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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

To feed the human spirit by sharing America's enduring story

three stars

82.81

P.O. Box 1776 Williamsburg, VA 23187
tel: (888) 293-1776   Web Site
EIN: 54-0505888

Board Leadership
Thurston R. Moore
Chairman

CEO
Mitchell B. Reiss
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.81 three stars
  Financial 78.33 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world's largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia - the restored 18th-century capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. In Colonial Williamsburg's 301-acre Historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city - black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free - and the challenges they faced. In this historic place, we help the future learn from the past.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world's largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia - the restored 18th-century capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. In Colonial Williamsburg's 301-acre Historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city - black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free - and the challenges they faced. In this historic place, we help the future learn from the past.

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Financial

two stars

78.33

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
75.7%
  Administrative Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.79
  Program Expenses Growth -1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (VA) 82.81 three stars
The Valentine Richmond History Center (VA) 87.28 three stars
Longyear Museum (MA) 87.55 three stars
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (VA) 94.74 four stars
Genesee Country Village & Museum (NY) 90.60 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $52,426,171
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,512,879
Total Contributions $53,939,050
   Program Service Revenue $37,122,169
Total Primary Revenue $91,061,219
   Other Revenue $36,271,040
TOTAL REVENUE $127,332,259
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $100,266,396
   Administrative Expenses $22,291,671
   Fundraising Expenses $9,452,682
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $132,010,749
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,678,490
   
Net Assets $1,073,145,225

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
Education, Research and Historical Interpretation $56,258,365 56.1%
Taverns and Colonial Houses $19,820,827 19.8%
Collections, Conservation and Museums $13,747,649 13.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 10/01/2019 82.81 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 84.28 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 84.32 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.68 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 81.59 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 79.52 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 81.02 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 83.25 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 79.96 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.30 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 77.92 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 77.49 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 83.06 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 81.25 three stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 79.41 two stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 76.33 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 77.19 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 84.63 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 95.22 four stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 92.82 four 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 54-0505888
Name in IRS Master File COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(259) Other mutual organization
(62) Historical site, records or reenactment
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 April, 1938
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
$694,697 0.52% Mitchell B. Reiss President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (VA) 82.81 three stars
Missouri History Museum (MO) 97.17 four stars
Longyear Museum (MA) 87.55 three stars
Detroit Historical Society (MI) 90.03 four stars
National World War II Museum (LA) 90.38 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P.O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187
tel: (888) 293-1776
fax: (757) 565-8090
EIN: 54-0505888

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Board Leadership

Thurston R. Moore
Chairman

CEO

Mitchell B. Reiss
President, CEO

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