Dudley Foundation
2351 Durham Rd
Guilford CT 06437-1034
Contact Information
Address 2351 Durham Rd
Guilford, CT 06437-1034
Telephone (203) 457-0770 x
Fax 203-N/A
E-mail ngdudleyfarm@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Resting in the Sunshine at The Dudley Farm
Newborns playing on mom
Mission

To preserve, restore and operate The Dudley Farm Museum as a late 19th century historical, educational and recreational resource to serve the public.

Vision: The Dudley Foundation will provide leadership to the greater community in the promotion of historic awareness and interpretation of the history of the North Guilford community.  
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
  • The Dudley Foundation is committed to maintaining and appropriately improving all the structures which currently composed The Dudley Farm Museum. Having completed the restoration of our ca. 1840 barns we are now striving to see our way to providing interior lighting in those barns. This lighting would not only allow us to see our way for work but would be instrumental in allowing our visitors to view planned displays.  It is anticipated that this project will cost $4500 and will be completed in 2020.
  • The Dudley Farm has always had on the hillside a 19th-century windmill which was erected by Erastus Dudley. The windmill was key to the extensive waterways system which serviced the Farm. In recent years it has had to be removed in order to enhance the appearance and improve safety. Now re-galvanized, it is ready to be re-erected, It is expected to cost approximately $1500 with the goal of completion by fall, 2020.
  • The 17-room Farmhouse has 9 rooms open to the public which are completely furnished thanks to the generosity of local folk. To protect those furnishings appropriately, we need to provide roller shades to the 21 windows involved. This is at a cost of $3200. The installation will be prioritized, assuring that the most critical rooms (those on the west side of the house) are completed first, and will be done before the end of summer, 2020.
  • Our neighbors love the animals on our Farm, but would love them more if they no longer visited their gardens.  We need to improve the oxen and sheep fencing for the pasture on our 10 1/2 acres, at the cost $2000, and ideally, this would be completed before the animals return to the pasture from the barnyard this summer.
  • The Dudley Farm was one of the first farms in Connecticut to import Holstein cattle from The Netherlands in the 19th-century to improve the quality and milk production of their stock.  As part of our mission, we would like to install an Incredible Milking Cow (incrediblemilkingcow.com) in one of our barn stanchions. This would allow kids of all ages to experience a part of 19th-century farm life without being frightened by a large, live animal.  This plexiglass life-sized model costs $7000. Its acquisition is totally dependent on finding the needed funds. 
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2020
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1995
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Beth Payne
Board Chair Bill Black
Board Chair Company Affiliation Owner, Dragonfly Farm
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

To preserve, restore and operate The Dudley Farm Museum as a late 19th century historical, educational and recreational resource to serve the public.

Vision: The Dudley Foundation will provide leadership to the greater community in the promotion of historic awareness and interpretation of the history of the North Guilford community.  
Background
The Dudley Farm House was built in 1844 by Erastus Dudley, a prosperous North Guilford farmer, gristmill and tannery owner. While it had its beginnings as a traditional New England farm, societal and technological change led the farm to adapt, becoming a center of commerce to the people of North Guilford. At one time the Dudleys were actively engaged in a tannery, a grist mill and bone mill, remnants of which are no longer a part of the farm, but still visible in the area. The 10-acre Dudley Farm property still houses a blacksmith shop, carriage shed, a reconstructed sugar house, and of course the "necessary" outhouse. Sheep and oxen graze in the fields while chickens make their presence known. A variety of gardens, including a Community garden, herb garden, flower and vegetable gardens grace the property.
 
Today, the house and barns occupy a portion of the land farmed by the Dudley family for almost 300 years. After David Dudley’s passing in 1991,the property was to be sold with the proceeds to go to the North Guilford Volunteer Fire Company and the North Guilford Congregational Church, but the involved parties recognized the potential benefit of maintaining the area as a small farm. Working cooperatively with the Town of Guilford Probate Court and the North Guilford Congregational Church, the Fire Company was able to obtain the Farm property, preventing its likely disappearance and example of farm life. Noting the rapid development of property in the late 20th century, the Volunteer Fire Company established the Dudley Foundation which created and now manages The Dudley Farm Museum, helping to preserve the region's agricultural heritage. The Dudley Farm Museum has become central to many area activities. It is the first Connecticut farm to start a farmers' market, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. Various workshops and demonstrations are provided to the public\ featuring skills and activities common to rural New Englanders during the late 19th century. The property provides access to local trails maintained by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. The Museum is regularly featured in local publications. The Dudley Foundation has a track record for perseverance. Published in 2012 by The Dudley Foundation, Voices from North Guilford tells the story of North Guilford with photos, research, and remembrances, and continues to be sold locally. The Dudley Farm Museum remains unique, with  no other working farm museum in southern Connecticut. 
Impact
Accomplishments:
1) Saw the completion of the restoration of the Big Barn Project, a 4-year project resulting in the restoration of our large, 3-part 1840's barn. This barn is part of the Connecticut Barn Trail and is on the Connecticut Registry of Historic Places. 
2) Provided educational program to the Connecticut League of History Organizations annual conference re: "From the 19th to the s1st Century: How We Got There"
3) Completed re-creation of the Farm's Milkhouse as well as Icehouse.  The Icehouse also incorporates public restrooms to be used by our many visitors. Both buildings recreate structures that were original to the Farm. 
4) Driveway and parking areas improved, reducing the potential for mud and potential for destroying property.
5) Eagle Sout project resulted in the restoration of the long picket fence on the property.
 
GOALS 2020:
1) Interior lighting for the barns to allow for educational displays
2) Financial stability through fundraising, grants, growth of membership
3) Development and implementation of educational programs that feature 19th-century crafts and skills common in the area
4) Continue to see an increase in visitation and group tours 
Needs
1) Provide appropriate care and stewardship for the historic structures and natural environment of The Dudley Farm Museum.  This includes the provision of appropriate and adequate security lighting.
2) Development of a cadre of volunteers who can be effective docents for the museum, utilizing the newly developed and implemented Interpretive Plan. 
3) Assure the sustainability of The Dudley Farm Museum with an effective Board and a working committee structure while building the volunteer base to help assure continuity and project completion;
4) Enhance the visitor experience by providing quality visitor services, comfortable access, carefully selected reproduction spaces, and historically accurate and engaging programming for learners of all ages. This includes, but is not limited to,  visitor accessible pathways; and a life-long learning program.
5) Develop a secure diversified financial foundation by increasing earned income, developing an investment plan, and expanding business and foundation giving.
CEO Statement
The Dudley Farm Museum strives to show the public rural life in North Guilford from 1870-1910, a period of great sociological, political and agricultural change. This is particularly important as North Guilford was established as the main agricultural part of Guilford in the early 18th century when farmers in the area petitioned the established church to establish their own Congregational Society. Their success in this endeavor meant they were no longer required to endure the hardship of weekly travel by horse and carriage to Guilford for Sunday Services, which could be as much as 12 miles each way for some and required overnight lodging. Thanks to this effort agriculture became the mainstay of the area and remained so well into the 20th century. Our buildings and landscapes illustrate this well. Programs, which are now year-round, have ranged from 19th Century Farming at the Dudley Farm and the Development of Community, to Harvest Day, an annual event free to the public which showcases many of the activities common during that time "down on the farm." Maple syrup is made in our sugar house in the spring for visitors to see, and weddings and other special events use one of our barns, providing some much-needed income. Special programs include rug-hooking workshops and spoon carving programs. 
 
We have been very fortunate to have had college-level and post-graduate interns in recent years who have added so much to the vibrancy of our museum. Membership has more than doubled since 2013 as visitors have shown an increased interest in local history and its impact on today's happenings. With oxen, chicken and sheep cared for on the property, along with gardens, children see where the food they eat and the wool they wear comes from. Our electronic mailing, "Dudley Farm Doings", is emailed to over 600 subscribers from around the country, while our Facebook page is "liked" by approximately 1300 people. We work hard to share history with those who join or visit. Our newsletter, published three times each year, provides a platform for discussing not only agriculture in the 19th century, but the impact of great social movements, including the temperance movement, suffragettes, immigration, race relations, and elections. We seek to provide information about where we've been to help us ascertain where we are going.
Board Chair Statement

 As I take over the presidency of The Dudley Foundation I find myself hoping I can follow in the shoes of the Farm’s past presidents.  The legacy they leave behind has provided the Farm with a solid base to work with.  Now it's my turn to add to this base and keep the Farm moving forward.  As a retired accountant and the Farm's Assistant Treasurer for many years, I have called upon my experience to maintain and improve the Farm's financial stability.  My goal this year is to continue this progress.  After the interior of the barn is fitted to display our vast agricultural collection, The Dudley Farm Museum will attain the status of being one of the finest agricultural museums in the state.

But my goals and visions can't be completed without the continued support and help from the many volunteers who have shared their time and expertise to make the Farm what it is today.  With their support, we can achieve everything.  For those who have volunteered in the past, thank you and for those who wish to volunteer, we will greet you with open arms.   

 
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / History Museums
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition /
Tertiary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
Areas Served
Guilford
Branford
East Haven
Madison
North Branford
Shoreline
While Guilford, and specifically North Guilford, is the subject of our museum, the subject matter of necessity often includes information from around the state. Visitors are most commonly from New Haven County, but have also come from many other states and countries, including but not limited to England, Germany, Thailand, Australia, 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Before we even open our doors for the season, Dudley Farm Maple Syrup is produced in our sugar house thanks to our volunteers. The Big Barn Project, which focused on the restoration of the complex, has now morphed into developing displays that show how things were done on the farm during the late 19th century. 2019 was an exciting time for The Dudley Foundation, as we celebrated our 25th anniversary.   It is exciting to see the growth and development of this farm museum continue. We look forward to new and returning visitors who want to spend some time "down on the farm."


 

Programs
Description

Since its inception, The Dudley Foundation has had a long-term commitment to restore, preserve and maintain all the many structures located on the farm which comprise The Dudley Farm Museum. It has already met success in renovating the farmhouse and numerous other buildings on the property.

The newly restored Big Barn is the centerpiece of the Foundation property. This large three-part barn stores the Museum's many tools and pieces of farm equipment, as well as hay for the animals which inhabit the Museum property. With restoration, this barn continues to be used for animal shelter and hay storage, but will now also be made into an educational display area to showcase our many pieces of 19th-century agricultural equipment. This will require research into the many artifacts, restoration of some, and incorporating appropriate lighting and display materials.

Population Served Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

With the implementation of our Strategic Plan, we have not only completed fund-raising for the Big Barn Project, but that project is now complete. Our Collections Assessment helped to guide what we collect and how it is displayed, leading to a reorganization of the house rooms and the archival storage, while the extensive research done this past year has guided the development of our Interpretive Plan, which has been implemented. The Dudley Farm Museum has enjoyed greater recognition in the area as a ”go-to" site where visitors get to experience a piece of 19th-century history.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The Dudley Farm restored to its mid-19th century condition is the only one of the five Museums in Guilford not from the 17th or 18th centuries. This working farm uniquely reflects the history of farming during the industrial revolution.

Continuing goals include: document the farm's history during the dramatic shifts in farm operation during the period; restore the property using original construction techniques; demonstrate to the public 19th-century arts and skills; enrich community knowledge of Guilford's rich and significant impact on Connecticut agriculture; promote family farm-based activities and provide rotating relevant historical displays.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. As this project continues to evolve, interest from the public is increased with resultant increased public offerings, visitation, and volunteer growth. We have utilized SurveyMonkey to measure program success. Certainly visitation during our Holiday Open House and Market has shown continued growth each year, resulting in expanding this offering from 2 days to three. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Our sugar house steamed things up in February of 2019. While for demonstration only, the public was invited to taste a sample of sap and syrup to see how local families made maple syrup during the period. Publicity included Facebook, website, articles in the local paper and The New Haven Register. More than 200 visitors to the Farmhouse signed our guestbook during the Holiday Open House, and vendors at the concurrent Market noted that it was the best year ever, and are anxious for the weekly summer market to begin. Visitors walked around the farm, visited our farm animals and “had a great time!” as was frequently noted in our visitor log.

Description The Dudley Farm Museum is committed to providing educational programs of public interest which take advantage of museum resources, focus on the period of 1870-1910, and utilize local talent. These have included programs on genealogy; author presentations of books of local interest; craft programs for adults and children, and recently a program on 19th Century Farming on the Dudley Farm and the Development of Community.
Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Our short-term success is most immediately measured by visitor attendance and comments. As a result of our programs we have increased volunteer involvement and discovered new donation sources.  Post program surveys indicate a desire for more programs and indicate that new knowledge and understanding resulted from attendance. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. As an historical institution our programs focuses on developing an understanding of past events through an appreciation of agricultural and household artifacts from rural New England in the late 19th century. This includes an appreciation for buildings and landscapes as well as spinning wheels and plows! The period we reflect is particularly rich with sociological and technical change. We hope that visitors leave here wanting to know about their community, appreciate local history, and recognize The Dudley Farm Museum as a valuable resource.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. SurveyMonkey is used after many of our programs to garner information about knowledge gained, enjoyment of the program, and suggestions for future programs.  While not required to, responders are asked to leave their contact information and are given the opportunity to ask for further information about the topic presented. It is interesting to note that programs almost invariably bring new visitors to our door: "We had no idea this was here!" is often heard.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. The reputation of The Dudley Farm Museum and the success of its programs has resulted in The Dudley Farm Museum being asked to host a 3-day conference for the Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums in March, 2019. We have fully funded the the $350,000 Big Barn Project, and are now preparing to celebrate our 25th anniversary.  Another mark of success is that we have retained approximately 100 Museum Members since 1998, while more than doubling our membership.
Description The Farmers’ Market not only reflects the old-time practice of selling produce at a roadside stand, but also provides an opportunity to build a community of supporters who return again and again to the Dudley Farm. People can purchase produce, home baked goods and handcrafts; bring their children to visit the livestock and romp on the hillside; visit exhibits in the Farmhouse Museum, attend workshops, listen to music, or just come to have a cup of coffee and visit.
Vendors are encouraged to share their knowledge of producing the items they are selling including, but not limited to, organic farming and gardening, handcraft production, materials, methods and inspiration.  The more choices the market offers its consumers, the more attractive and exciting the market becomes for them.
Population Served Adults / Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Market management is a huge challenge which requires a cooperative effort by all involved. This is particularly true of an all-volunteer program. This year we are focusing on vendor-led management, and have implemented frequent meetings with vendors and Dudley Foundation officers to help formulate a plan of action. Already that has led to a greater understanding by all concerned of the challenges being faced. The market is opening by the beginning of June; steps to enhance its viability have been taken, including plans for increased publicity. This will help reduce vendor drop-out and maintain or increase customer activity.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Our farmers' market is entering its 22nd year, being the second oldest market in the state.  None-the-less, market failure nation-wide is high, and Connecticut is not immune from this. A leading cause of market failure is lack of effective market management. Our long-term goal is to continue to have a market which can be sustained. To do so we must:
  • Creatively promote the market to consumers
  • Enforce the market’s rules and regulations fairly and with a minimum of conflict
  • Represent the market to the local municipality and community groups
  • Administer the day to day operations of the market, both on-site and off.
  • Arbitrate disputes that may arise between vendors and/or with consumers
  • Work with a board of directors or market committee
  • Maintain the financial records of the market
  • Understand the needs of fall vendors and balance them with the needs of the consumers and the community at large
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. While we have never lost money with this program, success can be measured by 1) tallying vendor participation, with the goal of >25 vendors per market; 2) vendor reported data including numbers of customers; and 3) increased net income to the Foundation during the market season. There will be a written plan of action available to be reviewed at market meetings. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. The Farmers' Market has become a community gathering spot with many loyal visitors. Periodic surveys of those who shop here have provided many positive comments as well as pointing out real deficiencies. Visitors know which vendor to seek out for fresh goat cheese; organic eggs; delicious bakery items, plants and seasonal vegetables. Our vendors leave here very happy after our Holiday Open House and Market,often having to replenish their stocks before the second day of this 2-day event. The market has shown an ability to persevere - we have been here for more than 20 years!
Description

The Dudley Farm received certified organic status in 1999 for what today has become The Dudley Farm Community Garden. This garden has 19 full plots, some which have been divided in half. Community gardeners pay a fee for the seasonal use of a garden plot, and follow prescribed organic gardening practices. Volunteers and Community Garden members have made significant improvements to the garden area by clearing trees, designing and building a garden shed, installing a watering system and expanding the parking area.

The Heritage Garden is planted annually with heirloom vegetables and flowers, and often serves as an attractive backdrop for weddings. The home's flower garden was planted and designed in using early photographs of the farm which show flowers in front of the house and wisteria growing up the porch columns.  The Herb Garden, first planted in 1997, contains many varieties of herbs commonly found in gardens in the late 1800’s. Maintaining these gardens is very labor-intensive. 
Population Served General/Unspecified / Adults / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Gardens will be maintained as needed with appropriate oversight by the Garden and Landscape committee. Routine maintenance will result in less need to "start from scratch" each spring.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Maintenance of the various gardens on the property add to the ambiance of the farm and overall visitor satisfaction. Success will be seen by continued volunteer enthusiasm for the project as well as positive responses and comments from visitors. Changes in garden design and structure will be implemented as appropriate, determined in part from farm records and practices common during the late 1800's.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The success of the program will be monitored routinely with reports provided to the Board of Directors as requested by the Chair of the Garden and Landscape Committee.  Additionally, comments and observations made by visitors and Board members will be noted and conveyed to the Committee.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Our Community Garden is a sell-out each year, and gardeners have taken an active role in identifying needs as well as in maintaining that area. Under the leadership of the Chair, the gardeners and public are routinely invited to and attend educational programs focusing  on organic gardening techniques.
Description The Dudley Farm Museum provides a Harvest Day event annually in October. This event, free to the public, serves to thank the public for their support while inviting new visitors to the Farm. Events may include: corn shelling and grinding (and then feeding the chickens!), apple cider pressing, weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, oxen demonstrations; children's games of the period, hewing timber; whittling; soap making, and other skills and activities commonly performed on the 19th century New England Farm. The program is held concurrently with the Farmers' Market, and often features those craftsmen producing their items. Thanks to the dedication of the many Board Members and volunteers who participate costs are kept to a minimum while visitor satisfaction is high.
Population Served Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Short-term success will include a tired but satisfied corps of Harvest Day volunteers as well as remaining within established budget. Returned surveys will note an increased awareness of and appreciation for those skills required to run a family farm in 19th century Connecticut.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The Annual Harvest Day celebration has a long history with The Dudley Farm, with attendance growing each year. Long-term success markers include a growing attendance; increased membership, and increased participation by members who have appropriate skills to share. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Returned surveys will note areas where visitors learned or experienced something new or gained an appreciation for the skills, knowledge, or abilities needed by families living on a farm in 19th century New England. Additionally, those involved in presenting to the public will be asked to give their appraisal of the event. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Our annual Harvest Day continues to be popular, even when forced to be postponed or hit with a rare October snow storm. Visitors frequently ask when Harvest Day will be so that they can plan the day with their families. Each year new exhibitors have offered their services. 
Program Comments
CEO Comments
In addition to the programs noted above, The Dudley Farm Museum is a frequently chosen venue for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events in order to take advantage of  our scenic property. Our Gift Shop is well-supported by The Dudley Farm Quilters, an all-volunteer group which crafts items which are then  donated for sale.  They have annually produced queen-sized quilts which are raffled off to benefit the Museum. Speakers are frequently invited to share their expertise on topics of historical interest, most recently presenting Pieced History which discussed how 19th-century changes in the textile industry changed the American Quilt. We are fortunate to be an entry to property owned by Guilford Land Conservation Trust, thus encouraging a walk in the woods - and a visit to the Dudley Farm grounds. We also house the Dawnland Collection, which contains many locally collected Native American artifacts donated to the Foundation by a local gentleman with ties to the Quinnipiac Nation.
In 2015 we initiated a Brunch to support The Big Barn Project.  This popular community event  raises our visibility and provides the public with  an inside look at what's going on "down on the farm." 2019 will see this brunch kicking-off a year-long celebration of our 25th anniversary, while recognizing life-time and long-term members.
The Dudley Farm Museum is of course in a rural part of Guilford, while the other four museums in town are essentially within walking distance of each other. But our museum is unique and is worth the drive from anywhere! 
CEO/Executive Director
Beth Payne
Term Start Mar 2015
Email director@dudleyfarm.com
Experience
The current director started as a volunteer six years ago, bringing with her a professional history as a manager. The roles of the many positions and committees were then developed and defined by an ad hoc committee, and became the seed for developing an operations manual, which now sees daily use. It became obvious at that time that a director/curator was needed to prevent further decline. After much consideration, the current director was offered a part-time position (ten hours per week) as an independent contractor four years ago to see to the day-to-day operations. With extensive experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures, the museum director completed the development of the operations manual, as well as a disaster plan. The museum director’s hours were increased two years ago to 20 per week as the Board recognized the contributions being made by the director to the organization as well as the rapid growth the museum has experienced. The Director has led the organization through successful completion of the StEPs program  (cthumanities.org/resources/steps-ct) , development and implementation of a 5 Year Strategic Plan,  completion of a Collections Assessment, and development of an Interpretive Plan facilitated by carefully selected acknowledged Connecticut museum professionals. 
Co-CEO
N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 60
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
North Guilford Congregational Church
St. Johns Episcopal Church, North Guilford 
North Guilford Volunteer Fire Company (non-government agency)
Shoreline Outdoor Education Center (nonprofit)
5 Historic Museums of Guilford  (nonprofit)
Connecticut League of History Organizations (nonprofit)
Guilford Savings Bank (funder)
Guilford Preservation Alliance (nonprofit)
Guilford Land Conservation Trust (nonprofit) 
Summer Hill Foundation (funder - private foundation)
The Florence Griswold Museum (nonprofit) 
 
In addition to the above, memberships in the following organization provide professional development opportunities which have benefited the Dudley Farm Museum:
Connecticut League of History Organizations; Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums; New England Museum Association; Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation; the American Association for State and Local History Organizations, Connecticut Humanities; The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2013
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Bronze Certification, AudienceAmerican Association for State and Local History2015
Bronze Certification, Mission, Vision and GovernanceAmerican Association for State and Local History2015
Silver Certificate, AudienceAmerican Association for State and Local History2015
Bronze Certification, InterpretationAmerican Association for State and Local History2016
Bronze Certification, Stewardship of Historic Structures and LandscapesAmerican Association for State and Local History2016
Bronze Certification, ManagementAmerican Association for State and Local History2015
Bronze Certification, Stewardship of CollectionsAmerican Association for State and Local History2016
Comments
CEO Comments The Dudley Farm Museum is currently in a period of rapid change and growth, while access to needed manpower and money remains constricted. We have developed key documents which will guide our progress in coming years, including a Strategic Plan, a Collections Assessment, and an Interpretive Plan which will better tell the story of  19th century farming in North Guilford, the Dudley Family, and the many contributions made by the folks of North Guilford and particularly the Dudley Family and their relatives. We are fortunate to have been able to save this Farm and make it the hub of activity and living history that it is today.
Board Chair
Bill Black
Company Affiliation Owner, Dragonfly Farm
Term Oct 2019 to Oct 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Laurie CarawayIndependent Consultant, Sr. Clinical Data Management
Thomas CostKilliingworth True Value Hardware
Janet Chittenden DudleyCommunity Volunteer
Jerri GuadagnoRetired
Bob GuadagnoRetired
Ray GuimontRetired SNET
Don HomerRetired architect
Tom LeddyRetired educator
Kendrick NorrisRetired pastor and psycologist
James PowersRetired educator
Oliver ScrantonOwner, Maple Grove Farm
Doug WilliamsonWilliamson Design and Planning
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 1
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Board Co-Chair
Janet Dudley
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2017 to Oct 2018
Email jcdandmtd@hotmail.com
Standing Committees
Executive
Nominating
CEO Comments
Funding will be more of a challenge than in the past as Connecticut struggles with its budget, and support to usual funding sources, such as Connecticut Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office, is curtailed. Additionally, changes in the Federal tax structure will weaken the incentive for individual donations to non-profit organizations. We continue to seek private foundations for support as well as increase our programmatic outreach to encourage individual donations. A major fund-raising initiative is being planned which will include not only individuals but local businesses. 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2020
Projected Revenue $88,000.00
Projected Expenses $88,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$861,446$833,146$745,231
Current Assets$164,720$139,721$115,517
Long-Term Liabilities$17,909$32,532$31,447
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$843,537$800,614$713,784
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSummer Hill Foundation $25,0001772 Foundation $12,000Summer Hill Foundation $50,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount1772 Foundation $12,000 Guilford Savings Bank $1,000Guilford Foundation $4,188
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $5,000 --Connecticut Humanities $1,450
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
The economy in Connecticut, and indeed nationally, remains unsettled. Donating to preserve the agricultural history of Guilford is usually not the first priority of a person's charitable donor list. Despite that, we are able to capitalize on the current growing interest in ancestry, heritage and sustainable agriculture which allows us to approach local families with ties to those interests. In recent years we have aggressively sought grants and support for projects outside the normal operations of the Foundation, Solicitation are also made to local companies which have shown an interest in those interests. It should be noted that operating expenses for the Dudley Foundation remain below $100,000 per anum.
 
 
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 2351 Durham Rd
Guilford, CT 064371034
Primary Phone 203 457-0770
Contact Email ngdudleyfarm@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Beth Payne
Board Chair Bill Black
Board Chair Company Affiliation Owner, Dragonfly Farm

 

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