National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
Wilton House Museum
215 S. Wilton Road
Richmond VA 23226
Mission Statement To actively promote our national heritage through statewide historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects especially at Wilton House Museum.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Keith D MacKay
Board Chair Ms. Molly Carey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address Wilton House Museum
215 S. Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone 804 282-5936 8
Fax 804 288-9805
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $52,400.00
Projected Expenses $52,200.00
Mission To actively promote our national heritage through statewide historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects especially at Wilton House Museum.
Broadened community outreach through free summer concerts, open houses, and an array of scholarly lectures, art and historical exhibitions, and public programming.
  1. Revisit and reinvigorate Wilton's identity through ongoing discussions and explorations of the house as an historic tool and artifact
  2. Expand philanthropic support for preservation and programming
  3. Recruit new community volunteers
  4. Foster innovative collaborations and partnerships with local and national artists, scholars, trusts, and peer cultural and historic sites
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA-VA) was founded in 1891. It includes 45 Corporate Societies organized by individual states and has more than 15,000 members. A leader in the field of historic preservation, the NSCDA's nationwide portfolio includes 41 historically significant houses and other sites, along with 13 other museum collections. Additionally, the organization helps support 30 more properties with financial and volunteer assistance. Along with its museum activities, the NSCDA sponsors scholarships and other programs to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotic activities.
Headquartered at Wilton House Museum, The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia (NSCDA-VA) was chartered in 1892. Built c. 1753 by William Randolph III, Wilton is a superb example of Georgian architecture. The historic house was purchased and moved to its present site by the Virginia Dames in 1933 to prevent its demolition. Open to the public as an historic house museum since 1952, it is also the center of the Virginia Society's many educational and public programs.
CEO Statement As Richmond’s only eighteenth-century James River plantation house open to the public, this c. 1753 architectural masterpiece requires vigilant care. The house continues to yield exciting new discoveries about its past and the lives of those who have lived here. Surviving changing tastes and fortunes, Wilton boasts a completely paneled Georgian interior, one of only two known to survive in North America. The collection assembled by the Virginia Dames housed at Wilton includes examples of Chesapeake-made fine and decorative arts.
New discoveries are shared through Wilton House Museum's thought-provoking exhibitions, scholarly lectures, and free public programming. Increased access to the museum's collection is made available to researchers through an on-line database and popular internship program for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s mission of historic preservation, patriotic service, and education is reflected in the preservation of and programming at Wilton House Museum.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
School programs for those in the Richmond community have helped bring a new audience to Wilton's grounds. Complimentary programs throughout the year - such as the Jammin’ on the James summer concert series - encourage repeat visitation. Partnerships with other K-12 schools, academic departments, and fellow art and cultural sites introduce an expanding audience to the museum annually. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Molly Carey
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term May 2015 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Ronald Eugene Bew Community Volunteer
Mrs. Eva Bryson Community Volunteer
Ms. Molly Carey Community Volunteer
Ms. Hope Foster Community Volunteer
Mrs. Deborah Fulk Community Volunteer
Ms. Evelyn Griswold Community Volunteer
Ms. Caroline Hedrick Community Volunteer
Mrs. Harry Sherman Holcomb Community Volunteer
Mrs. Harrison Hubard Jr.Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Johnson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Brantley Knowles Community Volunteer
Ms. Sue Lester Community Volunteer
Mr. Keith MacKay NSCDA-VA and Wilton House Museum
Mrs. Ronald Lee Parker Community Volunteer
Ms. Carter Paxton Community Volunteer
Mrs. Nancy Drake Bullard Reed Community Volunteer
Ms. Judy Repass Community Volunteer
Ms. Margaret Reynolds Community Volunteer
Sallie Schmidt Community Volunteer
Ms. Anne Stuart Community Volunteer
Ms. Ellen Upton Community Volunteer
Ms. Conway Van der Wolk Community Volunteer
Mrs. Reginald Fitz Wallace Community Volunteer
Mrs. Henry Conrad Warlick Community Volunteer
MS. Macon Willingham Community Volunteer
Mrs. Rupert Rieves Winfree Community Volunteer
Mrs. Wendy Evans Wurlitzer Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 25
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Keith D MacKay
2009 - 2013 Director of Historic Preservation, Ten Chimneys Foundation
2005 - 2009 Research Assistant, White House Historical Association
2003 - 2005 Assistant Director, Davenport House Museum  
Senior Staff
Ms. Elizabeth Fleming Operations Manager
Mr. Andrew Lunney Development Manager
Mr. William Strollo Director of Education
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2015
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Academic Lectures
Family Days
School and Youth Programs
Jammin' on the James 
Research and Genealogy 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $52,400.00
Projected Expenses $52,200.00
Endowment Value $3,239,765.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$369,397$166,576$261,746
Investment Income, Net of Losses($14,286)$288,905$383,790
Membership Dues--$234,641$218,300
Special Events$5,765$3,816$24,399
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$613,344$560,859$569,666
Administration Expense$39,932$36,636$38,659
Fundraising Expense$46,863$28,095$46,576
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.701.251.45
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%90%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%16%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,778,898$5,017,732$4,939,785
Current Assets$443,772$485,984$3,686,170
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$114,424$145,064$223,141
Total Net Assets$4,664,474$4,872,668$4,716,644
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.883.3516.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 10/2016View
Organization Comments
During the past decade, The National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the Commonwealth of Virginia has used Wilton House Museum to greatly expand its outreach efforts, increase community participation, and appeal to a much wider and diverse audience.  This has, in part, been reflected in Wilton's annual visitation, which has more tripled over the past four years. Wilton House Museum has accomplished this while demonstrating its ability to anticipate a changing financial climate and to make adjustments in operating costs when needed.  During the recent recession, it suffered only one operating deficit, during FY 2008-2009, because of losses in unrealized investment income and the sale of stock.  In every other year during the past five years we have run surpluses in the operating budget.