Arts, Culture, and Humanities

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Never Forget Your Dreams®

aka Crazy Horse; Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse, SD

Mission

The mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by continuing the progress on the world's largest sculpture by carving a memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse; by providing educational and cultural programming and serving as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER®; and by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® and, when practical, a medical training center for American Indians. Charitable gifts received are devoted to further these purposes. https://crazyhorsememorial.org/dream

Notes from the Nonprofit

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is sustained solely through admissions and charitable gifts from individuals and private corporations and foundations. Gifts may be made online at: https://donate.crazyhorsememorial.org/

Ruling Year

1949

CEOs

Jadwiga & Monique Ziolkowski

President/COO

Dr. Laurie J. Becvar

Main Address

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs

Crazy Horse, SD 57730 USA

Keywords

Native American, Black Hills, American Indian, Crazy Horse

EIN

46-0220678

 Number

7175654159

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Crazy Horse Memorial honors North America's indigenous peoples and teaches visitors and supporters about Native American culture and traditions in a world that often misunderstands or is uninformed about the gifts Native Americans offer society. A focus is fostering understanding and healing between Natives and non-Natives and for all humanity. Moreover, through the story of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and his family, the Memorial teaches the values and principles of making a promise and keeping it, setting a goal and never giving up, persevering in the midst of adversity, and devoting one's life to something much larger than oneself. The Memorial reminds the world of the importance of these values through its work on the Mountain Carving of Crazy Horse, THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®, and THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CRAZY HORSE MOUNTAIN CARVING

THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®

THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER®

THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of Volksmarch participants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

CRAZY HORSE MOUNTAIN CARVING

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Volksmarchers hike 5K to Crazy Horse's arm twice a year for non-perishable food donations and are invited to visit the Museums after. Complimentary van rides are available for the physically disabled.

Pounds of food donated to local food shelves in lieu of admission costs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

CRAZY HORSE MOUNTAIN CARVING

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Admission to the Memorial is waived during Volksmarches, Native Americans' Day, and Memorial and Labor Day weekends with a donation of 3 non-perishable foods per person to support local food shelves.

Total number of awarded residencies

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Academics,

Artists and performers

Related program

THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Native American artists, writers and musicians are provided a month-long residency to create and sell artworks and interact with visitors. Artists receive 100% of their sales in addition to a stipend.

Total number of performances

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Academics,

Artists and performers

Related program

THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Native dancers, musicians, storytellers, and more perform at CHM three times a day during the summer in addition to weekly interactive presentations by artists, historians, and other culture-bearers.

Number of children given free presents through Pine Ridge Christmas Fund

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

CHMF provides Christmas gifts for students on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Students submit lists for gifts ranging from blankets and clothing to bicycles and art kits and receive all items requested.

Total number of Native artists participating in cultural programming

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Academics,

Artists and performers

Related program

THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

In addition to artist residencies and cultural performances, CHMF provides opportunities for Native artists to create, exhibit, and sell their artworks and crafts, as well as interact with visitors.

Number of participants on guided "Face-to-Face" tours

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

CRAZY HORSE MOUNTAIN CARVING

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

CHMF provides guided tours to the top of the Mountain Carving of Crazy Horse for eligible Storytellers. Figures represent the number of participants per fiscal year.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation realizes its goals through three major projects: the Mountain Carving, THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®, and THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®. The Mountain Carving depicts Lakota leader Crazy Horse riding his steed out of the Black Hills of South Dakota (He Sapa), gesturing forward, and proclaiming, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” The Memorial is an educational and humanitarian endeavor with the goal of fostering understanding and healing between Natives and non-Natives through rich and vibrant educational and cultural programming and the art and artifacts presented in THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®. THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® has an overarching goal of improving the college persistence and graduation rates of Native Americans. The summer program provides first-year college students with 12 transferable credit hours in a culturally-relevant and supportive environment, jump-starting their college careers. The desired program outcomes for the fall semester Wizipan Sustainability and Leadership Certificate Program are to assist in closing the Native American higher education achievement gap; to create a generation of ethically responsible people who will care for the four pillars of self, community, environment, and culture; and to transform Native American communities through the study and application of leadership and sustainability principles.

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation has strategic benchmarks in each of the three major parts of the project. The Mountain Carving Crew is focused on carving Crazy Horse's Hairline, left Hand, Arm, right Shoulder, and part of the Horse's Mane and Head in the next 5-10 years. The biggest factors impacting progress include weather, safety, and funding. THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER® have goals of inventorying collections, along with finalizing the accreditation process through the American Alliance of Museums. In addition, we are in the process of organizing the museum into a comprehensive narrative with six cultural concepts/galleries featuring: Geography, Home and Community, Ecology and Food, Adornment, Leadership, and Modern and Contemporary Art. Each gallery will discuss its designated topic through the lens of these eight eco-regions: the Arctic, Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, Great Plains, Northeast (Woodlands), the Southeast, Central America, and the Hawaiian Islands. The Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery has already been created. This space was recently remodeled, and art was selected to represent the eight eco-regions. THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® furthers its goal of increasing college entry, persistence, and graduation rates with each class. For each university program, we incorporate Student Success Coaches who guide our former students through their entire college journey. Most coaches are Native American. Through the student success coaching process, our coaches both encourage students and keep track of what students are doing. Students are encouraged to reach out to their coach if they are feeling discouraged or facing difficulties. Even the most independent students have said it is valuable to know that someone is there if they ever need the support. The summer programs at The University of North America has proven to provide a very significant boost to Native American college success and completion, and we expect very similar results from the fall Wizipan Sustainability program and additional future programming.

The capabilities of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation grow annually. The number of Mountain Carving Crew members has increased over the past few years and uses traditional and state-of-the art techniques and technologies to plan and execute all work. THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® has a cadre of professional staff and is currently working to create a thorough inventory of the Museum's 11,000+ artworks and artifacts, 90% which have been donated. Once complete, this inventory will be a comprehensive and searchable database and aid in creating a more impactful and narrative-driven set of exhibits organized in eight gallery concepts. As evidenced by ten successful years of the summer program of THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, serving over 280 students from 40 Native communities and 20 states, the University is able to build on that success to offer year-round programming. Plans to expand to fall and spring semester certificate programming are currently underway. This new programming will utilize the same unconventional, effective student support model that accompanies our summer programming.

Updates on Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation's progress is reviewed annually by the Board of Directors and executive management team, and is shared three times a year through a publication aptly named the “Progress." Faithful friends and supporters throughout the world regularly read this cover-to-cover and comment on how thoroughly it documents our major accomplishments. Additional updates are sent to supporters after each gift. As digital communication strategies grow in importance, we strive to maintain a vibrant online presence through our website, social media channels, and electronic newsletter. Communicating progress to supporters is essential in creating strong relationships and building these relationships has been the Memorial's core strategy for facilitating charitable giving for 70 years.

Since completing Crazy Horse’s Face in 1998, the Mountain Carving Crew has focused on Crazy Horse’s outstretched left Arm, Hand, right Shoulder and Hairline, and portions of the Horse’s Mane and Head, all of which are projected to be finished in 5-10 years. THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER® meet their goals as a place for Native American artifacts, arts, and crafts. Future plans seek to improve and expand the space, scope, and narrative. Since 2010, THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® has provided Native American students entering their first year of college a semester of transferable credits mentorship through college and beyond. Plans are underway for year-round programming, further increasing the number of Native students who hold college degrees.

External Reviews

Accreditations

USA Today's 10 Spectacular Laser and Light Shows Around the World 2018

Awards

Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor

President's Circle for the Black Hills Chapter 2017

United Way

President's Circle for the Black Hills Chapter 2016

United Way

Kid Builder Club 2016

YMCA

Kid Builder Club 2014

YMCA

Kid Builder Club 2011

YMCA

Kid Builder Club 2008

YMCA

George S. Mickelson Great Service Award 2017

South Dakota Governor's Office

10 Spectacular Laser and Light Shows Around the World 2018

USA Today

Presiden't Circle for the Black Hills Chapter 2019

United Way

Governor's Great Service Award 2018

South Dakota Governor's Office

Governor's Great Service Award 2019

South Dakota Governor's Office

Exceptional Scholar Partner 2019

Western Dakota Tech Foundation

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Diversity and inclusion is intrinsic to the mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. We are committed "to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians." Furthermore, we constantly strive to provide "educational and cultural programming to encourage harmony and reconciliation among all people and nations." The Memorial Human Resources Manager serves as a diversity officer and a diverse work force is among the goals for the Memorial.