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The George Washington Foundation

Enhancing the public understanding and appreciation of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis

three stars

80.04

1201 Washington Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401
tel: (540) 373-3381   Web Site
EIN: 54-0525507

Board Leadership
Eleanor Doar
Chair

CEO
William E. Garner
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.04 three stars
  Financial 74.01 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of The George Washington Foundation is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families. In 1922, an energetic and far-sighted group of people led by Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming, rallied the resources to purchase Kenmore, the Fredericksburg house completed in 1775 by George Washington's sister Betty and her husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis. Launching the campaign to save Kenmore, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge said, "It ought to be preserved for its own sake. It must be preserved for patriotic America."

The mission of The George Washington Foundation is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families. In 1922, an energetic and far-sighted group of people led by Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming, rallied the resources to purchase Kenmore, the Fredericksburg house completed in 1775 by George Washington's sister Betty and her husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis. Launching the campaign to save Kenmore, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge said, "It ought to be preserved for its own sake. It must be preserved for patriotic America."

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Financial

two stars

74.01

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
65.4%
  Administrative Expenses 17.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.75
  Program Expenses Growth 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The George Washington Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The George Washington Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The George Washington Foundation (VA) 80.04 three stars
Fort Ticonderoga Association (NY) 92.29 four stars
George Washington's Mount Vernon (VA) 89.03 three stars
Thomas Jefferson Foundation (VA) 88.53 three stars
The Mount (MA) 87.52 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,113,519
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,113,519
   Program Service Revenue $212,217
Total Primary Revenue $1,325,736
   Other Revenue $314,335
TOTAL REVENUE $1,640,071
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,547,354
   Administrative Expenses $425,610
   Fundraising Expenses $287,841
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,260,805
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-620,734
   
Net Assets $34,179,578

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Educational Programming $616,173 39.8%
Archaeological Excavations $416,049 26.9%
Curatorial Department $198,523 12.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 80.04 three stars
2017-12 12/20/2019 80.12 three stars
2017-12 11/01/2019 78.86 two stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 75.99 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 76.68 two stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 73.77 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 72.40 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 72.37 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 72.73 two stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 77.51 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 54-0525507
Name in IRS Master File THE GEORGE WASHINGTON FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A82
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (62) Historical site, records or reenactment
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1931
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$175,118 7.74% William E. Garner President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The George Washington Foundation (VA) 80.04 three stars
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Blithewold (RI) 85.07 three stars
Morven Museum & Garden (NJ) 92.14 four stars
Connecticut Landmarks (CT) 87.79 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The George Washington Foundation
1201 Washington Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
tel: (540) 373-3381
fax: (540) 371-6066
EIN: 54-0525507

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Board Leadership

Eleanor Doar
Chair

CEO

William E. Garner
President and CEO

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