MCRD Museum Historical Society

aka MCRD Museum Foundation   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.mcrdmuseumfoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the MCRD Museum Foundation is to: promote the legacy of the Marine Corps through historic preservation and conservation, free education programs, and community outreach initiatives that enrich the lives of Marines, sailors, and the communities they serve.

Ruling year info

2023

Executive Director

Paul McNamara

Main address

P.O. Box 400085 Building 26

San Diego, CA 92140 USA

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EIN

33-0290006

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation  (A82)

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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?

VOICE (Veteran Outreach and Increased Community Engagement)

The VOICE program (Veteran Outreach & Increased Community Engagement) is a series of events and
programs that connect veterans with other veterans and active duty on MCRD San Diego to reconnect with their Marine Corps family and roots. VOICE is unique because of its trusted location (the place where Marines are made), its casual nature, and its focus on the legacy and history of the Marine Corps. The guiding principle for the program is Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

The MCRD Museum's Oral History Program collects, maintains, and makse accessible the histories of the Marines and Sailors who have served our country in both war and peacetime.

This program exists to add to the organizational history and knowledge of the Marine Corps in order to provide lessons learned, enrich the ethos of the Marine Corps, and connect veterans with younger generations of Americans. Oral histories are conducted both on and off-site with active duty and veteran service members. To ensure that the histories accessible, they are preserved in a digital format.

This program is unique because of its location on MCRD San Diego, allowing easy access for active duty participants and a trusted environment where veterans feel comfortable. The Oral History Program gives veterans a means to tell their stories, and the museum keeps those stories alive.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The MCRD Command Museum provides highly skilled docents to teach formal classes on Marine Corps history and traditions to MCRD’s recruits. This training is accomplished on T-56 of the recruit’s training cycle, and the instruction provided comports to the Marine Corps’ authorized training curriculum on Marine Corps history. The docent training occurs at the Command Museum, utilizing the museum’s exhibits and displays as effective training aids. Docents also provide tours and briefings to visiting military and veterans' organizations, community and civic groups, educational tour groups, and individual and VIP visitors to the museum.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

The focus of the museum’s education program is to provide opportunities to all San Diego area youth, especially students from Title I schools, to learn about American history, the Marine Corps and its role in Southern California, and character and leadership development. The education program reaches thousands of local students, educators, Marines, and Marine Recruits every year.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

This program is an interactive forum which teaches service members networking and career strategies for obtaining meaningful civilian work before they begin transitioning out of the military. The program’s flexible structure features either a key note speaker or panel style forums with representatives from reputable organizations that provide at least one of the following services: actively recruits and hires veterans, aid with veteran benefits, education (to include financial), or other forms of tangible career and transition assistance. Sessions are always veteran led and focus heavily on the importance of building networks with other veterans.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

The Command Museum and Foundation offer college students the opportunity to enhance their skills and experience through the Museum’s internship program. Both paid and unpaid internships are available. Interns for the museum will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in many museum functions including archives, collections, exhibits, education, and research. Additionally, the foundation offers students the chance to gain experience in a variety of business functions that are useful in both the non-profit and private sectors. Some of these functions include marketing, development, accounting, administration, event management, and grant research. Applicants must be enrolled full time, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate how the internship is applicable to their studies and professional goals, and commit to two, four hour days per week, at a minimum.

Population(s) Served
Students

Each year the foundation awards three Marines, Sailors, or their dependents (who are actively serving on MCRD) with a $1,000.00 scholarship through our Colonel Nate Smith Scholarship Program. The goal is to grow the Foundation Scholarship Program to support the higher education aspirations of as many Marines, Sailors, and family members as possible.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

Groups consisting of up to twelve combat veterans that come together to discuss the many aspects that surround the experience of combat. The purpose of the program is twofold: 1. To gain a better understating of how the experience of war shapes us as groups and individuals and better understand how the Command Museum can tell a more in depth and accurate story of those experiences. 2. Reconnect veterans to the Command Museum and depot, provide opportunities to share their story, connect with other veterans, and indirectly provide a support network that is conducive to healing and promotes wellness in all aspects of life.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Command Museum visits various organizations and groups to spread the word about the historic value of both the depot and the Command Museum. The presentation highlights the historical relevance and mission of the Depot, the mission of the Western Recruiting Region, and history and supporting functions carried out by the museum to preserve the legacy of the Marine Corps, provide continuing education for recruits and Marines, and serve as a bridge to the community. Examples of organizations that have participated in this program include, but are not limited to, local rotary clubs, American Legion and VFW Posts, and various other community organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Legacy Preservation Program enriches the museum visitor experience by supporting upgrades and maintenance of the MCRD Command Museum exhibits, visitor spaces, and artifact collection. With six major galleries, seven minor exhibitions, a reference center, theater, and nearly 6,000 artifacts, the Command Museum tells the story of Marine Corps history in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the impact of the Marine Corps presence in Southern California. Without the assistance of the Legacy Preservation Program, the museum would not be able to adequately clean and maintain the building, let alone the exhibits and collections. With next to no government funding, the museum relies almost entirely on this program in order to remain open.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of guided tours given

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of works in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The MCRD Museum Foundation aims to promote the history and values of the Marine Corps, provide a safe and supportive environment for active duty military, veterans, their families, and serve as a bridge to the community. In addition to honoring the legacy of Marines through exhibits, the museum aims to serve as a place where veterans can reconnect with their past and with their fellow Marines. The museum's veteran programs are unique because of their location on the depot where Marines are made, because of the history represented through artifacts and stories in the museum, and because of their focus on veteran-to-veteran connections. For active duty and families, the museum's programs aim to educate people of all ages, encourage value based learning, and recognize the importance of service. The Foundation also aims to promote the museum and the depot as an asset and hidden gem in the local community.

In order to achieve its goals, the Foundation has initiated new programs and improved existing programs to expand scope. The newest veteran's initiative, VOICE (Veteran Outreach and Increased Community Engagement) features programs such as veteran discussion groups that use museum artifacts, paintings, and similar media to inspire conversation about combat. The museum's education programs have expanded in scope by offering free busing to partnering schools to bring more students to the museum for field trips and workshops. In these and other programs, the museum strategically optimizes its strengths of location (on MCRD San Diego) and tight-knit community to ensure that programs are unique and impactful. Lastly, the Foundation is also increasing its presence at community events in order to generate greater awareness of the museum mission and its programs.

The Foundation is a growing organization with fresh ideas and the experience to turn those ideas into well executed plans. Strong leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a heart of service drive the Foundation forward daily. The Foundation's membership base has been the solid rock for ongoing programs, and new partnerships with foundations, corporations, and individual are being sought in order to propel the growth of new programs.

The museum has established a strong reputation for its outstanding exhibits that honor Marine Corps history and its innovative education programs both in and out of the classroom. Going forward, the Foundation hopes to expand its veteran outreach programs in order to connect more veterans to the museum and each other.

Financials

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MCRD Museum Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 06/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Atterbury

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

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