Maymont Foundation
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement

Maymont Foundation will preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Parke Richeson
Board Chair Mr. Clint Bowes
Board Chair Company Affiliation EY
Contact Information
Address 1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 358-7166
Fax 804 358-9994
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1959
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,561,456.00
Projected Expenses $3,542,573.00

Maymont Foundation will preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.

Recent Accomplishments:
  1. Maymont had over a half a million guests visit the estate in FY16 and is the most visited single attraction in Richmond, Virginia.
  2. During FY16 approximately 1,700 volunteers of all ages dedicated 20,305 hours of their time and talent to support the Maymont Foundation. This volunteer time is valued at $468,436. 
  3. Maymont provided over 35,000 individuals with educational content in FY16.
  4. Maymont completed the renovation of the Farm, which reopened in March of 2017.
  5. Maymont was recognized as a Center for Environmental Education Excellence by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Environmental Education.
  1. Continued sustainability for the organization's mission through effective fundraising and sound management of donors' funds and earned income. 
  2. Provide educational resources to families and students through self-guided tours, educational programs, and outreach initiatives. 


Maymont's greatest need is to sustain general operating funds, in order to provide guests meaningful connections with nature, history and animals free for everyone 365 days a year.

Did you know?

  • It costs an estimated $11,000 every day to operate Maymont, the majority of which comes from contributed revenue.
  • Maymont provides environmental and historical education for more than 10,000 Virginia school children every year.
  • The care and feed for Maymont's animals costs about $50,000 a year.


Taking care of Maymont's 100 acre estate is a big job, and we are always happy to have extra help from volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers help create the Maymont experience 365 days year.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Animal Care - Help keep Maymont's amazing animals healthy and happy. Assist the animal staff with tasks and projects.
  • Carriage Collection -Love Horses? Meet our carriage team. Work includes grooming, feeding, harnessing and assisting with carriage rides.
  • Horticulture - Like playing in the dirt? Pick up some gardening tips as you work alongside our professional horticulturists.
  • Mansion - Do you love history? Find out more about the Dooleys, their lifestyle, Victorian fashions and manners of the day and become an 1890s costumed interpreter for Maymont Mansion’s special programs throughout the year.
  • Visitor Services - Love to talk to people? Staffing the Nature Center Front Desk is a great option for you. Here you will welcome visitors to Maymont, provide them with directions, program information, answer questions, and collect visitor data.

In Kind

  • Maymont is happy to accept plants and gently used garden items for its "From One Garden to Another" sale at the annual Herbs Galore & More event each spring. Call 804-358-7166, ext. 301.

Nestled in the heart of the city of Richmond, Virginia Maymont was the estate of James H. Dooley and his wife, Sallie May Dooley. Their extensively landscaped property, along with a collection of furnishings and decorative arts, was bequeathed to the people of the City of Richmond in 1925, upon the death of Mrs. Dooley. The Dooleys left no endowment for the maintenance and development of the estate. In March 1926, Maymont was opened to the public as an admission-free city park. In 1975, the City of Richmond appointed management of the estate to the nonprofit organization, “Maymont Foundation,” whose mission today is to “preserve and celebrate Maymont as a museum and park for the pleasure and education of everyone.”


Maymont is an unusually complete example of a Gilded Age estate.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a registered Virginia Historic Landmark. Maymont is a recognized national leader in preservation and conservation activities. In 2011, Maymont received the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Heritage Preservation Joint Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections to Maymont for its work in preservation of the Mansion. Maymont was selected by the American Planning Association as one of ten Great Public Spaces in the Great Places in America program for 2011, placing it alongside notable treasures like New York City’s Central Park and Washington D.C.’s Union Station.


Maymont welcomes over a half million guests each year. The estate consists of the Gilded Age historic house museum, 100-acre grounds, iconic gardens, an arboretum featuring over 100 noteable trees, the Robins Nature & Visitor Center and animal habitats (domestic farm and Virginia wildlife). These offerings serve citizens of every income, educational level and ethnicity.

Guests explore wildlife exhibits and historic structures at their leisure. These include the Robins Nature Center, interpreting the variety of ecosystems found along the James River, Maymont’s animal habitats, and the Maymont Mansion, with outbuildings and historic formal gardens. Learning is enhanced by the presence of onsite educators and Maymont staff who work among the exhibits in the Nature Center and throughout the estate, interacting with guests. Scheduled activities such as special tours, educational programs, and animal training sessions provide unique learning opportunities and additional insights.  


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Clint Bowes
Company Affiliation EY
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Parker C. Agelasto City of Richmond
Mr. Jason S. Angus Hilb Group
Mr. Bruce Arnett Wells Fargo
Mr. Jon Baliles City of Richmond
Mr. Clinton M. Bowes Ernst & Young LLP
Mr. Duane A. Deskevich Cawthorn, Picard & Rowe, PC
Ms. Allison Domson Williams Mullen
Mr. Shane Emmett Health Warrior
Mr. Daniel Fell ndp
Ms. Krissy Gathright Apple Hospitality REIT
Mr. Scott Golden Anthem
Mr. Gary Gore ACIMA Private Wealth
Mr. Mitch Haddon ColonialWebb
Mr. Randy Holmes Glave & Holmes
Ms. Anne Innes ReMax Commonwealth
Mr. Van Knick Capital One
Mr. Steven McKay New Data Ventures
Ms. Deborah Morton City of Richmond
Mr. Vivek Murthy Richmond City Planning Commission & Luck Stone
Mr. Barry Myers Chartered Life Underwater
Mr. Eric Nedell Hunton & Williams
Mr. Michael Neese Performance Food Group
Ms. Jennie O'Holleran Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor
Mr. Baxter Phillips Jr.Community Volunteer
Ms. Faye O. Prichard Hanover County
Mr. Frank Qiu Evergreen Enterprises
Mr. Charles W. Rayfield Community Volunteer
Mr. E. Claiborne Robins Jr.Life Trustee
Mr. Brooks M. Smith Troutman Sanders
Ms. Jill Stefanovich bbgb Book
Mrs. Kumiko Suzuki Community Volunteer
The Honorable Frank J. Thornton Henrico County
Ms. Allison Vanderberg EY
Mr. Cal Whitehead Commonwealth Strategy Group
Mr. Christopher Winslow Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Mr. David A. Wise Altria Client Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 31
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 27
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 99
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Parke Richeson
Senior Staff
Mrs. Kim Arnold Director of Special Events
Mr. Henry "Buz" Bireline Director of Habitats and Nature Center
Ms. Anne Maitland Du Bois Director of Advancement & Development
Mrs. Carla Murray Director of PR & Marketing
Ms. Peggy Singlemann Director of Horticulture
Mr. Ron Thompson Director of Finance
Ms. Dale Wheary Director of Historical Collection & Programs
Full Time Staff 51
Part Time Staff 40
Volunteers 1192
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2010
Museums on the Boulevard2010
Description Maymont is a historical estate that features habitats for both plant and animal species. The intact Gilded Age estate includes the 1893 Maymont Mansion, period outbuildings, a carriage collection, outdoor sculptures, landscape features and pathways, original Italian and Japanese Gardens and Arboretum. Maymont also features newer gardens and a wetlands area used for educational programs. Maymont Mansion, estate buildings, gardens and arboretum are accessed through original entry gates that now serve as one of three public entry points for the site. Over 141,000 guests use this entrance annually. The Horticulture and Grounds departments are responsible for the upkeep of the 100-acre grounds and maintenance and improvements to the historic gardens, arboretum, landscape features and buildings. Horticulture is responsible for numerous public programs, classes and garden walks, as well as, a large portion of the volunteerism and training in this program service area.
Population Served Adults
Description The former home of a wealthy Richmond couple, James and Sallie May Dooley, is a restored 33-room Victorian Mansion boasting over 1,000 original Dooley furnishings, decorative arts and other priceless objects. Public tours and programs are offered year-round depicting the luxurious Dooley lifestyle while featuring the stories of their predominately African-American domestic workers through a nationally-acclaimed permanent exhibition on domestic service and life in America. Maymont Mansion and Museum served over 39,000 guests in FY15 through general and group tours, schools and scout programs, special events and lectures, and educational outreach to children and adult facilities.
Population Served Adults
Description The Robins Nature & Visitor Center is a 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility depicting the natural environment of the James River with 13 giant aquariums holding fish, turtles and river otters. Other animal displays include reptiles, owls, small mammals and insects of the region. Interactive exhibition galleries and discovery room allow children to have hands-on fun while learning about the natural environment. The zoological staff is responsible for over 400 animals, fish and reptilians in the nature center, children’s farm and outdoor wildlife habitats which house black bears, bison, bobcat, deer, foxes, and raptors including American Bald Eagles.
Description This farm site including a barn, display stalls, interpretive signage, pastures, a family vegetable garden, a butterfly garden and an educational classroom is home to domestic farm animals and rare breeds. Children are allowed to feed animals, and the site hosts several family events throughout the year including a Family Easter, birthday parties and group rental activities. Near the Farm is a large whimsical sculpture depicting children and a dog playing on a log as well as a grassy, well-shaded area known as Picnic Hill where families picnic on fair weather days. Open year-round to an estimated 235,000 guests who use this primary park entry point.
Population Served Adults
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,561,456.00
Projected Expenses $3,542,573.00
Endowment Value $15,198,031.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$735,906$821,488$649,206
Individual Contributions$853,579$2,002,836$1,973,790
Investment Income, Net of Losses($705,546)$1,009,649$2,403,963
Membership Dues$45,748$45,192$41,613
Special Events$459,610$424,200$427,030
Revenue In-Kind$351,358$37,417$30,499
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,906,130$3,897,104$3,444,269
Administration Expense$1,084,476$1,082,599$1,015,126
Fundraising Expense$493,048$482,468$399,969
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.721.191.65
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%71%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%11%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$34,538,556$35,992,292$34,846,913
Current Assets$8,232,690$6,663,241$8,844,140
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$877,977$800,830$700,660
Total Net Assets$33,660,579$35,191,462$34,146,253
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.388.3212.62
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To expand and improve Maymont's programs and facilities; to achieve sustainability so future generations of residents and visitors can enjoy and explore Maymont.
Goal $35,000,000.00
Dates Jan 2012 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date $22,100,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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