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Nicholas Newlin Foundation

Connecting People With History, Nature, and Learning

aka Newlin Grist Mill   |   Glen Mills, PA   |  www.newlingristmill.org
This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission

The purpose of the Nicholas Newlin Foundation is to preserve its land and historic buildings for the pleasure and education of the public. In an era of urban growth, the Foundation maintains open land as a refuge for the plants, animals, and birds, and for the people who come to enjoy them. In an era of digital technology, it offers visitors insights into the vanished life of the rural eighteenth century. This two-fold objective of environmental and historical concerns is combined in a single theme wherever possible. Following the ideals of its founder, E. Mortimer Newlin, the Foundation will strive to enhance its service to the public, while securing its future by managing its finances wisely.

Ruling year info

1992

Director

Mr. Tony Shahan

Main address

219 S. Cheyney Rd

Glen Mills, PA 19342 USA

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EIN

23-1600703

NTEE code info

(Historical Societies and Related Activities) (A80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mill Tours

Guided tours of the Newlin Grist Mill are available by reservation and can accommodate up to 8 people due to the current conditions. The tour is interactive and lasts approximately one hour.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The group and school tours are customized for the needs of the group but almost always include the Grist Mill and Blacksmith Shop. Other group tour elements have included water system walks, hearth cooking (outdoors), baking, brick making, along with a variety of environmental studies such as nature walks, pond life, trees, water systems and structures, insects, and habitats.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Blacksmith shop is a regular component of group tours and is open for demonstrations on select Saturdays during the year. Blacksmiths working in the shop demonstrate the trade in a re-created 18th century building using a coal-fired forge.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Active archaeology digs give visitors a first-hand look at archaeology and its importance in studying the past. The program empowers volunteers to conduct field excavations, artifact cleaning, and basic cataloging tasks. This program has introduced over 5,000 people to archaeology over the past eight seasons, and remains one of the only publically-supported archaeology sites in the region.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

History at Work is a series of interactive public demonstrations that focus on different elements of colonial life, such as butter churning, ships biscuits, basket weaving, food preservation, and coopering. History at Work is a free drop-in activity held 10-3 on the last Saturday of the month spring through fall. Topics vary each month and the current schedule can be found on the website.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

This program explores different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill's unique historical and environmental resources through presentations and hands-on workshops. The 2019 series is focused on Mills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our summer camp program offers history and nature-based experiences in an engaging outdoor environment. Through exploration, enthusiasm, and respect, campers share unique experiences that connect and expand their interactions with each other and their community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Tales on Trails brings kids outdoors to read and takes literacy education into an interactive, exploration-based setting. The Tales on Trails program encourages both outdoor engagement and reading through a series of reading stations with enlarged versions of children’s books along the Newlin Grist Mill trail network.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A variety of nature study programs are available to students and groups, and include topics such as water quality, tree, insects, birds, frog pond studies, nature discovery walks, and habitats.

Population(s) Served

Pop-Up Naturalist is a self-guided exploration of various aspects of nature. A series of signs are located in the park between the Visitor Center and Frog Pond, and each month features fun facts and challenges related to different species and aspects of nature, such as frogs, birds, pollinators, flowers, and water. =

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Group and School Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Majority of events in 2021 were cancelled due to COVID. Fall Harvest Festival in 2022 was cancelled due to weather.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We don’t use any of these practices

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nicholas Newlin Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Mortimer Newlin Sellers


Board co-chair

Ms. Jane Alavi

Henry F. Thompson, Jr.

Faith Christian Academy

Lucy Bell Jarka Sellers

Author/Illustrator

Frances Stead Sellers

Washington Post

Mark Willcox

Country Properties

Tim Moore

Wilmington Montessori School

Kevin Magerr

US Environmental Protection Agency, Retired

F. Michael Knight

Episcopal Minister, Retired

Charles Yeske

Manager, Bucks County Parks and Recreation

Mary Alice Peeling

Law Librarian, Retired

Will Pluta

Beverlee Barnes

Delaware County Planning Dept

Mark Gennaro

Boeing, Engineer

Diana McCarthy

Lawyer, Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2024

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.