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Old World Wisconsin Foundation

Funding Old World Wisconsin with Stewardship and Integrity since 1984

aka Old World Foundation   |   Elkhorn, WI   |  www.oldworldfoundation.org

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Mission

Old World Wisconsin Foundation enhances the preservation of Wisconsin history through local, independent support of museum visitation, educational outreach, and the maintenance of artifacts and buildings, particularly at Old World Wisconsin museum. Old World Wisconsin takes you back to the 1800s, when immigrants shaped their destinies on the Wisconsin frontier. Staff and volunteers engage visitors as they interpret the settlers' stories and provide opportunities for fun, memorable hands-on experiences.

Notes from the nonprofit

Old World Foundation was founded in 1984 and exists to fund projects and programs at Old World Wisconsin. We are fortunate to have a group of supporters who are passionate about preserving history. The team at Old World Foundation works hard to acknowledge the support received from our current donors while also seeking new donors who are interested in heritage breed animals, heirloom gardens, historic buildings and education through hands-on learning. We value the over 70 donors who have been supporting Old World Wisconsin through Old World Foundation for 20 years or more.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Gwen Griffin

Main address

P.O. Box 347

Elkhorn, WI 53121 USA

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EIN

39-1484170

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Children's Museums (A52)

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Old World Foundation provides monetary support for the Old World Wisconsin historic attraction. Preserving history is critical for our future. With limited funds available to Old World Wisconsin from the State of Wisconsin and through earned revenue, Old World Foundation continually seeks to increase awareness and engagement within the surrounding community. Searching for sources of funding through grants, individuals, and corporations is an on-going challenge. In addition, informing people in the surrounding area of the projects and programs at Old World Wisconsin is also an on-going challenge. Old World Foundation's mission is to enhance the preservation of Wisconsin history through local and independent support of museum visitation, educational outreach and maintenance of artifacts and buildings.

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?

Richard W.E. Perrin Fund

The R. E. Perrin Fund exists to ensure that adequate resources exsist to carry out proper historic preservation, maintenance, conservation, restoration and procedures for the historic buildings at Old World Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Neita Oviatt Friend Fund exists to ensure that adequate resources are available to continue Old World Wisconsin's mission of telling the stories of our Wisconsin ancestors, through the creation of new exhibits.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This fund exists to subsidize school field trips to Old World Wisconsin for schools with low-income students.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

This fund exists to provide care for the over 100 animals that live at Old World Wisconsin. Many of these animals are heritage breed animals that are bred and raised to ensure the future of these unique breeds. Visitors enjoy the experience that engaging with these animals brings. Learning about how animals helped the early settlers give visitors a deep appreciation for both the animals and the day to day life of our ancestors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The garden fund exists to fund the planting and care of over 24 heirloom gardens at Old World Wisconsin. These gardens are not only visually welcoming to visitors, they are educational as they provide hands-on learning about how our ancestors used the plants in everyday life. Visitors are encouraged to see, smell, touch, and taste the various flowers, herbs and vegetables growing on-site at Old World Wisconsin.

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.

Number of donors retained

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The numbers listed are donor retention percentages. We have been working to retain our current donors while also seeking out new donors. We seek to have an attitude of gratitude at all times.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Old World Foundation is aiming to preserve history in all forms at Old World Wisconsin, At this site, history is found in historic buildings, heritage breed animals, heirloom gardens, collections of artifacts, stories of our ancestors and more. Since this is a living history attraction, trained facilitators who interact with guests must also be clothed in the appropriate clothing. Guests learn about the past in an interactive environment. Therefore, reproduction items must be available for guests to use. Often school-age children visit this site on a school sponsored trip. Old World Foundation provides school field trip subsidies to help children from low-income schools visit and participate in activities related to history, social studies, art, science, technology, engineering and math. Teaching children STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles applied throughout history, helps connect the past to the present and the future.

Old World Wisconsin is a dynamic site that strives to create new, immersive experiences for guests each year. We are aiming to reach potential visitors and current visitors to deliver the message that guests can visit Old World Wisconsin every year or even several times within the year and experience something new.

As a fundraising organization, Old World Foundation's strategy for increasing awareness and raising the necessary funds is to constantly communicate with our current supporters. We send out monthly newsletters, post on Facebook weekly and update our website approximately once a month or more often as necessary. We also are actively involved in networking within the surrounding communities by staying active within several local Chambers of Congress or community groups.

In addition to increasing awareness of Old World Wisconsin to the surrounding communities, we must raise the needed funds to support projects and programs. We seek out foundations that have an interest in funding particular projects and programs and complete grant applications.

Old World Foundation also stewards gifts from individuals and corporations who support our mission. One major fundraising event is also held annually with the goal of raising the necessary funds while also engaging with new potential supporters.

Old World Foundation is capable of fulfilling its mission through on-going donor support. We host donor "thank you" events and recognize the value of our supporters.

In addition, our Executive Director researches other possible sources of funding. Several grants are applied for each year based on the specific current needs of Old World Wisconsin.

One full-time staff person and one part-time staff person plan, organize and host all the Old World Foundation events produced each year. These include one large fundraising event and smaller donor recognition events.

The Old World Foundation Board of Trustees consists of 10 individuals who are passionate about our mission of support for Old World Wisconsin. These people support our mission by sharing information with those they come in contact with in the community and by attending our events.

Since 1984, Old World Foundation has gifted $9 million to Old World Wisconsin. In the 1970's and 1980's several historic buildings were moved to Old World Wisconsin from various locations around the State of Wisconsin. More recently, Old World Foundation has funded the restoration of the Sanford house and yard, new theater chairs for Caldwell Hall, repairs to several chimneys, opening of The Garden Shop, planting of many heirloom gardens, feeding and care of the 70+ heritage breed animals on site, printing and distribution of promotional rack cards and site maps, prairie restoration, memorial benches, harness and livery carriage repair, fabric for clothing, school field trip subsidies, sponsorship of programs and many other items.

Old World Foundation is currently raising funds to repair/restore several additional buildings and chimneys. We are also in the process of raising awareness and funds for the various hands-on, family-friendly programming. For example, each year, Old World Wisconsin honors Independence Day with a 19th century celebration. In December, they showcase how the holidays were celebrated by the people who immigrated and migrated to Wisconsin. Raising additional funds for this type of programming will ensure that Old World Wisconsin can maintain and enhance the guest experience.

Enhancing the guest experience and creating new opportunities for guests remain priorities at Old World Wisconsin. Old World Foundation will continue to support Old World Wisconsin's goals in this area. It is only with continued significant attendance that Old World Wisconsin can share the stories of the resilient people who settled in the unforgiving Wisconsin wilderness. Every aspect of Old World Wisconsin -the buildings, gardens, animals, artifacts, facilitators and programs-contributes to the story of our past.

Financials

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

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Old World Wisconsin Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rosanne McGuire

Blessings in a Backback

Term: 2021 - 2024

Rosanne McGuire

Associate Director, Community Programs, Blessings in a Backpack

Kristin Koeffler

City of Milton, Municipal Judge

Ron Buchholz

Retired Director Career and Leadership Development, UW-Whitewater

Beth Heaney

Legal Administrator, Standard Process Inc.

Larry Martin

Executive Director, CEO State Bar of Wisconsin

Kathleen Hurley

Director of Meetings & Events, Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Chicago

Jennifer Imediegwu

Attorney, Partner & Shareholder, Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell, S.C.

Jennifer Johnson

Attorney, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Legal Action of WI

Jennifer Motszko

Head of Archives, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Jean Theis

Retired Publications Coordinator

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2024

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/26/2024

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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 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.