Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 1456
Mathews VA 23109
Mission Statement
  • To promote tourism in Mathews County, VA.
  • To provide displays and exhibits which educate and encourage stewardship of the natural resources of Mathews County and the Chesapeake Bay.
  • To serve as a tourism arm through advertising and marketing programs, storefront operations and a county-wide website. 
  • To promote economic development by acting as a resource for local businesses and residents, creating programs and activities that benefit merchants, draw tourists and enhance life for Mathews residents.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr John A Doe
Board Chair Mr. Greg Brown Dusenberry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Innkeeper
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1456
Mathews, VA 23109
Telephone 804 725-4229
Fax 804 xxx-xxxx
E-mail mathewsvisitorcenter@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $5,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
Statements
Mission
  • To promote tourism in Mathews County, VA.
  • To provide displays and exhibits which educate and encourage stewardship of the natural resources of Mathews County and the Chesapeake Bay.
  • To serve as a tourism arm through advertising and marketing programs, storefront operations and a county-wide website. 
  • To promote economic development by acting as a resource for local businesses and residents, creating programs and activities that benefit merchants, draw tourists and enhance life for Mathews residents.
Impact
  • In the past year we have welcomed over 15,000 visitors in our center. In addition to Mathews County residents and Virginians, we have welcomed visitors from 43 U.S. states and 23 international locations.
  • We have completed renovation work on a back room and a second floor attic room to double our physical display space and provide an onsite office space for our executive director.
  • We applied for and obtained the status of “Certified” Tourist and Information Center through the Virginia Tourism Corporation. This designation provides us with many services through VTC.
  • We were asked to present a session entitled “Visitor Centers: Step in, Feel the LOVE” at the Virginia tourism VA-1 2012 tourism Summit in Richmond.
  • We have provided a market place for 85 local Mathews artists to exhibit and sell their hand made “Made in Mathews” products. 
  • We have sponsored two community-wide road cleanup events.
  • We served as co-sponsor of the annual Tour De Chesapeake Bike event which draws people from all over the East Coast.
  • We served as the single sponsor of the annual Mathews Christmas Parade.
  • In June we sponsored the “Longest Yard Sale” which ran the entire length of the county and brought vendors and buyers alike to the county.
Needs

We have recently partnered with the Mathews County Historical Society to create a museum on the second floor of our building. This will allow for the display of many historic artifacts and collections that have been given to the Historical Society but not seen by the public due to lack of museum space. In order to allow access to the second floor we plan to reinstal  a staircase which was an original part of Sibley's General store but was removed by a former owner who did not want to allow access upstairs. The new staircase will require funds above what our current budget allows. 

Background

Mathews County Visitor & Information Center (MCVIC) has been in operation since 2001. Its sole mission is to promote tourism to Mathews County. MCVIC was housed in two other very small locations prior to purchasing the current building in January 2009. Later that year, Sibley’s General Store was added to the list of National Historic districts. The site had hosted a general store operation for at least 100 years when we purchased the building.

MCVIC has an IRS 501(c)(3) designation. It is governed by a Board of 12 members, and the center is managed by an Executive Director whose salary is paid by the County.  24 wonderful volunteers spend an average of seven hours per month working in the center. 

WHERE ARE WE?

Mathews County consists of 84 square miles of land with 214 miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay. Although we are the second smallest county in Virginia geographically, we have more miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline than any other county on the Bay. The current population is right at 9,000. No roads pass through Mathews, so nobody just happens to come to Mathews. The Mathews County Visitor & Information Center (MCVIC) has worked for many years to make Mathews a tourist destination to help support the economy of the community. We are located on the main street in the heart of the Mathews Courthouse area. MCVIC just recently received the designation of “Certified” Visitor Center from the Virginia Tourism Corporation in Richmond. As a certified center we will now receive even more benefits including VDOT assistance with road signs on the interstates, plus being noted as a destination on the VATC.org. and the Virginia.org websites. We anticipate that this will help tremendously with tourism.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Mathews County
Mathews County, Virginia 23109
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Greg Brown Dusenberry
Company Affiliation Innkeeper
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Email gregdusenberry@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mesa Allsbrook community volunteer
Libby Boyer community volunteer
Gay Butler Retired
Greg Dusenberry Innkeeper
Lynda Smith Greve Mathews Land Conservancy Administrator
Frances Hudgins architect
Jody Hudson Administrative, County of Mathews
Janice Jones Local Business Owner
Ann Miller Executive Director
Rachel Mitchum Banking
Bruce Nelson web design
Gay Pfister retired legal secretary
Marianne Rizzio community volunteer
Hunt Thompson treasurer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 11
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
As executive director of MCVIC my major responsibility is to oversee the daily activity in the visitor center.  The center is staffed with very knowledgeable volunteers who welcome visitors and answer questions. Because tourism is so critical to the Mathews community the Visitor Center is the first place visitors come to. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr John A Doe
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Volunteers 28
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Certified Tourist Information CenterVirginia Tourism Corporation2012
Programs
Description
Mathews Christmas Parade
Tour de Chesapeake Bike event
Adopt a Highway program
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $5,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$104,998$141,707$126,458
Administration Expense$10,281$3,342--
Fundraising Expense$6,421$350--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.121.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%97%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$379,158$343,794$342,975
Current Assets$92,802$49,458$41,609
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$1,158$764$16,727
Total Net Assets$378,000$343,030$326,248
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities80.1464.742.49
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To complete renovation and restoration of the Mathews County Visitor & Information Center (MCVIC), formerly Sibley's General Store, a Virginia & National Historic landmark.
Goal $0.00
Amount Raised To Date $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 12/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  •  Financial Information provided by Form 990-EZ.