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The Willa Cather Foundation

aka Willa Cather Foundation   |   Red Cloud, NE   |  www.WillaCather.org

Mission

To enrich lives by advancing Willa Cather's legacy locally and beyond through education, preservation, and the arts. The Willa Cather Foundation is located in Cather's childhood hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska. It serves this region, as well as readers, scholars, visitors, and students from across the nation and internationally.

Ruling year info

1961

Executive Director

Ashley M Olson

Main address

413 North Webster St.

Red Cloud, NE 68970 USA

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Formerly known as

WILLA CATHER PIONEER MEMORIAL AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

EIN

47-0485401

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the largest collection of nationally designated historic sites dedicated to an American author.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Families

Arts programming, including music, theatre, and exhibits.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Preservation of eleven historic sites related to Cather's life and writing.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Conservation and restoration of the 612-acre Willa Cather Memorial Prairie.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Offer a variety of programs that encourage Cather studies and literary, historical, and cultural inquiry among a broad and varied audience

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Nebraska Preservation Award 2017

Nebraska State Historical Society

Organizational Achievement 2018

Governor's Arts Award

Outstanding Tourism Attraction 2017

Nebraska Tourism Commission

Affiliations & memberships

National Trust For Historic Preservation 2010

Time Travelers 2009

Financials

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The Willa Cather Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mark Bostock

Centennial Lending, retired

Term: 2025 - 2024


Board co-chair

Peter Cipkowski

Ed Tech Mktg. Consultant, Scholastic, TinkRWorks, LAUSD

Term: 2024 - 2025

Ruth H. Keene

No Affiliation

Fritz Mountford

Hastings College, Emeritus

Ann Romines

The George Washington University, Emeritus

Robert Thacker

St. Lawrence University

John (Jay) A Yost

Citi Private Bank

Sarah Baker-Hansen

Director of Media and Public Relations, Emspace + Lovgren

Mark W. Bostock

Centennial Lending (Retired)

Marian Fey

Millard Public Schools

James A. Jaap

Penn State University

Diane Prenatt

Marian University

Amy L. Springer

Physician and Glass Artist

Peter Cipkowski

Marketing Consultant

Dan Deffenbaugh

Assoc. Dean of Arts & Sciences, Central Comm. College

Thomas Reese Gallagher

Communications Consultant

Charmion Gustke Hearn

Associate Professor, Belmont University

Melissa Homestead

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ana McCracken

Foundes, Ames Writers Collective

Steve Skupa

Skupa Insurance

Luis F. Sotelo

Doane University

Mary June Talen

Nonprofit Consultant

C. Kay Stahly

Dana F. Cole and Company, LLC

Glenda J. Pierce

University of Nebraska College of Law, Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/29/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Transgender Identity

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