aka NVWM   |   Weatherford, TX   |
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EIN: 75-2818568


To promote an understanding of the Vietnam Era while honoring those who served.

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Mr Ean Michael Tillett

Main address

PO Box 1779

Weatherford, TX 76086 USA

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History museums

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Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Our programs

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National Vietnam War Museum

To promote an understanding of the Vietnam Era while honoring those who served

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

A ceremony every year honoring those that served throughout this area with an included updating of our memorial wall. Our 1/2 scale wall is considered the most up to date replica memorial.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Guided tour of the museum's exhibits typically with a paired Vietnam Veteran. These tours are aimed to bridge the gap of knowledge about this era with youth groups as well as provide a space for other Vietnam Veterans to come and talk about their experience with others that served to help heal.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new website visitors

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National Vietnam War Museum

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Tracking number of people accessing our home page. This is a new metric beginning in 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We intend to build a world class museum dedicated to providing the facts of the Vietnam War and the Vietnam Era. We have already begun the telling part and are in the early stages of the capital campaign to build the world class facility

Our first step was to create the web site that attracts questions. We are continuously answering questions about the Vietnam War and Era from scholars, and the general public. This forces us to begin the research to answer the questions that are on the public mind.

Our next step was to begin exhibits in our temporary facility using our 300 sq ft gallery. We typically entertain approximately 15,000 visitors each year from 40 states in the U.S. and 7 other countries.

We our now beginning our third step to build a world class facility. Phase 1 is a story building with 18,000 sq ft. The building can expand in phases to 80,000 sq ft as needed

Final step is to acquire full time staff with credentials to continue the work begun by our volunteers

We are an all volunteer force, so our cost is minimized for all of our work. Last year we had 40 volunteers who provided a total of more than 5,000 hours. We have educators, historians, many Vietnam veterans, and family members of Vietnam veterans who are dedicated to building the museum and researching the facts we need. That provides us with a workforce producing almost 3 man years of normal work hours.

We own 12 acres, a half size Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that is kept current with the main wall in Washington DC.. many large artifacts and memorials on hand already to honor our veterans and educate the public

We have built a half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall surrounded by a forest of Arizona Cypress. We have acquired the Camp Holloway Wall that is a replica of the one built in Pleiku Vietnam during the war and destroyed by the North Vietnamese Army. We have a Visitor Center staffed by volunteers 7 days a week. We have a great many artifacts large and small. We have produced two successful external art exhibits on art of the Vietnam War. We have also produced two internal art exhibits based on works of a Combat Artist and a Combat Photographer (Vietnam Veterans). We have produced three internal historical exhibits in our current gallery: The Kent State Shooting, Southern Airways, and POW Camps of the Vietnam War. We have other exhibits in progress: Canadians in the Vietnam War, The Korean Army in the Vietnam War, POWs of the Vietnam War. Those works will be completed in the next year or two. A planned exhibit not yet started is "Jane Fonda" What we have not yet accomplished is raising the $1 million to build phase one of our permanent structure. We began the capital campaign in the spring of 2015 and have $300,000 in the bank or pledged in the spring of 2016.

How we listen

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

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  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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

  • 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 4.41 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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

This snapshot of NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR MUSEUM INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $584,934 $1,149,707 -$137,473 $468,880 $528,499
As % of expenses 114.2% 96.9% -8.6% 25.1% 33.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $548,577 $1,098,311 -$228,385 $352,392 $440,058
As % of expenses 100.0% 88.7% -13.5% 17.8% 26.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $527,450 $1,504,053 $2,097,067 $2,335,743 $2,113,722
Total revenue, % change over prior year -124.1% 185.2% 39.4% 11.4% -9.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.7% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 23.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 68.8% 93.7% 99.5% 99.5% 99.8%
Other revenue 6.1% 6.1% 0.4% 0.4% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $512,353 $1,186,968 $1,604,118 $1,868,275 $1,577,224
Total expenses, % change over prior year 314.1% 131.7% 35.1% 16.5% -15.6%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9%
Professional fees 45.4% 94.1% 96.4% 96.8% 94.5%
Occupancy 1.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 53.0% 5.9% 3.6% 3.2% 4.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $548,710 $1,238,364 $1,695,030 $1,984,763 $1,665,665
One month of savings $42,696 $98,914 $133,677 $155,690 $131,435
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $716,401 $1,080,197 $556,224 $211,369 $148,762
Total full costs (estimated) $1,307,807 $2,417,475 $2,384,931 $2,351,822 $1,945,862

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.6 5.2 3.2 3.2 6.4
Months of cash and investments 7.6 5.2 3.2 3.2 6.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 34.1 15.4 5.1 6.0 10.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $325,238 $513,348 $431,596 $504,936 $836,488
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $2,500 $2,500 $2,679 $4,121 $2,351
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,396,257 $2,476,452 $2,349,924 $2,561,294 $2,710,056
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 33.7% 21.1% 26.5% 28.8% 30.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.4% 3.6% 10.1% 5.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,381,049 $3,479,360 $2,408,447 $2,760,839 $3,200,897
Temporarily restricted net assets $86,224 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 $86,224 $86,224 $86,224 $86,224 $86,224
Total net assets $2,467,273 $3,565,584 $2,494,671 $2,847,063 $3,287,121

Key data checks

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


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

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Mr Ean Michael Tillett

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/08/2023
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Board chair

Mr John Hyatt


Term: 2023 - 2025

Hayward Bellah

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Jim Messinger

Wayne Sanderson

Edd Luttenberger

Rowena Ash

Gerald Brazell

Richard Gaurkee

John Hyatt

Angelo Spelios

Bill Kane

Choi Nguyen

Charles Bogle

Mike Meyer

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2023

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