of St. John’s Church Foundation is to promote and preserve historic St. John’s
Church, a National Historic Landmark in recognition as the original location of
Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech at the Second
Virginia Convention of March 1775, for the education of present and future
In 2013 St. John’s Church Foundation achieved the following goals:
St. John’s Church, built in 1741
in Richmond, Virginia, has the distinction of being one of the most
historically significant buildings remaining in American today. It is
significant to all Americans as the site where leading colonial statesmen
including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and, master orator, Patrick Henry
met for the week-long Second Virginia Convention of March 1775 to debate the
future relationship of the colonies with England. During the Second Virginia
Convention 120 elected delegates argued for days about whether to pursue
independence from England or to try to find common ground for peace. During the
convention Henry proposed a bold set of resolutions calling for the arming and
training of a militia for the colony’s defense.
He masterfully defended his resolution with his fiery speech declaring:
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God – I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
As the President of St. John’s Church Foundation, I am privileged to work with a team of trustees who work to accomplish the mission of St. John's Church Foundation. We are the stewards of St. John's Church in its role as a National Historic Landmark. We provide powerful educational programs that draw audiences from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and foreign nations who seek to learn about Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech and the founding principles of the United States of America.
St.John's Church Foundation
August 2012- Present
August 2011 – August 2012 (1 year, 1 month) Richmond, VA
Manage all social media outlets for complex state-wide organization with 6 open- to-the-public historic sites and 15 local branches while incorporating organizational branding.Write relevant and timely content for multiple social media platforms, blog, website, apps, e-news and newsletter.Created employee social media policy. Manage staff and branches to ensure adherence to policy.Produced 17 videos on preservation-related topics for YouTube Channel (over 33,000 views to date):Continuously monitor organization’s online presence to ensure successful organizational reputation, programs and outreach.Manage and implement all aspects of annual state-wide historic preservation conference for over 200 attendees. Create and implement educational workshops and special events.
December 2005 – April 2006 (5 months)
Developed and executed special events, programs, lectures and tours.Managed all construction and rehabilitation projects for foundation-owned properties and secured project funding through donor cultivation and grant writing.Administered protective easement program for historic properties throughout Richmond, VA.
February 2005 – December 2005 (11 months)
Administered all foundation operations during search for new executive director while continuing Director of Development & Special Projects Manager duties listed below.
August 2004 – February 2005 (7 months)
February 2001 – August 2004 (3 years 7 months)
Managed $1.4 million (Phase I) construction project for exterior restoration of Monumental Church.Raised over $750,000 in federal, state and local grant funding and donations from private individuals for restoration of Monumental Church.Wrote and secured a $319,000 grant from the National Park Service’s SaveAmerica’s Treasures Program; successfully raised the 1:1 match requirement.
Since 2009,“Give Me History!”has served over 24,000 elementary and middle schools students and teachers in Richmond City and Henrico County public schools by providing a free educational program at historic St. John’s Church. “Give Me History!”provides Standards of Learning-based history lessons that give economically disadvantaged children in Title I schools an educational boost. Title I is a federal designation given to schools that have a high concentration of economically disadvantaged students who are at risk of failing academically.
"Give Me History!"provides an educational experience at no cost to schools, students, teachers or parents. The program includes the following:
The Board of Trustees of St. John’s Church Foundation has taken steps to strengthen its leadership and operations. The Foundation began by reaching out to community leaders who had a passion for its mission, who could strengthen its governance through various areas of expertise and leadership, and who represented a younger generation of leaders. The Foundation adopted best practices in non-profit management by hiring an executive director, instituted a development program, instituted term limits, adopted formal policies and procedures, and continued to follow a financially balanced fiscal model.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
St. John’s Church Foundation is undertaking a campaign to address critical preservation issues at historic St. John’s Church, a National Historic Landmark. Under the banner of the Legacy of Liberty Preservation Project: Phase 2, the Foundation is raising $324,000 to undertake repairs at historic St. John’s Church and its surrounding historic site.
St. John’s Church Foundation has received a $100,000 challenge grant from The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation to support Phase 2. The grant from the Cabell Foundation requires that St. John’s Church Foundation raise a $100,000 match in order to release grant funding. The Foundation is actively working to raise the $100,000 match by the June 2015 deadline.
Priorities for Phase 2 include replacing the church’s leaking roof and painting the exterior. The existing Hendricks Tile roof installed in 1964 has reached the end of its anticipated life span. The church roof has been patched as a stopgap measure while funding is being raised for the roof replacement. Phase 2 will complete the following work:
· Roof Replacement - Church and Parish Hall
· Exterior Painting - Church, Parish Hall, Keeper’s Cottage
· Shutter repair and replacement - St. John’s Church
· Interior Paint Analysis - St. John’s Church
· Sounding Board Conservation Assessment- interior St. John’s Church
· Roof Painting - Keeper’s Cottage
Prior to receiving the Cabell Foundation grant, St. John’s Church has received $110,000 in funding for Phase 2 including $30,000 from The William H., John G., and Emma Scott Foundation, $10,000 from the Windsor Foundation, $30,000 from the Beirne Carter Foundation, and $40,000 from the Roller-Bottimore Foundation. This grant funding was raised prior to the receipt of the Cabell Foundation grant is not eligible to be used toward the match.
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