Monumental Women - Moving History Forward!

aka Monumental Women   |   Brooklyn, NY   |
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EIN: 47-2024154


Planning, education and outreach; to commission & endow the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony and Sojourner Truth in NYC's Central Park and to help promote the important contributions of women in general with continuing educational and artistic programs for the benefit of society at large.

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Pam Elam

Main address

PO Box 150074 Van Brunt Station

Brooklyn, NY 11215 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Historical activities

Population served info


Women and girls

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

What we aim to solve

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The Statue Fund, more commonly known as Monumental Women, is dedicated to: Pay tribute to women's rights pioneers. We started with a statue to honor Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth & Susan B Anthony gifted to the City of New York in 2020, and plan to honor the many others who helped advance the many causes of woman's rights. On August 26, 2020 we dedicated the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument honoring some of the women whose Votes for Women Campaign (1848 - 1920) led the suffrage movement, on the mall in New York City’s Central Park - 42 million people visit each year. (Phase I - complete) We are developing an ongoing educational campaign about this movement, among others, led by important women in our nation's history. These programs include the "Put Her on a Pedestal" art and history project and the Women's Rights History Trail; the virtual version of this trail centered on those NYC-based pioneers is already online via our website. (Phase II - infancy)

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Women's Rights History Trail programs

To learn about and honor the diverse contributions of New York City women toward the advancement of women’s rights. We have developed a five-borough map of the important sites of the women and events related to these pioneers.

One can find and visit — either virtually or in-person — locations where women’s history was made! This initial map will be expanded to include more women in all the boroughs. Historians, librarians, educators and the public will help develop and enlarge the future scope of the Trail.

We plan to use this as a blueprint for similar history trails in other areas of the nation to expand our knowledge of the contributions of women to our collective history.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
American Indians
People of African descent

Educational Program to benefit secondary schools and college programs on the historical contributions of women to society.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People of African descent
American Indians

Where we work

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Statue, our first project (Phase I - completed) - the installation of the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument was dedicated and gifted to the people of New York, on site in Central Park where we celebrated the public unveiling August 26, 2020 [100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment].

With that 'first' success behind us, we are creating an ongoing educational campaign about this and other movements led by important women in our nation's history. (Phase II - infancy). Writing all women back into the historical record through an inclusive education campaign in partnerships with museums and libraries.

One of the first programs we started was an art & history project titled "Put Her On a Pedestal" for young students through the New York City Schools.

One small part of our education program included short-format documentaries to be accessible when viewing the statue via the Talking Statues App for iPhone & Android devices. This allows those looking at the statue to scan QR code to listen to transcriptions and translations of the sculptor’s video, and brief histories of the featured suffragists and our organization as narrated by Jane Alexander, Viola Davis, America Ferrara, Rita Moreno, Zoe Saldana and Meryl Streep. We will continue to promote this technology with other statues, monuments and historical sites.

Using the lessons learned in our first seven years as we worked on the Central Park Statue, we have developed a program challenging U.S. municipalities to recognize and honor the contributions of all women and people of color with tributes in their public spaces. Toward that end, we have already written and released Monumental Women's "Toolkit for Change" dedicated to communities seeking to re-imagine their public spaces
by creating tributes to the diverse women who made this nation great. (Phase III - introduction)

Continue to reach out to various individual and foundation funders as well as continue to develop commercial joint ventures with various American companies whose product(s) and/or corporate histories are positively linked to women's causes and foster the advancement of women in culture, education and commerce.

We have a very active Board of Directors whose dedication and resources have drawn on their collective experience in government, finance and insurance, media and entertainment as well as industry to bring in substantial matching gifts from New York Life, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, American Express Foundation, Morgan Stanley, The Gap and Johnnie Walker & Sons. But it is the countless smaller gifts from individuals, private foundations and philanthropists alike that have helped us.

We have:

Raised $1.6 million towards to create, erect and endow the maintenance of the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument through our own 501(c) 3 organization, completing Phase I of our project in a dedication ceremony on August 26, 2020 in NYC's Central Park. [see the dedication ceremony @

We are now raising funds for Phase II - our educational program and Phase III - our municipal challenge. Our preliminary 3-year budget for both phases is currently $500K. We do not yet have a corporate sponsor lined up.

How we listen

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    We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 34.58 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 58.3 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 0% over 8 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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This snapshot of MONUMENTAL WOMEN’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 $107,013 $633,400 -$1,264,082 -$11,813 $220,257
As % of expenses 177.3% 440.4% -83.9% -32.7% 519.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $107,013 $633,400 -$1,264,082 -$11,813 $220,257
As % of expenses 177.3% 440.4% -83.9% -32.7% 519.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $524,038 $62,112 $223,244 $118,716 $98,985
Total revenue, % change over prior year 51.8% -88.1% 259.4% -46.8% -16.6%
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 0.1% 12.5% 1.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 87.5% 98.2% 104.7% 102.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -4.7% -2.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $60,366 $143,809 $1,506,928 $36,113 $42,383
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.9% 138.2% 947.9% -97.6% 17.4%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 22.1% 3.0% 0.6% 6.7% 8.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 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% 6.6% 1.9% 0.5%
All other expenses 77.9% 97.0% 92.8% 91.3% 90.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $60,366 $143,809 $1,506,928 $36,113 $42,383
One month of savings $5,031 $11,984 $125,577 $3,009 $3,532
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $65,397 $155,793 $1,632,505 $39,122 $45,915

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 229.3 75.6 0.4 16.6 31.2
Months of cash and investments 229.3 75.6 0.4 16.6 31.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 94.7 92.6 -1.2 -55.2 15.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,153,368 $905,761 $48,757 $50,062 $110,197
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $155,000 $135,000 $25,000 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.4% 11.7% 131.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $476,418 $1,109,818 -$154,264 -$166,077 $54,180
Temporarily restricted net assets $865,572 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 $865,572 $150,475 $130,873 $225,289 $61,634
Total net assets $1,341,990 $1,260,293 -$23,391 $59,212 $115,814

Key data checks

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

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Pam Elam

The real women who helped build this city, state and nation were nowhere to be found in New York City’s Central Park – until now. In October 2014, a group of citizens and community leaders, women and men, advocated the placement of a statue of women’s rights pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth in New York City’s Central Park in a location consistent with the park's evolving history. In 2015 the New York City Parks Department approved The Statue Fund's proposal for a statue and in 2020 the statue was unveiled on the Central Park Mall. With a $500,000 Challenge Grant from New York Life, pledged in 2016, The Statue Fund (Monumental Women) completed the Phase I funding and gifted that monument to the people of the City of New York August 26, 2020 and endowed both the monument and an educational fund for it’s perpetual upkeep. We are now building on that legacy with the Women's Rights History Trail programs.

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Board chair

Pam Elam

Myriam Miedzian

Coline Jenkins

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust

Gary Ferdman

Namita Luthra

New York Hall of Science

Heather Nesle

New York Life Foundation

Brenda Berkman

David Spaulding

Phillips Gold & Co LLP

Ariel Deutsch

Eileen MacDonald

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Paula Stoeke

Regina Wilson

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Celeste Kirkland

NYC Transit

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/11/2019

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • 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.