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Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Learn the Past, Be the Present, Create the Future®

aka Underground Railroad Education Center   |   Albany, NY   |  undergroundrailroadhistory.org
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Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

EIN: 56-2389806


Mission

Underground Railroad Education Center researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence is a National Register Historic Site, one of 26 sites on the NYS Underground Railroad Freedom Trail, a National Park Service Network to Freedom Site, an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Partner Site, a NYS Path Through History Site, and a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Corridor Site. The Myers Residence has been awarded the 2015 Preservation Initiative Award - Stewardship and Exterior Restoration, and the 2016 New York State Historic Preservation Award - Project Achievement.

Underground Railroad History Project is a small shop with a huge impact! We strive to create empowering opportunities for people to Learn the Past, Be the Present, Create the Future ®

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Stewart

Co-founder

Mr. Paul Michael Stewart

Main address

194 Livingston Avenue

Albany, NY 12210 USA

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EIN

56-2389806

Subject area info

Cultural awareness

History museums

Commemorations

Historic preservation

Population served info

Adolescents

Adults

Young adults

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

Commemorative Events (A84)

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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?

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

* Conduct an annual public history conference attracting about 300 persons with nationally known speakers, historians, preservationists, teachers, young people, elderly, artists, musicians, vendors and community members
* Conduct walking and other tours in Albany, Troy and Schenectady on the Underground Railroad
* Publish a three-times-a-year newsletter on Underground Railroad topics
* Provide presentations and workshops in the community at libraries, and for community groups, and schools
* Restoring of Stephen and Harriet Myers National Register Historic Site - a documented UGRR site
* Conduct Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars' Institute annually
* Host July 4th Oration annually

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year Underground Railroad History Project offers a diverse, multi-age focused conference exploring the story of the Underground Railroad, its legacy and its relevance for us today. The conference is interactive with offerings of lectures, dance, drumming, exhibits, hands on activities, gathering together scholars, preservationists, educators, teens, artists and the general public.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The Young Abolitionists Teen Scholars' Institute is an inter-disciplinary, service learning experience designed for urban, suburban, and rural teens aged 14-18 years that is intended to enrich classroom learning and develop leadership, literacy and work readiness skills. Using the venue of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a documented Underground Railroad site located in historic Arbor Hill in the city of Albany, the participating teens learn about local Underground Railroad history and its relationship with them today as they work in small, self-selected focus groups preserving that history in various formats, investigating its relevancy for today, and making it available for the education and edification of the general public. The design of the project offers an enriching, intellectually stimulating program that encourages civic responsibility, positive behavior choices, and racial reconciliation while building literacy, work readiness, collaboration and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Reclaiming the grandeur of an 1847 Greek Revival, three story, ten room residence that was the home of African American abolitionists Stephen and Harriet Myers, central figures in the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region of New York State. Stephen Myers was born enslaved in New York State and upon his manumission in 1818 rose quickly to a central activist position among Underground Railroad activists in the Capital Region of New York State. The restoration has contributed to community revitalization, creation of jobs, and paradigm changing educational programs that engage local, state, national, and international visitors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

The Sense of Place 2005

Historic Albany Foundation

Distinguished Service Award 2015

New York African Students Association

Special Congressional Recognition 2019

Congressman Paul Tonko

Partners In Education 2017

Capital District Council for the Social Studies

Preservation Award 2008

Underground Railroad Free Press

Community Service Award 2010

Grace and Holy Innocents Church

Community Service Award 2019

African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region

Affiliations & memberships

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 2017

National Park Service Network to Freedom 2005

Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State 2015

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Partner Site 2013

New York State Path Through History 2008

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site 2008

New York State Underground Railroad Freedom Trail 2009

National Register of Historic Places 2004

New York State Register of Historic Places 2004

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 paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Older adults, Seniors, Multiracial people

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Field trip participants include students grades 4 and up youth and young adults from residential facilities, senior citizen groups, adult continuing education participants, business employee groups,

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults, People of African descent

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of African descent, Multiracial people, People of European descent

Related Program

Underground Railroad Public History Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarships offered for the asking to those who cannot manage participation fees.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of European descent, Adolescents

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect individuals participating in on-site presentations, virtual presentations, hybrid presentations, programs, tour experiences, field trips, newsletter publication, social media.

Number of paid participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of African descent, People of European descent

Related Program

Underground Railroad Public History Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual public history conference focusing in on the voices of marginalized and those written out of history and the relationship of this history to us today.

Number of free participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People who use library passes available through an agreement between URHPCR and local libraries.

Number of paid participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Children, People of African descent, People of European descent

Related Program

Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tour experience admission is on a sliding scale based upon age.

Total number of guided tours given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families

Related Program

Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2022 number reflects tour experiences of The Myers Residence and downtown Albany. Numbers have decreased as visitors have been clustered into larger groups, but visitor numbers have increased.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Seniors, Adolescents

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants are for programs, restoration and capital projects.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of African descent, People of European descent

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Support for operations, restoration, construction, education, special projects.

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Multiracial people, People of African descent

Related Program

Restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Educational information, book references, event calendar listing, donations, public hours, communication options, inquiries, requests for presentations.

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Seniors, Adolescents

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect financial donors, from as little as $10/mo to $50,000. Many others donate their time, talent and expertise and historical items to further the mission.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Activists, Artists and performers, Adults

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers reflect grants awarded for programs as well as for capital projects that are related to programming.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults

Related Program

Underground Railroad History Project Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers support special projects, event planning, programming, grounds work tasks, communication tasks.

Number of press articles published

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Promotion of programs, coverage of Interpretive Center building planning, and press conference for award received by URHPCR from NYS Legislature.

Hours of expertise provided

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tour experiences, public presentations, newsletter publication, social media posting

Number of paid registrants to classes

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tour experiences, public presentations, teens, young adults, adults, seniors

Number of students enrolled

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute year-round

Number of new donors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individual, corporate, foundation donors

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Presently one of the chief goals is the completion of the restoration of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence. Exterior restoration has been completed, except for the front and rear entries and the addition of a lift. URHPCR is also looking to create an interpretive center in a nearby building. Two people are on staff right now but URHPCR needs to increase and sustain up to fiver staff positions. Additionally, URHPCR is aiming to increase and diversify its funding streams so as to expand operations and sustain the work of the organization.

URHPCR is implementing a fund development plan that increases major donations, capital funds, and endowment funds. Expanding grant support and memberships are additional strategies intended to help URHPCR achieve its goals.

UHRPCR has a knowledgeable, experienced staff and board and community volunteers who collaborate constructively to implement strategies to achieve URHPCR's goals.

Staff has expanded. Board members are planning two major fund raisers. A major gifts campaign is being undertaken. Friend raising programs that generate funds are being implemented. Open hours at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence have increased, which has increased visitation. Improved marketing strategies are being implemented.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, 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

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.41

Average of 2.34 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11

Average of 7.8 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 15% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$3,030 $110,854 $116,460 $142,684 $106,982
As % of expenses -3.4% 108.4% 112.2% 110.9% 60.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$3,030 $110,854 $116,460 $142,684 $106,982
As % of expenses -3.4% 108.4% 112.2% 110.9% 60.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $89,487 $208,411 $212,163 $267,343 $293,673
Total revenue, % change over prior year -32.4% 132.9% 1.8% 26.0% 9.8%
Program services revenue 27.9% 7.4% 1.0% 2.8% 6.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 1.4% 3.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.0% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 9.2% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 73.8% 91.1% 85.8% 96.7% 93.4%
Other revenue -2.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $90,259 $102,288 $103,835 $128,679 $176,458
Total expenses, % change over prior year -34.2% 13.3% 1.5% 23.9% 37.1%
Personnel 28.2% 14.2% 46.3% 35.7% 41.9%
Professional fees 16.4% 22.3% 18.1% 15.8% 16.9%
Occupancy 9.1% 11.7% 7.7% 11.1% 12.2%
Interest 5.8% 4.4% 3.0% 12.7% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 40.6% 47.5% 24.9% 24.7% 28.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $90,259 $102,288 $103,835 $128,679 $176,458
One month of savings $7,522 $8,524 $8,653 $10,723 $14,705
Debt principal payment $0 $4,966 $65,133 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $12,050 $115,000 $0 $1 $221,502
Total full costs (estimated) $109,831 $230,778 $177,621 $139,403 $412,665

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.5 5.5 11.0 12.4 11.0
Months of cash and investments 13.7 11.5 17.9 19.3 15.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 13.7 11.0 20.2 23.2 19.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $56,714 $47,028 $95,450 $133,313 $161,705
Investments $46,181 $50,789 $59,453 $73,876 $64,841
Receivables $195,000 $200,958 $209,870 $53,748 $68,839
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $570,988 $685,988 $656,571 $656,572 $876,722
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 38.4% 34.4% 25.3% 1.3% 13.7%
Unrestricted net assets $534,310 $645,164 $761,624 $904,308 $1,011,290
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $534,310 $645,164 $761,624 $904,308 $1,011,290

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Stewart

Mary Liz Stewart is an independent scholar and co-founder of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., a public history organization dedicated to the research, preservation and celebration of Underground Railroad history and its relevance for us today, with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers. She has been appointed Scholar-in-Residence at Russell Sage College in Troy. She has received many awards for the design of interpretive programming and for the restoration of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a documented, award winning Underground Railroad site located in Albany, NY. She is a Commissioner on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.

Co-founder

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart is an independent scholar and co-founder of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., a public history organization dedicated to the research, preservation and celebration of Underground Railroad history and its relevance for us today, with an emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers. He has been appointed Scholar-in-Residence at Russell Sage College in Troy. He has received many awards for the design of interpretive programming and for the restoration of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a documented, award winning Underground Railroad site located in Albany, NY.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr. Ron Gardner

City of Schenectady - Diversity Officer

Term: 2022 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mr. David Hochfelder

State University of New York at Albany

Term: 2022 - 2022

Matt Kirk

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Brittany Beyus

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Yolanda Caldwell

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Sam Fein

County Legislator

David Hochfelder

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Steven P. O'Connor

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Darius Shahinfar

City of Albany

Brenda Twiggs

Retired Executive Librarian

Paul Stewart

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Ron Gardner

City of Schenectady

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Yvonne Abunaw

Community Activist

Sara E. Anderson

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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 ? No
  • 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 8/9/2022

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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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/09/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.