Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge - Mary Ball Washington Chapter
P.O. Box 294
Locust Hill VA 23092
Mission Statement
As a relatively new organization in our area, our mission has been to acquaint the public with the Freedoms Foundation and specifically with our local chapter, Mary Ball Washington (MBW). Our goal is to promote a greater understanding of the U.S. Constitution, our Founding Fathers and the free enterprise system by the youth, specifically high school juniors, in the counties of Middlesex, Lancaster and Northumberland. We promote education about American rights and responsibilities and challenge students to reject apathy and get involved.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No ED
Board Chair Mr. Clark Wright Waring
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 294
Locust Hill, VA 23092
Telephone 804 758-3432
Fax 804 xxx xxxx
E-mail mbwffvf.2009@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $4,219.00
Projected Expenses $2,883.00
Statements
Mission
As a relatively new organization in our area, our mission has been to acquaint the public with the Freedoms Foundation and specifically with our local chapter, Mary Ball Washington (MBW). Our goal is to promote a greater understanding of the U.S. Constitution, our Founding Fathers and the free enterprise system by the youth, specifically high school juniors, in the counties of Middlesex, Lancaster and Northumberland. We promote education about American rights and responsibilities and challenge students to reject apathy and get involved.
 
 
Impact
Accomplishments:
 
  • in the process of preliminary meetings with Menokin Foundation to explore creating a brief historical presentation, specifically of the Revolutionary period in our history, at the high school level 
  • recruited 3 new members;
  • held two fundraisers which raised $750 towards funding student scholarships to Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference at Valley Forge in March 2015.
 
Goals for the current year include getting 3 more new members; continuing presentations about our chapter to local organizations to increase exposure; and sending four students to Spirit of America in 2016.
 
 
Needs
  • A pressing need is to increase membership especially in the counties of Lancaster and Northumberland.
  • Encourage members to consider being a chaperone for Spirit of America 2016.
  • Send four students to Spirit of America 2016
  • Fund completely the annual student luncheon (300.00).
  • Establish operating fund of $150 for 2016
Background
The local chapter was formed in November 2009 by a lifelong member of Middlesex County and her husband.  They were joined by seven other local residents whose goal was to promote a greater understanding of the U.S. Constitution, the founding principles of our country and the free enterprise system. Our chapter's focus is on high school juniors who are nominated by their U.S. history teachers to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference on the Valley Forge campus held each spring.
 
 
These are academically motivated students who exhibit a genuine interest in U.S. history. The student(s) who is selected to represent his/her high school wins a $450 scholarship, paid for by the chapter, to attend this conference. Both the national Freedoms Foundation and the local chapter are nonprofit, non-partisan and non-sectarian organizations and are supported by tax-deductible contributions from individuals, service organizations and businesses.
 
 
 
Board Chair Statement Successes of our chapter include raising the necessary funds this year to send at least three high school juniors to the four-day leadership conference in Valley Forge. We have had a difficult time in finding a U.S. history teacher to accept a fully funded scholarship to attend the Summer Graduate Program 2015 despite involving principals and superintendents to encourage participation   Challenges are present because teachers appear to have commitments for family obligations as well as summer jobs, etc. To this end, we have an open invitation to U.S. history teachers to contact us if they wish to attend in the future.  We volunteer because of our deep belief in the importance of our youth understanding their civic obligation as it relates to our constitutional government. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Northumberland County
Lancaster County
Middlesex County
Middlesex, Lancaster and Northumberland Counties
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Clark Wright Waring
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Email mbwffvf.2009@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Susan Christopher Retired
Mrs. Velma Gray Retired
Mrs. Gerry Waring Retired
Mr. Clark Waring Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
The Executive Board agreed to serve another three-year term which was presented to the general membership; this slate was approved by acclamation at our April 2015 meeting. The nominating committee was unsuccessful in finding members who, at this time, wished to stand for election for this new cycle.
Executive Director
Executive Director No ED
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description
CEO/ED/Board Comments Our board saw a need to offer two levels of membership: 1.) participating and 2.) supporting. It has been far easier to attract the latter level which, in turn, has lessened the active involvement of those members in the physical sense. This impacts the available manpower at hand when we undertake a project. We are now trying to recruit a younger demographic who will choose the participating level.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $4,219.00
Projected Expenses $2,883.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,560$1,249,811$3,852
Administration Expense$65$274,060$255
Fundraising Expense$150$280,069--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.531.031.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%69%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%43%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,271$11,333,627$1,575
Current Assets$1,571$513,304$1,575
Long-Term Liabilities$0$95,772--
Current Liabilities$0$260,154--
Total Net Assets$2,271$10,977,701$1,575
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--1.97--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • The Form 990 represents all chapters of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, including the Mary Ball Washington Chapter
  • FY2015 financial analysis is for the National chapter, which includes the local chapter.
  • Financial analysis before FY2015 is representative of the local chapter, only.