Our Mission

The mission of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (the Foundation) is to restore and preserve the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which includes the Statue itself, the Statue of Liberty Museum, and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration; maintain 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; and 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.

Governance

The 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. Members of the Board of Directors, except for the President and CEO, serve without compensation for their services. The Board establishes Standing Committees, Policies for Governance, and Standards 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.

The Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation (Delaware), By-Laws, and IRS Exemption Letter are available upon request.

Financial & 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. 

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a four-star (highest rating) nonprofit, according to Charity Navigator. The rating is based on an organization’s Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency with the goal of showing donors “how efficiently a charity will use their support, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to accountability and transparency.”