Better Business Bureau Report for
Virginia Historical Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Virginia Historical Society
Address: 428 North Boulevard
  Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-342-9657
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1831, Virginia

Mission: Connecting people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting the Commonwealth's history, we link past with present and inspire future generations.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Virginia Historical Society (VHS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Virginia Historical Society preserves the history of Virginia through library and educational programs, publications, and museum exhibitions.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, VHS's program expenses were:

Programs 4,263,003
Collections 1,769,147
Total Program Expenses: $6,032,150
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Chief Executive : Dr. Paul A. Levengood, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Mr. Thomas G. Slater, Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Hunton & Williams LLP

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 75

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet and website appeals, planned giving arrangements, & membership appeals.
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,823,559, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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The following information is based on Virginia Historical Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 7,003,597
Investment return 6,740,111
Annual giving 1,050,144
Grants 530,429
Rental income 304,316
Membership dues 239,389
Fees and admissions 204,677
Publications and merchandise sales 186,755
Other 33,062
Royalties 6,876
Total Income $16,299,356


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $16,299,356
Program expenses $6,032,150
Fund raising expenses 732,408
Administrative expenses 1,236,213
Total expenses $8,000,771
Income in Excess of Expenses 8,298,585
Beginning net assets 72,099,049
Ending net assets 80,397,634
Total liabilities 5,913,961
Total assets $86,311,595

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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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