museum to be available and accessible online through a newly designed website that was deployed early 2021. At the end of 2020 and throughout 2021 to date, safety measures, signage and staff focus allowed for increased access into the Galleries.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The National Museum of the Pacific War is now a tale of two museums- the physical experiences one has as they visit the museum as well as the experiences one can have by visiting the new website or some of the digital programming available. The Digital priority will remain as an active operating procedure, with a fully committed effort to deliver educational programming online on a recurring basis. Timed admissions and new point-of-sale technology is now in place and will continue in an effort to make the engagement with the museum easier and more streamlined. In addition, efforts will continue to extend material, programming and communications to visitors and members digitally where possible.

Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 96.50
2/1/20202018 97.88
2/1/20192017 96.37
12/22/20172016 96.01
12/1/20162015 92.87
6/1/20162014 90.48
Rating Version: 2.0
12/1/20152014 91.05
5/1/20152013 82.01
12/20/20132012 84.85
11/6/20122011 75.55
4/1/20122010 85.25
3/1/20122010 82.93

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

10/1/20112009 90.28
9/20/20112009 85.35
Rating Version: 1.0
2/1/20112009 91.76
4/1/20102008 87.35
12/1/20082007 84.18
2/1/20082006 74.24
2/1/20072005 61.20

...   Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


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...   Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.

Leadership & Adaptability Score


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The score earned by The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is a passing score.

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The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.

Honor Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and the men and women who served in and supported WW-II Asiatic-Pacific Theater Operations by educating and inspiring future generations. Ensure that all historically relevant lessons are extended to general audiences of all ages and the correlation of those lessons to today's events are applied where applicable.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.

Goal One: Education programming about historical relevance, collaborating with higher education institutions/agencies on their programs, addressing needs of primary/secondary teachers and students worldwide.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Goal Two: Use of collections to provide relevant programs- Expand Guest Speaker programming, expand plaque/brick dedications, expand education outreach (mobile outreach), expand digital for virtual audiences.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.

Goal Three: Enhance national and international Constituency and Community Engagement; Establish Smithsonian Affiliate/Reciprocal program, drive active participation in county, city, other local organizations.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development

Describe an investment in leadership

Various leadership members have been selected to participate in a local program, The Fredericksburg Leadership Program, annually. This program focuses on strategic thinking, civic and public development, community stewardship and public/private business partnership to grow and enhance the community. The Admiral Nimitz Foundation supports approved training programs, courses, workshops and seminars, as well as membership in professional organizations. In addition, this includes subscriptions to job-related resources. The Educational, Curatorial and Development (Membership) leaders have actively engaged in various options. Employees at the Foundation participate in and on several occasions led city wide focus groups to help develop a city Strategic Plan. We also have members on the town's Convention & Visitors Board and are active the Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.

This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As an approved Smithsonian Affiliate member, we partner and collaborate with other affiliates sharing goals, tactics and best practices. Our Marketing leadership executes a national awareness/acquisition program monthly using a 3rd party focusing on social media and other digital medium using Google Analytics to increase museum awareness and engagement nationally. Our educational director publishes TEKS-approved curriculum and published historical whitepapers capable of being used by Texas primary and secondary institutions. The Admiral Nimitz Foundation also hosts an annual Symposium that draws scholars, historians and educators nationwide to focus on Pacific War events that have relevance today (i.e. 2021 focus- A Catalyst for Change: Diversity in WWII). The Admiral Nimitz Foundation operates the National Museum of the Pacific War with support of the Texas Historical Commission and in collaboration with other museums and military groups who share similar goals and objectives.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.

Despite closing temporarily in March 2020 when the impact of the pandemic was in doubt, the National Museum of the Pacific War was able to create safety protocols, cleaning procedures, new standard operating procedures for staff, and gallery logistics in a very rapid period of time, re-opening its doors just 2 months later. This included a new admissions process via timed entry, along with PPE readily available for staff and visitor use. The adaptive measures later would serve as a best practice model for other museums who would inquire and obtain details of the plans implemented. As COVID trends varied, hours of operation and capacity were adjusted to accommodate audiences while maintaining proper safety measures. In parallel, the National Museum of the Pacific War understood various audiences would not travel to and visit the museum directly, and as a result a comprehensive digital package was made available quickly. This included the introduction of Nimitz Minitz, a short digital recurring program for primary school students, Facebook Live events, short video programming via YouTube, Outpost activity where actors carry out a demonstration, Webinars using scholars and historian perspectives, as well as enhanced Distance Learning for school-aged students. Close to 10,000 students were reached in 2020 through DSL, including an international session with students from Ghana. In 2021 through July, the numbers grew to 11,000 through 7 months. In total, an audience close to 50,000 enjoyed digital programming in 2020 remotely as a result of rapid deployment of these virtual alternatives. Finally, quick adjustments were made with fund-raising that resulted in events successfully being conducted in lieu of cancelling them altogether. This included a Mission Sustainment appeal that resulted in an unprecedented national response in support of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation efforts in 2020.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.

Culture & Community Score


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The score earned by The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit

This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.

Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:

How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email, Other means

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 does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

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

What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

To increase participation in free educational webinars, we surveyed past participants of our public programs to gain suggestions for new programming topics and content for the 2022 annual Webinar schedule. We also obtained feedback from Museum visitors who discussed navigational challenges while on the museum campus, going between galleries and in how traffic flowed in the larger gallery. As a result of visitor feedback we incorporated new directional signage. Finally in early 2021 we launched a new website, that included suggestions from a "focus group" of users who provided information on how to improve navigation and access to various levels of content based on their levels of interest (i.e. curriculum for educators).


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Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research

Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.

Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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