CLIO FOUNDATION

Discover History and Culture

Leawood, KS   |  www.theclio.com

Mission

The Clio Foundation seeks to connect curiosity with expertise. Our website and mobile application (available at www.theclio.com) helps educators, local historians, libraries, and historical societies reach the public "where they stand." Clio picks up a user's location and connects them to information about nearby historical and cultural sites. By using this platform, community institutions and individuals can create individual entries and complete walking tours that make history come alive.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our goal is to serve the public by connecting everyone with the history and culture that surrounds us.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Dr. David Trowbridge

Main address

2401 W 121st St

Leawood, KS 66209 USA

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EIN

47-2488778

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

History Museums (A54)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clio is an educational website and mobile application that connects the public to nearby history and culture. Our goals include information literacy and supporting education in the arts and humanities through an innovative website and mobile application designed to help organizations connect residents and visitors to reliable information about historical markers, monuments, museums, galleries, libraries, archives, historic structures, public art, and other historical and cultural landmarks. Organizations can use Clio to create and share individual entries and complete walking tours. Clio also offers pedagogical tools and resources that help faculty teach essential skills as they work with students to create and edit entries based on primary and secondary sources. The platform is free and designed to empower universities, historical societies, museums, and other organizations to create individual entries and complete walking tours and heritage trails.

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?

Clio website and mobile application

Clio www.theclio.com is both a website and mobile application that combines GPS with information about historical and cultural sites. Reflecting its roots in the spirit of sharing, Clio is free for everyone. Individuals and institutions can create entries that are vetted by a growing community of contributors and editors.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clio website and mobile application

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average monthly number of Clio users

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clio website and mobile application

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of universities, museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations who use Clio to connect the public with local history.

Total number of works in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clio website and mobile application

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of entries for individual historical and cultural sites

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clio website and mobile application

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This total includes only the organizations who have created over 20 individual entries and/or a complete walking tour or have partnered with Clio in a grant application

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.

We hope to connect the public to reliable information about historical and cultural sites throughout the United States complete with text, images, audio, sources, and links to related primary and secondary sources. Clio was built with the goal of increasing and rewarding curiosity by connecting people with information about the historical and cultural sites near them. By including links to sources, we also hope to increase the awareness of the work of scholars and the work being done by organizations that study, preserve, and share our history and culture.

Clio is free for everyone and designed as a resource for educators while also serving as an “app" that connects the public to nearby history and culture through individual entries and complete walking tours. Our ambitious goal is for each entry to offer a concise introduction (one paragraph is usually sufficient) followed by 3-6 paragraphs of additional information followed by links to related articles, websites, books, as well as videos and oral histories. Entries can also include audio narration, links to media, and links to sources.

Clio is operated by a board of historians and community leaders and has received financial support from individual donors and charitable foundations throughout the United States. In the past two years, Clio has expanded from a regional project to one of national significance with over four hundred universities, libraries, and historical societies creating and improving entries. By securing funds to hire part-time editors to review each entry, we hope to expand upon our existing community of volunteers and contributors.

While Clio has grown substantially, we are still working on raising funds that would allow us to hire editors to review and improve entries from our network of volunteer contributors. We also hope to improve our website and mobile application to include a variety of features that will make it feel as though the user is being guided on a personal journey into the past with the resources of scholars, libraries, and features of a museum at their fingertips.

Financials

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

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CLIO FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr David Trowbridge

Marshall University

Joan Browning

David Pittenger

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/09/2021

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Leadership

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