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The George Washington Foundation

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

two stars

75.99

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

Board Leadership
Benjamin N. Wafle
Chair

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.99 two stars
  Financial 74.14 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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."

Financial

two stars

74.14

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
64.5%
  Administrative Expenses 16.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 12.11
  Program Expenses Growth -1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.9%
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) 75.99 two stars
Archaeological Conservancy (NM) 89.88 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,817,338
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,817,338
   Program Service Revenue $213,064
Total Primary Revenue $2,030,402
   Other Revenue $1,013,600
TOTAL REVENUE $3,044,002
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,459,246
   Administrative Expenses $381,756
   Fundraising Expenses $440,008
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,281,010
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $762,992
   
Net Assets $35,774,857

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 $565,782 38.8%
Archaeological Excavations $360,255 24.7%
Curatorial Department $171,362 11.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$170,057 7.45% William E. Garner President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The George Washington Foundation (VA) 75.99 two 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

Benjamin N. Wafle
Chair

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