Green-wood Historic Fund Inc

aka GWHF   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.green-wood.com

Mission

Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to share the resources of the Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the world's great cemeteries, with the public. The Historic Fund is committed to publicizing and interpreting the cemetery's 478 acres and to educating the public to appreciate its resources and the history of the more than 560,000 individuals interred here. Dedicated to maintaining and restoring monuments and buildings at the Cemetery, an outdoor museum and revered Brooklyn institution since 1838, it also devotes its energies to the preservation of the natural habitat of one of New York City's first parks, opening the cemetery's green oasis to a varied urban population. Finally, the Historic Fund makes the cemetery's records available to the public for historical and genealogical purposes.

Ruling year info

1999

President

Mr. Richard Moylan

Main address

500 25th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11232 USA

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EIN

11-3450678

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In this one of the most complex, diverse, and dense cities in the world, we New Yorkers need ways to value our shared humanity. When we do, we are better human beings, citizens, and neighbors. As a historic burial ground, which was established in 1838, Green-Wood offers a rare opportunity for us to connect with nature, to experience natural beauty, and to contemplate what’s truly important. It is a sanctuary. The landscape covers 478 acres. It is our responsibility and honor to share it with generations of New Yorkers today and for years to come.

Our programs

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Arts & Cultural Programs

Each year, Green-Wood offers over 270 historic tours, concerts, art exhibits, and celebrations, covering its core themes of art, history, and nature, and that are open to the public. Partnerships have been forged with acclaimed arts and programming organizations from around New York City, such as the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Rooftop Films, The Moth, Creative Time, and Pioneer Works, with the goal to create and share works that respond to the unique themes that a Cemetery presents. Green-Wood's free Memorial Day concert welcomes over 4,500 attendees every year.

Population(s) Served

Green-Wood is partnering with Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science to launch a first-of-its-kind research initiative to find practical solutions so that urban landscapes can become more resilient when faced with global warming. With its collection of over 800 trees, Green-Wood has been recognized with advancement to Level III Arboretum accreditation by ArbNet. Green-Wood's expansive grounds are home to a vast variety of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. The public is welcome to take part in tours, programs , and birding explorations that feature Green-Wood's flora and fauna .

Population(s) Served

Since 2006, education tours have been offered to area schools and in 2018 over 4,000 students experienced American History through the lives of our more than 570,000 permanent residents. This thematic, standards-based educational programming reaches Pre-K through 12-grade students from New York City public and private schools.

Population(s) Served

Green-Wood's commitment to conserving its historic monuments continues, with a dedicated team of restoration specialists on staff to preserve mausoleums, headstones, and other structures. In addition, through the Bridge to Craft Careers program, presented in partnership with World Monuments Fund, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, and the International Masonry Institute, young adults are trained in the basics of stone restoration. This program, whereby students and crew have restored several monuments, also opens up the possibility of union construction work to a traditionally underserved population. Green-Wood is also one of the host sites of the Careers in Technical Education Externship program offered by the New York City Department of Education, where high school students , trained at Green-Wood, are then sent to a cemetery in need to help in restoration projects.

Population(s) Served

The Archives and Collections web portal, collections.green-wood.com, has made available portions of Green-Wood's holdings to hundreds of virtual visitors. This portal provides access to finding aids for architectural drawings, as well as over 2,500 items from Green-Wood's Fine Art and Historical Collections. College and graduate school interns and volunteers have helped organize the cemetery's Archival records. In addition, Green-Wood's fee-based research service, Greenealogy, assists genealogists and those with family buried in the cemetery in discovering what our archives, dating back to 1838, can teach about family history.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Green-Wood seeks to bring people closer to the world as it is and was, by memorializing the dead and bringing to life the art, history, and natural beauty of New York City.

As a nationally-recognized arboretum, a de facto botanic garden, an outdoor museum of art and architecture, a public pleasure ground, a producer of major arts events, an educational institution for students engaged in both formal and informal learning, Green-Wood has become a cultural destination for visitors from the neighborhood, the borough, the city and the world. Extensive public programming in arts and culture brings visitors to Green-Wood; school programs for Pre-K though High School embrace NYS curriculum standards and the themes of art, history and nature; workforce development in historic preservation offers training for young people in masonry restoration; access to and research in Green-Wood’s archives extends our understanding of 19th- and 20th-century life and death in New York City. Our Urban Grasslands Institute in partnership with Cornell University finds way to reduce our carbon footprint and fight climate change, both here and throughout New York City. And, yes, we are also an apiary producing our own brand of honey: The Sweet Hereafter.

People, landscape, art, architecture, nature, and history. Our staff includes a public programming department of three, an education director with a team of part-time educators, a historian, archivist, communications manager, development manager and a VP of development and programming. We have 478 acres of land that are protected by state law. In 2019, we completed a strategic plan with our board of trustees that confirms our commitment to serving our community and utilizing Green-Wood’s assets to their best advantage. We raise private funds and utilize available cemetery operating as well as some limited endowment funds to achieve our vision.

Green-Wood is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark and an accredited arboretum at Level III (the second highest in the world). We welcomed over 330,000 visitors in 2019 and held over 250 public programs. We have substantially expanded our capacity to serve schools and students, through a catalog of tours and course on the themes of art, history and nature. In the arts, we have launched an artist in residency program which received just over 900 applications. The successful resident artist will begin in January 2021. We have bold goals to:

1. Steward Green-Wood’s physical assets to ensure the long-term health of its monuments, landscape, flora and fauna
2. Ensure Green-Wood’s long-term financial security.
3. Leverage Green-Wood’s cultural, historical and natural assets to expand and deepen our engagement with audiences and enhance our social and environmental impact.
4. Strengthen Green-Wood’s physical and institutional infrastructure to support a thriving organization that embodies both an active cemetery and a leading cultural institution.

Financials

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Green-wood Historic Fund Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Davidson

Otis Pearsall

C. Coleman

Michael Brooks

Earl Weiner

Peter Davidson

Malcolm MacKay

Lark-Marie Antón

Bevin Cline

Kathy Kermian-Leicht

Hugh O'Kane, Jr.

Jim Rossman

Carla Shen

Sam Sifton

Allie Sweeney

Samuel White

Rudolph Wynter