Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon VA 22121-0110
Mission Statement The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association mission statement is "to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations."
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Douglas Bradburn
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Miller Coulson
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 221210110
Telephone 703 799-8647
Fax 703 799-8645
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1856
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $45,369,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,300,000.00
Mission The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association mission statement is "to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations."



- Completed the restoration of the “New Room” of the Mansion (formerly known as the Large Dining Room)

- Opened new changing museum exhibition called “Gardens & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon”

- Launched a new online virtual tour of the estate at




- Run inaugural year of Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program for rising college juniors

- Raise funds for a new fire suppression system for the Mansion

- Complete restoration of the Nelly Custis Bedchamber in the Mansion

- Launch fundraising and complete final design plans for a new Slave Life museum exhibition to run from Fall 2016 - Fall 2018 
Please contact the Mount Vernon Development Office for information on funding needs at 1-703-799-8647 or .

- Fire Prevention & Suppression for the Mansion ($1,105,000)

- 2016-2018 Slave Life Exhibit in Museum ($645,000)

- Revolving Land Fund for Viewshed Protection ($2,000,000)

- Rare Books and Manuscripts Acquisition for the National Library ($5,000,000)

- Washington Papers Comprehensive Family Edition ($1,250,000)

- Mansion Roof Refurbishment ($300,000)

Background The Association was founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham of South Carolina to purchase and preserve Mount Vernon as a national shrine. Learning that the Washington family's offer to sell the property to the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia had been refused, Miss Cunningham founded the Association and raised $200,000 through a nationwide fundraising effort.  In 1858, the Association signed a purchase contract to acquire the Mansion, outbuildings and 200 surrounding acres from John Augustine Washington, III, a great-grandnephew of George Washington. After a transition period, the Association assumed complete control of the property in 1860.    Since then, Mount Vernon has become a dynamic center for research and interpretation on George Washington. Mount Vernon is the repository for not only innumerable personal possessions and papers of Washington, but also a reliable and valuable source of information on diverse aspects of 18th-century customs and practices. In addition, the estate is one of the best-preserved colonial era plantations remaining in the western hemisphere.  Also, in September 2013, Mount Vernon opened The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which serves as the presidential library for Washington.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
Although Mount Vernon is located in the Washington, DC metro area, George Washington's estate is held in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association for all Americans, as well as thousands of international visitors each year.  We welcome more than one million visitors annually to the estate from around the nation and across the world, and more than 80 million visitors have come through our gates since we opened to the public in 1860.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Miller Coulson
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term Oct 2016 to Oct 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Margaret Appleton Allison No Affiliation
Ms. Claudia Puig Amundsen No Affiliation
Mrs. Mary Lang Bishop No Affiliation
Mrs. Ann Haunschild Bookout No Affiliation
Mrs. Maribeth Armstrong Borthwick No Affiliation
Ms. Sarah Miller Coulson No Affiliation
Mrs. Judith Wilson Grant No Affiliation
Mrs. Lucia Bosqui Henderson No Affiliation
Mrs. Elizabeth Whitesides Holdsworth No Affiliation
Mrs. Virginia Dawson Lane No Affiliation
Mrs. Helen Herboth Laughery No Affiliation
Mrs. Barbara Bourgeois Lucas No Affiliation
Mrs. Liz Rollins Mauran No Affiliation
Mrs. Cameron Kock Mayer No Affiliation
Mrs. Catherine Hamilton Mayton No Affiliation
Mrs. Margaret Hartman Nichols No Affiliation
Mrs. Anne Neal Petri No Affiliation
Mrs. Susan Stevens Reeder No Affiliation
Mrs. Laura Peebles Rutherford No Affiliation
Mrs. Andrea Notman Sahin No Affiliation
Mrs. Ann Cady Scott No Affiliation
Mrs. Jean Armfield Sherrill No Affiliation
Mrs. Susan Marshall Townsend No Affiliation
Mrs. Catherine Marlette Waddell No Affiliation
Mrs. Gail Berry West No Affiliation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 26
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Douglas Bradburn

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association announced the selection of its current library director, Dr. Doug Bradburn, to serve as the new president and chief executive officer of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He will begin his tenure on January 1, 2018, as only the eleventh person to hold this esteemed position since 1858, when the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association purchased the estate from the Washington family.

An accomplished leader and noted American history scholar, Bradburn currently serves as Founding Director for Mount Vernon’s Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. With his appointment as president, Bradburn will expand his responsibilities to oversee the multifaceted daily operations of America’s most visited historic home and its research library. At the same time, he will partner closely with the board to shape the organization’s strategic priorities surrounding preservation, education, and visitor engagement. His selection follows an extensive national search, which began earlier this year after Mount Vernon’s tenth president, Curtis G. Viebranz, announced his plans to step down in late 2017.

Senior Staff
Ms. Rebecca Aloisi Vice President for Marketing
Mr. Joseph A. Bondi SVP for Development
Dr. Douglas Bradburn Founding Director, National Library
Mr. Matt Briney Vice President for New Media
Ms. Carol B Cadou Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation and Collections
Mr. Philip Manno Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Robert Shenk Senior Vice President for Visitor Engagement
Mr. Joe Sliger Vice President for Operations & Maintenance
Ms. Allison Wickens Vice President for Education
Mr. Roy A. Young VP for Guest Experience
Full Time Staff 333
Part Time Staff 196
Volunteers 400
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
National Humanities MedalPresident of the United States2003
Legacy Liberty AwardThe Citizenship Trust at the American Village2008
Description ESTATE AND GARDENS: We welcome more than one million visitors each year to the estate and offer them an unforgettable educational and aesthetic experience with a mansion tour, museum, orientation and education centers, and numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and interpreters. EDUCATION: Education is a primary component of all Mount Vernon programs, whether we are presenting information on George Washington's presidential and military career, his farming and entrepreneurial achievements, or the elements of his childhood that led to the development of a national hero. PRESERVATION, RESTORATION AND COLLECTIONS: Along with education, preserving Mount Vernon is the primary mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. Since taking possession of the property in 1860, the Ladies have sought to preserve and restore the historic structures and the landscape to their eighteenth-century appearance, with the Mansion the centerpiece of the Association's restoration efforts. Today, ongoing research and advances in preservation technology continue to guide our efforts to restore the house to its appearance during Washington's life.
Population Served Female Adults
Budget $22,075,313.00
Long Term Success In addition to welcoming more than one million visitors to Washington's home, we opened the new Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, providing an enormous array of offerings for adults and children that have increased dramatically the amount of time visitors spend at Mount Vernon and the amount they learn about George Washington while here.
Description Presidential library, education, leadership, and research center
Population Served None
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $45,369,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,300,000.00
Endowment Value $124,300,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 3
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$11,991,508$7,091,126$23,648,429
Investment Income, Net of Losses($4,688,469)$1,287,302$17,511,493
Membership Dues$177,012----
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$1,965,341$2,290,424$1,274,301
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$47,023,674$45,026,398$44,650,468
Administration Expense$3,497,204$3,185,151$2,764,262
Fundraising Expense$2,945,533$2,836,868$2,571,809
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.760.731.43
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%40%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$275,425,119$287,766,062$300,884,282
Current Assets$32,666,821$27,643,991$34,820,765
Long-Term Liabilities$22,253,867$22,084,603$19,774,696
Current Liabilities$4,361,893$3,813,007$5,378,222
Total Net Assets$248,809,359$261,868,452$275,731,364
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.497.256.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%8%7%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To raise funds to build, endow, and support the programs for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which will be opening on September 27, 2013.
Goal $100,000,000.00
Dates Feb 2010 to June 2013
Amount Raised To Date $106,400,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Donations form "Individuals" may contain Foundation or Corporate support.
  • Audit is reconciled to the Form 990 for FY 2012.