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GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION INC

Galveston, TX   |  www.galvestonhistory.org

Mission

HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND EDUCATION-GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION PRESERVES AND REVITALIZES THE ARCHITECTURAL AND MARITIME HERITAGE OF GALVESTON ISLAND.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dwayne Jones

Main address

2002 Strand

Galveston, TX 77550 USA

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EIN

74-1487824

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

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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?

Museums and Historic Properties

Galveston Historical Foundation serves as the steward and operator of many of Galveston’s most significant historic properties: The Michel Menard House (1838), Ashton Villa (1859), St. Joseph Catholic Church (1860), Garten Verein (1880), and Bishop’s Palace (1892).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

One of the most prominent examples of our commitment to both preservation and community outreach is ELISSA, a National Historic Landmark. ELISSA is one of the finest ship restorations in the world and is truly one of America’s treasures. GHF’s maritime component, the Texas Seaport Museum (TSM), has grown to include not only the ELISSA, but also the SEAGULL II, an excursion vessel that provides harbor tours as well as serves as a historic floating classroom.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Beyond Galveston, thousands of heritage tourists learn about and become committed to the mission of GHF through its events. The Foundation’s two largest events are Dickens on the Strand and the Galveston Historic Homes Tour. GHF also hold many small events engaging the public with historic buildings throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Galveston Historical Foundation serves a wide range of individuals that come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and locations. Many receive assistance and services through our Preservation and Conservation Services Department, which operates an architectural salvage warehouse, helps low-to-moderate income homeowners with repairs and paint through several grant programs, manages a Revolving Fund, and develops affordable housing as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). The department runs the Preservation Resource Center which provides information for homeowners about historic properties as well as rehabilitation techniques and suggestions. The Preservation Resource Center conducts demonstration classes, lectures, and neighborhood walking tours.

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 volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Events-Dickens on the Strand, Historic Homes Tour

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new website visitors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

973,328 Pageviews

Number of paid participants of guided tours

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

Museums and Historic Properties

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes Texas Seaport Museum, Bishop's Palace, Historic Harbor Tours and Great Storm.

Number of overall donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members and Donors

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.

Galveston Historical Foundation seeks to preserve and revitalize the architectural and maritime history of Galveston Island and Galveston County. GHF today embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

GHF will continue to attract and retain high quality staff, provide stewardship for buildings and vessels, care for our collections, and produce quality events and programming. GHF will be innovative in our revenue streams, consolidate financial and data systems and prepare for future capital improvements.
GHF will be creative and meet people's needs and expectations by introducing the public to local history, and ways to preserve our buildings in the coastal environment. GHF will empower others to explore their own history through research, learning, and interpretation, and realize that history brings meaning to their lives.
GHF will increase visitation at historic sites and cultural events by developing an integrated approach to visitor services. By deepening our engagement, GHF will instill a passion for Galveston as evidenced by repeat visitation, volunteerism and donor gifts. We will showcase our diverse and rich history by providing unique, authentic experiences connecting people to history and GHF.
GHF will seek to bring positive change to reinvigorate historic landmarks and the Strand Mechanic area.

Since 1871, GHF has worked to preserve history in Galveston and the region. This longevity has brought a sense of trust from the community, our members and visitors. GHF has over 30 full-time professional staff and 35 part-time employees working each day in preservation, marketing, history, museum services and more. Our board and staff are dedicated to financial responsibility as evidenced by our balanced revenue streams and clean audits.
We responsibility care for our historic sites and vessels and operate over 15 historic places in Galveston. As an organization we strive to maintain our properties and through our own work, inspire others to deepen their knowledge of history and preservation.

GHF moved rapidly through many concepts in the strategic plan and we are actively adjusting to strengthen this plan with new creative concepts. Our historic site visitation continues to grow, our Center for Coastal Heritage is growing with more attendees at conferences and the depth of all of our programming is well received. Dickens on The Strand and Historic Homes Tour are successful and with the creation of two new events, we are expanding our heritage programming events.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 07/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jim Andrews


Board co-chair

Cesar Hernandez

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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/24/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/24/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.