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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist, and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.

Mission Statement

To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist, and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016
Projected Income $288,000.00
Projected Expense $288,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Guided Tours
  • Intern Program
  • Lecture Series

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

To preserve and interpret the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist, and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.

Background Statement

The Nichols House Museum occupies an impressive four-story townhouse, one of the earliest Beacon Hill structures, constructed in 1804. In 1885, Dr. Arthur Nichols purchased the house for his wife and daughters. Their eldest daughter Rose Standish Nichols, noted landscape architect, writer, and suffragist, inherited the house. Miss Nichols owned and cared for the house from 1935 until her death in 1960. Since 1961, the Nichols House Museum has been open to the public as an historic house museum reflecting the domestic life of a typical family of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century.
 
The house is furnished with priceless possessions accumulated over several generations. The collection includes fine European and American wooden furniture from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, ancestral portraits, Flemish tapestries, oriental rugs, European and Asian art, and works by America's foremost sculptor of the nineteenth century, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
 
Open year-round, the Nichols House Museum welcomes a growing number of international and domestic guests. It provides an active schedule of lectures, programs, and special events for its membership and the community. The Nichols House welcomes a variety of educational groups for tours and programs. These have included after-school Girl Scout troops working on badges, students from nearby colleges and universities, design students, and adult learners who visit the museum under the aegis of the Road Scholar program.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
1) Received a Massachusetts Historical Commission grant to use toward completing an Historic Structure Report
 
2) Submitted five Core Documents to the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) as first step in Accreditation process
 
3)  Received Institute of Museum and Library Services (a federal agency) for the conservation treatment of the museum's collection of prints.
 
Goals:
1) Complete preservation of historic windows and sills funded by the George B. Henderson Foundation for the City of Boston
 
2) Complete conservation treatment of entire collection of works on paper funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
 
3) Complete Furnishing Plan for institution
 
4) Develop and implement specialized thematic tours: 1) Servant Life in the Nichols household; 2) Everyday Life at the Nichols House: A Tour for Families; 3) Walking Tour of Beacon Hill: A Neighborhood of Personalities
 
5) Design and develop rear garden based on archival references to plant materials, design, and usage in Nichols family letters 
 
6) Complete long-term Conservation Plan for the institution. (Contingent on funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities) 
 
7) Initiate graduate-level research internship funded by donor-directed gift.  Internship endowed by Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders.
 
 

Needs Statement

Needs:
1) Match to the George B. Henderson Foundation grant for the extensive preservation work on all windows in building- $65,000
 
2) Restructuring front portico because of leaks- $75,000
 
3) Development of comprehensive Conservation Plan- $6,000
 
4) Enhancing staff development to reflect changing best practices in the museum field- $5,000 per year
 
5) Maintaining an engaged donor base through: continuing and improving the professional standards of the museum; by offering compelling programming; and by active board involvement in membership cultivation and gift solicitation - $13,500 per year

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
STATEWIDE
NATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Back Bay
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - History Museums
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Guided Tours

For three days in the winter and five days in the summer, the Nichols House is open for public tours every half hour. People from all over the world, and our own backyard, come to the Nichols House to see and hear about the Nichols family and life on Beacon Hill.
Budget  $22,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success  We hope after the tour, our visitors will have learned about the lifestyle of Bostonians and the social history of the city in the late 1800s, and will continue to be involved with the Nichols House and/or history museums near their homes. A good indicator of success is the visitor's curiosity about information given on tours and their ongoing engagement with the Nichols House Museum.
Program Long-Term Success  Visitors who come to the museum will have a greater understanding of American social history and the role of Boston women in the social and political activism of the Progressive Era. 
Program Success Monitored By  We send an email survey out to visitors each month asking them about their experience at the Nichols House.
Examples of Program Success  After the tour, many visitors ask questions, and some become members. A visitor came on the tour in the late afternoon one day and came back the next day with her husband because she enjoyed it so much!

Intern Program

We have an established intern program offering opportunities for aspiring young museum professionals to learn management, collection care, and exhibit development.
Budget  $3,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The intern and the museum will have a mutually beneficial experience- interns will gain real-world experience while the museum will benefit from their research and the completion of targeted projects. The Nichols House also gains current, fresh perspectives on museum practices from the interns studying at area museum studies or art history/history programs.
Program Long-Term Success  Interns will learn about the museum field and be in an advantageous position to gain full-time museum or non-profit employment once completed.
Program Success Monitored By  The interns undergo an halfway point evaluation with their supervisor. We evaluate their work at the end of the program and report our interaction to their academic supervisors.
Examples of Program Success  Recently, one of our former interns returned to the museum as an accomplished scholar speaking in our lecture series! Additionally, 60-70% of our interns go on to gain positions in cultural institutions.

Lecture Series

The Nichols House Museum offers a public lecture series featuring four lectures throughout the year. The lecture series is inspired by the interests of Rose Standish Nichols: the Suffragist Movement, garden design, writing and publication, and international human rights.
Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served General/Unspecified Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  At the end of a lecture, attendees will have been exposed to a new perspective on an important topic. They will also have a fuller picture of the Nichols House's commitment to community education and outreach.
Program Long-Term Success  The local community will have access to recent and relevant scholarly work. Our audience will learn from the writings of contemporary authors, the work of scholars and activists, and the research of curators of American fine and decorative arts.
Program Success Monitored By  We send lecture attendees an email survey at the end of each lecture.
Examples of Program Success  We have had over thirty people attend each of our last four lectures, and the speakers asked to discuss their work are well-known and highly regarded in their fields. People who attend our lecture series often become ongoing members of the institution.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Victoria Glazomitsky
CEO Term Start May 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association New England Museum Association

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston
Wellesley College- Symposium
Museum Studies Program, Boston University- Internships
Boston Athenaeum- Symposium
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 7
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 1
Gender Female: 9
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Edward Pinkus
Board Chair Company Affiliation N/A
Board Chair Term May 2013 - May 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Tess Atkinson Community Volunteer --
Ms. Emily K. Beal LivHOME Voting
Mr. David Beck Boston Medical Center Voting
Ms. Sarah Biller N/A Voting
Mr. James Bordewick US Trust/Bank of America --
Ms. Anne V. Conner N/A Voting
Ms. Kate Enroth N/A Voting
Ms. Elizabeth H. Heide N/A Voting
Ms. Beth Johnson N/A Voting
Ms. Jane Kuchefski Community Volunteer --
Ms. Barbara Lewis Community Volunteer --
Ms. Meghan Melvin Museum of Fine Arts, Boston --
Ms. Ann Merrifield N/A Voting
Ms. Julia Pfannenstiehl Community Volunteer --
Mr. Edward Pinkus N/A Voting
Mr. William Simmons Community Volunteer --
Ms. Julie Solz N/A Voting
Ms. Sandra Steele private law firm --
Ms. Susan Olsen Walton Harvard Business School Voting
Mr. William Winterer N/A Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 20
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 15
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Building
  • Collections
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016
Projected Income $288,000.00
Projected Expense $288,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2014 990 - short year, covers Feb. 1, 2014 - Mar. 31, 2014

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2014 Financial Review

2013 Financial Review

2012 Financial Review

2011 Financial Review

2010 Financial Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $362,454 $330,648 $378,485
Total Expenses $333,891 $280,868 $315,221

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $143,802 $77,528 $166,196
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $23,848 $23,564 $22,964
Investment Income, Net of Losses $66,183 $97,328 $92,019
Membership Dues $43,998 $50,175 $43,801
Special Events $75,841 $68,715 $38,127
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $8,782 $13,338 $15,378

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $207,224 $146,841 $215,956
Administration Expense $97,448 $107,180 $92,013
Fundraising Expense $29,219 $26,847 $7,252
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 1.18 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 62% 52% 69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 18% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $2,064,618 $2,036,055 $1,995,636
Current Assets $220,503 $179,520 $134,169
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $9,363
Total Net Assets $2,064,618 $2,036,055 $1,986,273

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $1,500,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Nov 2014 - Dec 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $400,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- 14.33

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's financial Reviews.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, this organization changed its fiscal year in 2014 from a Feb. 1 - Jan. 31 fiscal year to an Apr. 1 - Mar. 31 fiscal year. As such, a short year Form 990 for FY14, covering Feb. 1, 2014 - Mar. 31, 2014 is posted above. 

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