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Governance

Governance

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. ("Foundation") is led by a Board of Directors with all of the powers of governing and directing, and of overseeing the management and affairs of the organization. 

The corporate governance principles of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. are composed of a series of documents adopted by the Board of Directors and reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the organization and reflect current best practices.

List of the current Foundation Board of Directors.

List of the current Foundation Senior Staff.

List of the current History Advisory Committee.

Governing Documents

Articles of Incorporation (Delaware)

By-Laws Amended 2015

IRS Letter, in lieu of Form 1023 

IRS Exemption Letter

Governance Structure and Procedures

Members of the Board of Directors except for the President and CEO serve without compensation for their services. The Board of Directors established various Standing Committees of the Board of Directors. These committees and related charters are:

Audit Committee

Compensation Committee 

Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Committee

Emeritus Board Committee 

Executive Committee 

Investment Committee 

Long Range Planning Committee

Nominations and Governance Committee 

The Board of Directors has established certain Policies for the governance and standards of the organization. These Policies are as follows:

Conflict of Interest Policy 

Purchasing and Contracting Policy 

Accounting Records and Internal Control

Non-monetary Gifts 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

Investment Policy

Records Retention Policy 

Whistleblower Policy 

Mission of the Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to restore and preserve the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which includes, in addition to the Statue itself, Ellis Island and its Museum of Immigration; Custody and control of records, relics and other things of historic interest related to the Statue of Liberty and the millions of immigrants who entered the United States via Ellis Island; To foster, promote and stimulate public knowledge of and interest in the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The National Park Service (NPS), a unit of the United States Department of the Interior, operates both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (the "Monument") and has accepted grants pursuant to an agreement dated October 14, 1983 and subsequent agreements with the Foundation for the restoration and preservation of the Monument. The Foundation works hand in hand with the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island in the Long Term planning or General Management Plan process to identify needs of the Monument.

The Foundation submits to the Director, National Park Service, a quarterly report of the activities of the Foundation and issues that may confront the partnership between the Foundation and the National Park Service. Copies of this quarterly report are furnished to the Wise Giving Alliance of the BBB and the Attorney General of New York State.

Quarterly Report - 1st Quarter 2017

Quarterly Report - 4th Quarter 2016

Quarterly Report - 3rd Quarter 2016

Quarterly Report - 2nd Quarter 2016

Financial and Compliance Reporting

The Foundation files annually, "Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax" and related schedules with the Internal Revenue Service and such individual states and commonwealths that require such filing.

Form 990 - Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax:

March 31, 2016

March 31, 2015

March 31, 2014 

March 31, 2013 

These federal returns for prior years may be viewed at: www.guidestar.org

Form 990-T Exempt Organization Business Tax Return:

March 31, 2016

March 31, 2015

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2013 

The Foundation solicits charitable contributions from throughout the United States. Consequently certain states require registration as a Charitable Organization or as a "Foreign Corporation" in order to do business in the state or commonwealth. The various states or commonwealth have their own standards of reporting that are in addition or supplement the Internal Revenue Service annual filing. The Foundation endeavors to maintain current registration with such states or commonwealths that require such registration. 

Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE; Maryland: Office of the Secretary of State, Statehouse, Annapolis, MD 21401 or calling 1-800-552-9963, FOR THE COST OF COPIES AND POSTAGE;Michigan: MICS 9675; New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING 1-973-504-6215; REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT; New York: Office of Attorney General, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271; North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Section at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State; Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis island Foundation, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Virginia: Financial Statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218; Washington: Currently registered with the Washington State Secretary of State, Olympia, WA 98504-0422 or by calling 1-800-332-4483. Registration number 5804 as required by law and is not an endorsement by the state; West Virginia: Residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Foundation engages an independent auditor to examine and issue an opinion of the financial statements of the Foundation.

The Foundation prepares an Annual Report of the activities of the Foundation. You may view these Annual Reports:

Annual Report, for the period ending March 31, 2015 

Annual Report, for the period ending March 31, 2014 

Sales and Use Tax

The Foundation is exempt from paying New York and New Jersey sales and use tax on goods or services used for the organization's own use. The Foundation does collect and remit to New York State such sales and use tax collected on sales from the Foundation's web and store activity at Ellis Island that are subject to such taxation.

Licensed Marks and Names

The following marks and names have been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Foundation's use in conducting its activities. Other such marks and names could be in process of such registration.

Licensed Marks and Names 

Contact Information


   The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
17 Battery Place #210
New York, New York 10004
212-561-4500
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