Friends of Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park

Working in partnership with the National Park Service

Johnson City, TX   |  https://www.friendsoflbjnationalpark.org

Mission

The mission of the Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is to join as partners with the National Park Service to enhance and historically preserve the Park. We help to attract and welcome visitors and create a dynamic facility that is a national and community asset shared by all.

Notes from the nonprofit

Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has served the National Park Service and visitors from all backgrounds and walks of life since 2007. By raising funding for historic preservation (including landscape restoration) and educational programming, we continue to honor the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson and to provide a valuable educational experience and natural environment for visitors year-round. Our Friends organization also strives to build knowledge of and awareness about the Johnson Family, and the environment in which the historic ranch and park are situated. We welcome your input at any time and urge you to reach out via our email: [email protected]

Ruling year info

2007

Chair, Board of Trustees

Ms. Toni Reyes

Main address

P.O. Box 1831 100 Lady Bird Lane

Johnson City, TX 78636 USA

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EIN

32-0202408

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, we face a significant challenge with COVID-19 restrictions. Prior to 202, Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park relied heavily on in-person special events. We are researching new ways of communicating, keeping our constituents engaged, and fundraising remotely and virtually. We anticipate 2021 to mark a big change in our online activities.

Our programs

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

Historic Preservation and Conservation

Since its founding in 2007, the Friends has supported the following projects and many others. In brief, we communicate regularly with the National Park Service staff working at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Together, we determine top priority projects and the financial requirements for implementing them. Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park then fundraises to support formally authorized projects and programs, which are then reviewed regularly by the National Park Service for their effectiveness.

-Preservation of President Johnson’s beloved Herefords. Descendants of the original Herefords can be seen at the Show Barn at the LBJ Ranch.

-Restoration of the porch at the Johnson ancestral cabin in Johnson City. The Friends funded historic techniques to restore the porch, which dates back to an era when Blanco County was part of the Texas frontier.

-New foundation for the Secret Service Command Post at the LBJ Ranch.

-"Dark Sky"-friendly lighting for the Visitors’ Parking Lot in Johnson City.

-Texas White House film shown at the Hangar Visitors’ Center at the LBJ Ranch.

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Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park aim to assist in the funding of historical and environmental preservation/restoration projects undertaken by the National Park Service. We also hold special fundraising events at the Park in order to collect donations for key projects and to raise awareness about the Park's value and importance within the local area.

We have a wide variety of goals in the projects we support. Many are part of our aim to preserve the cultural heritage of the Hill Country and educate the public about President Johnson's legacy and the history of the 1960s. Many of our projects serve environmental goals, such as pursuing grants to install dark-sky friendly and energy-efficient outdoor lighting and organizing volunteer efforts the clear invasive plants.

In the coming months, we are going to make the step of hiring a full-time employee to help expand our development activities into the arena of grant research and writing with a focus on individuals, families, foundations and corporations in the months and years ahead. We are also going to make a return to our in-person fundraisers in the spring of 2022 and continue to enhance our online giving and social media presence in the mean time.

We will rely on our sole staff member and Development Coordinator principally, and they will in turn coordinate with National Park Service staff at the Park, as well as our annual VISTA Steward intern. As always, the Board of Trustees are hands-on and will provide continued leadership and guidance as we move forward.

Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - over the course of more than a decade - has supported these projects and many others:

-The preservation of President Johnson’s beloved Herefords. Descendants of the original Herefords can be seen at the Show Barn at the LBJ Ranch.

-The restoration of the porch at the Johnson ancestral cabin in Johnson City. The Friends funded historic techniques to restore the porch, which dates back to an era when Blanco County was part of the Texas frontier.

-A new foundation for the Secret Service Command Post at the LBJ Ranch.

-Dark-Sky-friendly lighting for the Visitors’ Parking Lot in Johnson City.

-Funding for the Texas White House film shown at the Hangar Visitors’ Center at the LBJ Ranch.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2021
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Board chair

Ms. Toni Reyes

Tessa Schmidtzinsky

PEC

Daniel Oppenheimer

Hill Country Alliance

Carolyn Vogel

Ranch Connection

Anne Hebert

Anne Hebert Marketing

Terry Casparis

Blanco County DNC

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.