Annual Report to Donors

President and Immediate Past President's Letter

Immediate past president Sue Gerdelman and current president Cliff Fleet.Each year in the pages of the annual report, we recognize and celebrate those who have taken up the charge to preserve and tell the stories of two remarkable places of national significance:  Jamestown and Yorktown.  The museums of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation continue to be recognized as leading centers of education and tourism thanks to an expansive and very successful public-private partnership.  It is through this partnership that we are able to deliver engaging educational programs that ignite the imagination, engage the mind, and inspire a love of American history.

In the years since the Foundation embarked on transforming the Yorktown Victory Center into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, an extraordinary level of support allowed us to expand our vision for this new museum and launch the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support on May 12, 2015, with a goal of $15 million.

In this special edition of the annual report, we celebrate not only the milestones of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, but also the philanthropy that enables us to create, sustain, and preserve this museum alongside Jamestown Settlement. The generosity of every donor makes a difference, and we are grateful to each of you for your commitment to preserving our American history and to leaving a legacy to future generations.

Among those who have helped us reach our current $10.6 million mark are corporate citizens, including Dominion Resources whose commitments to this new museum total $900,000 – the largest private investment to date in the Campaign for Support; members of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, who have personally invested a collective $2.3 million in the new museum; numerous foundations, including The Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation whose early gift allowed us to acquire the rare early broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence; York County whose support of $1 million over the next decade will support short- and long-term exhibit fabrication and programming; and each of you, citizens of the United States, who know how important it is to preserve our past and educate current and future generations of Americans.

Your philanthropy ensures that we can create this living history of the American Revolution. We cannot thank you enough.

With $4.4 million yet to raise, the Campaign for Support offers opportunities for every citizen of our nation to join the ranks and preserve the story of liberty and freedom for future generations.


Clifford B. Fleet
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.

Sue H. Gerdelman
Immediate Past President
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.