Mathews Maritime Foundation
Mathews Maritime Foundation
482 Main Street
Mathews VA 23109
Mission Statement The Mathews Maritime Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and protecting Mathews County's rich maritime and cultural heritage through research, conservation, documentation and education.
CEO/Executive Director No All Volunteer
Board Chair Mrs. Marcy Benouameur
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address Mathews Maritime Foundation
482 Main Street
Mathews, VA 23109
Telephone 804 725-4444
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $72,000.00
Projected Expenses $42,600.00
Additional Documents
Governing Documents2013View
Mission The Mathews Maritime Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and protecting Mathews County's rich maritime and cultural heritage through research, conservation, documentation and education.
Mathews Maritime Foundation educates the public about Mathews County’s rich maritime heritage. A heritage that pre dates the Revolutionary War. 
This heritage is disappearing and the knowledge thereof is also fading from the minds and consciousness of the community. Residents and tourists alike are often unaware of the rich maritime background woven into the threads of families and the nation’s history. Young people even within the county, often have not heard of Pungies, Bugeyes, tonging, and jimmies.  Our history and the fabric of who we are in unraveling. 
The Mathews Maritime Foundation provides education to youth through Maritime Heritage Day, Chesapeake Bay Days, and Family Boatbuilding. Adults and youth are exposed to Mathews County history through tours of the museum, Mathews Maritime Heritage Day, monthly lectures, and special programs. The addition of the deck boat “Peggy of New Point” has given volunteers the opportunity to be engaged in the restoration of an historic vessel. The “Peggy”, built in Mathews County in 1925, is the last of the deck boats built in the County that remains in the County.
In all, 376 youth and adults have been participants in these educational activities. A cadre of 9 adult volunteers contributed over 1,500 hours to the  restoration of the “Peggy”. And $500 was raised through education grants benefitting 92  students who participated in the Chesapeake Bay Day activity.
We will continue to support and participate in these programs (Chesapeake Bay Days, Heritage Day, and boat building/restoration) as they are the mainstay of our outreach and mission to preserve and protect Mathews County’s rich maritime, shipbuilding, and cultural heritage through research, conservation, documentation, and education.

Still a relatively young organization, in our seventeenth year, we have pressing needs on several fronts. Not necessarily in priority order they are: 1. Need to fill vacancies on our Board with individuals who have specialized talents in grant writing, business management, and fund raising. 2. Need volunteers at all levels. Individuals to chair and/or work on any one of our seven standing committees. 3. Need to increase the value of the Peggy of New Point Endowment Fund. Currently at $43.600 our minimum goal is $150,000.  4. Need to find a replacement for our current volunteer Treasurer who has served in this capacity for the past ten years.

The Mathews Maritime Museum is owned and operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and displaying examples of the rich and extensive maritime heritage of Mathews County through research, conservation, documentation and education.
Our vision is to provide a means to research, preserve and educate the community and others in the past, current, and future maritime activities associated with and inherent to Mathews County, Virginia.  Mathews County was once home to over 19 shipyards and was one of the nation’s leading builders of ships.  This heritage is disappearing and the knowledge thereof is also fading from the minds and consciousness of the community. Residents and tourists alike are often unaware of the rich maritime background woven into the threads of families and the nation’s history. Young people even within the county, often have not heard of Pungies, Bugeyes, tonging, and jimmies.  Our history and the fabric of who we are in unraveling.
It was on this premise that the Foundation was incorporated in 1999. Since that time we have established a maritime museum with over 2600 artifacts related to the County’s maritime history, documented sites of sunken vessels, offered family boat building days, instituted a monthly lecture series, created a maritime calendar featuring photographs of workboats, established a Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail, initiated a boat donor program to provide income for out activities and projects, and given the youth of our community service learning and volunteer opportunities.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Mathews County
Mathews County
Our primary focus is on Mathews County maritime history but we do spill over into Gloucester and Middlesex counties. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Marcy Benouameur
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mrs Marcy Benouameur
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Marcy Benouameur Retired
Mr. John Bonner Retired
Mr. Jack Caldwell Retired
Mr. Dennis Crawford Retired
Mr. Kerry Hall Waterman - self employed
Mr. Page A. Herbert retired
Mr. Dave Machen Retired
Mr. Tom Robinson Retired
Mr. James Warwick Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director No All Volunteer
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 15
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2013
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
We work closely with the Mathews County Extension Office on 4H educational projects. We are partnered with Rappahannock Community College to provide a venue for the conduct of marine trades courses offered through their work force development department.  
The Albert B. Cory AwardAmerican Association for State & Local History2011
Description Our museum houses artifacts, documents, and photographs depicting the history and legacy of Mathews County, the Middle Peninsula, and the Chesapeake Bay. We currently provide numerous products and services to the Community. All offerings are designed to preserve and educate the public on the maritime history and heritage of Mathews County. Many of these programs and services are designed specifically to cater to a wide rage of age groups and interests. It is our intent to broaden these offerings to attract additional interest segments and new prospective donors.
Description Our monthly lectures are held on the third Thursday in the months of September thru May. The lectures are maritime related covering such topics as boat design, Bay ecology , menhaden fisheries, transatlantic sailing, multihull boat design and construction, and lighthouse keepers to name a few. The lectures are offered to the community free of charge, though we do ask for donations to help support the program.
Budget $500.00
Description Mathews Maritime Heritage Day is a weekend celebration of the maritime heritage of Mathews County designed to educate and allow visitors to experience the diverse culture inherent to the County. Through exhibits, attendees learn about the watermen and the means by which they earn a living, including: constructing nets, crab pots, engine mechanics, navigation, boat building, fishing, clamming, and seamanship. 
Budget $1,000.00
We sponsor a Sea Scout Crew. 
  The Sea Scout Crew is a newly initiated program by the Foundation. We have put together a cadre of adult instructors and have registered two of the five scout trainees required to begin our program which will get underway in January of 2018. 
Budget $3,000.00
Description The Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail (MHHT) is a partnership project established in 2009 to preserve the coastal landscape and tell the history of Mathews County's maritime heritage. It follows the existing Mathews Blueways Water Trail, a 100 mile recreational water trail which is a component of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.  The MMHT differs from the Blueways Trail in that it includes educational historical information about the County's historic wharves, fish and crab packing houses, shipyards, plantations, and environmental sites. To date, it has completed the maritime history of the East River section. The next section to be completed will be Milford Haven.
Budget $4,500.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

   Mathews County, once one of the nation’s leading builder of ships, was home to many shipyards.  The East River was the official port of entry to the U.S. for over 10,000 vessels.  Nine wharves once dotted the shoreline providing transportation for passengers and cargo.  Numerous packing houses, and canneries created a vibrant economic waterfront.  A time and an era are quickly fading from lives and memories.

   During the past sixteen years, Mathews Maritime Foundation’s (MMF) board has dedicated itself to researching and preserving Mathews County’s rich maritime history.  MMF plans to take advantage of the public’s enthusiasm to preserve this history through an aggressive fund raising program that will allow it to move out of its current public facility and construct a new home to house its growing collection of artifacts, a library and other research media, and to serve as a place to host educational program activities.

   Based on detailed financial projections prepared by the board, it is estimated that $770,000 of investment is required to open the new facility.  The funds received will be used to finance initial land acquisition, site studies, permits, and as a 30% loan to value down payment on the $2.0 million mortgage.

   The Foundation currently approaches the general public primarily through its museum collection and educational programs.  Market research shows that the Middle Peninsula of Virginia and surrounding counties and municipalities has a population of over 350,000.  

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $72,000.00
Projected Expenses $42,600.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$26,645$22,068$21,330
Administration Expense$8,507$6,147$18,919
Fundraising Expense$1,570$1,238$2,416
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.461.641.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%75%50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%3%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$188,890$172,138$153,362
Current Assets$98,933$79,138$62,280
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$291$275$288
Total Net Assets$188,599$171,863$153,074
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities339.98287.77216.25
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise fund for the purchase of a new museum facility.
Dates Feb 2018 to Feb 2019
Amount Raised To Date $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitation Permit 05/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990-EZs, with information on assets and liabilities from year-end financial reports.
  • IRS 990-EZs prepared by Peter Hall, Treasurer.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" includes corporate and foundation support.
  • Organization does not currently conduct an audit.