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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Blithewold

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

77.73

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

Board Leadership
Trish Sylvester
Chair

CEO
Karen Binder
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.73
  Financial 82.23
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

82.23

Accountability & Transparency

74.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
73.9%
  Administrative Expenses 19.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.46
  Program Expenses Growth 1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
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) 77.73
Archaeology Southwest (AZ) 99.01
The Mount (MA) 89.33
National Trust for Historic Preservation (DC) 88.40
Maymont Foundation (VA) 85.75

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $538,831
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $130,548
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $669,379
   Program Service Revenue $499,623
Total Primary Revenue $1,169,002
   Other Revenue $757,915
TOTAL REVENUE $1,926,917
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,380,626
   Administrative Expenses $328,558
   Fundraising Expenses $116,372
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,825,556
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $101,361
   
Net Assets $11,503,026

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
Preservation $785,231 56.9%
Member and Visitor Services $537,018 38.9%
Education $58,377 4.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-02 08/03/2021 77.73
2019-02 03/01/2020 85.07
2018-02 07/01/2019 82.08
2017-02 08/01/2018 89.34
2016-02 03/01/2017 89.44
2015-02 06/01/2016 87.54
 
CN 2.0
2015-02 02/01/2016 83.39
2014-02 09/01/2015 86.78

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • February, 2019
  • February, 2018
  • February, 2017
  • February, 2016
  • February, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$127,977 7.01% Karen Binder Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blithewold (RI) 77.73
Archaeology Southwest (AZ) 99.01
World Monuments Fund (NY) 85.38
Historic Columbia (SC) 86.41
The Royal Oak Foundation (NY) 92.23

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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

Trish Sylvester
Chair

CEO

Karen Binder
Executive Director

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