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Blithewold

One of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era.

three stars

89.34

101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809
tel: (401) 253-2707   Web Site
EIN: 05-0503407

Board Leadership
Doug Gray
Chairman

CEO
Karen Binder
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.34 three stars
  Financial 89.70 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since assuming stewardship responsibility for Blithewold in 1999, Blithewold, Inc. has concentrated on rebuilding a broad base of support for the property in the community and amongst horticultural enthusiasts to preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold.

Since assuming stewardship responsibility for Blithewold in 1999, Blithewold, Inc. has concentrated on rebuilding a broad base of support for the property in the community and amongst horticultural enthusiasts to preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold.

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Financial

three stars

89.70

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
75.2%
  Administrative Expenses 17.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.11
  Program Expenses Growth 10.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blithewold on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blithewold on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blithewold (RI) 89.34 three stars
Archaeological Conservancy (NM) 96.66 four stars
Galveston Historical Foundation (TX) 85.57 three stars
Thomas Jefferson Foundation (VA) 91.32 four stars
American Society for Yad Vashem (NY) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $145,206
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $102,956
   Fundraising Events $201,486
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $449,648
   Program Service Revenue $1,011,859
Total Primary Revenue $1,461,507
   Other Revenue $556,474
TOTAL REVENUE $2,017,981
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,304,433
   Administrative Expenses $286,974
   Fundraising Expenses $103,045
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,694,452
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $323,529
   
Net Assets $10,304,272

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
Member and Visitor Services $703,805 53.9%
Preservation $550,631 42.2%
Education $49,997 3.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-02 08/01/2018 89.34 three stars
2016-02 03/01/2017 89.44 three stars
2015-02 06/01/2016 87.54 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-02 02/01/2016 83.39 three stars
2014-02 09/01/2015 86.78 three 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 05-0503407
Name in IRS Master File BLITHEWOLD INC
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 January, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End February
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • February, 2017
  • February, 2016
  • February, 2015
  • February, 2014
  • February, 2013

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$114,728 6.77% Karen Binder Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blithewold (RI) 89.34 three stars
Connecticut Landmarks (CT) 90.31 four stars
Montpelier Foundation (VA) 86.75 three stars
Preservation Trust of Vermont (VT) 86.19 three stars
American Battlefield Trust (DC) 96.94 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blithewold
101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
tel: (401) 253-2707
fax: (401) 253-0412
EIN: 05-0503407

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Board Leadership

Doug Gray
Chairman

CEO

Karen Binder
Executive Director

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