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Blithewold

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

three stars

82.08

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 82.08 three stars
  Financial 77.17 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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

two stars

77.17

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
75.1%
  Administrative Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.68
  Program Expenses Growth -1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.6%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $315,743
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $116,567
   Fundraising Events $36,725
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $469,035
   Program Service Revenue $387,165
Total Primary Revenue $856,200
   Other Revenue $1,418,509
TOTAL REVENUE $2,274,709
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,043,619
   Administrative Expenses $299,587
   Fundraising Expenses $102,738
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,445,944
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $828,765
   
Net Assets $11,151,366

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$118,679 8.20% Karen Binder Executive Director

Mission

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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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