From Our President

Welcome to the website of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation! Founded in 1972, the GMF is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization that owns and maintains the furnishings and artwork in the nine public rooms of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion. We are proud of our state’s beautiful, historically significant Mansion and we would love to share it with you.

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 — our tours, along with other Mansion events, have been postponed ensuring safety to those who live and work in the Mansion. We plan for this to be a temporary occurrence – so stay tuned. We will let you know via this website when we can open the Mansion for tours and events. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the Governor’s Mansion, the Foundation, tours, upcoming events and how to join us as a member, please visit the links found above.

Best regards –

Dawna Donohue

President, Governor’s Mansion Foundation

2020 – 2022

Volunteering is so rewarding. Here is how:

 ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting Committee plans and makes arrangements for the Foundation’s annual meeting in June, as outlined in the GMF Policies and Procedures. If the meeting is held at the Mansion, the committee coordinates all details with the Mansion’s Administrator. Time commitment varies. The busiest months are April to June.

ANNUAL SOCIAL

The Annual Social Committee plans a yearly event, which is usually a Holiday Tea held in the Mansion each December. The committee is responsible for all aspects of the event, such as the date, invitations, RSVPs, menu, music, name tags, docents to conduct tours, and recruiting members to help with the retail table. A new committee Chair is appointed annually in June. Time commitment varies.

AREA CHAIR

Area Chairs oversee fundraising, nominations of new Trustees, and any other GMF business that pertains to the members who live in their geographical areas. Time commitment varies.

ART

The Art Committee is responsible for curating the GMF art collection, which features works by artists of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. It also hosts art-related events.  A strong background in Northwest art history is helpful. Time commitment varies depending on scheduled events.

CHAMBER CONCERTS

The Chamber Concerts Committee arranges for professional musicians to perform at the Governor’s Mansion four times a year, between October and May. It selects and hires the musicians and coordinates all aspects of the event with the Mansion Administrator. Committee members should have a solid appreciation of music, respect for the musicians we hire, organizational skills, and a willingness to coordinate as a team. Depending on one’s job with the committee, the time commitment varies from five hours to 15 hours per month. Busy months are September through May. Quiet months are June through August when no concerts are held.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS & MARKETING

The Community Relations & Marketing Committee works towards continued public awareness of the history and importance of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion. Committee members should enjoy speaking with individuals and groups, be knowledgeable about GMF’s tours and events, and be able to participate in outreach events.  Having web or broadcast experience is also helpful. Time commitment is about 10 hours per quarter.

ENDOWMENT

The Endowment Committee reviews grant requests from GMF committees and votes on whether to recommend them to the Executive Board for approval. Grants are dispersed from the GMF endowment fund. GMF bylaws specify that members of the Endowment Committee are the Treasurer and the Interior Design Committee Chair, and can also include other GMF members at large. Endowment Committee members should have knowledge and experience regarding art, furnishings or design. They also need to have an understanding of our money, i.e., budget, donations, endowment fund and non-profit status. The committee meets whenever a grant request is submitted by a committee Chair, and, at least once a year—usually in January.

FURNISHINGS AND GIFT ACCEPTANCE

The Furnishings and Acceptance Committees are two separate areas of responsibility.

The Furnishings Committee oversees the maintenance, cleaning, and/or repair of furnishings owned by the GMF. This committee also inventories the collection annually and works closely with the Interior Design Committee and the Art Committee.

The Gift Acceptance Committee, guided by the GMF Collections Policy, decides if art or furnishings offered to the GMF will be accepted or declined for use in the Mansion’s public rooms.

HISTORY/ARCHIVAL

The History/Archival Committee collects and archives materials that relate to the GMF’s history and events. It works in coordination with the WA State Archives. Committee members should have an interest in keeping the history of GMF viable and accessible. Experience with scrapbooking or computer scanning ability is also helpful. Time commitment varies according to what work parties are scheduled.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The Interior Design Committee is responsible for both the arrangement of furnishings in the public rooms of the Governor’s Mansion and the maintenance of textiles (upholstery, draperies, area rugs, etc.) in the GMF collection. The committee also is in charge of decorating the Ballroom Christmas tree annually, in late November or early December, which takes about 8-12 hours.  Knowledge of design and space planning is helpful. Hours vary according to what projects the committee is working on; the busiest time is usually October through mid-December.

LIBRARY

The Library Committee is the “caretaker” of the 1,327 volumes currently in the Foundation’s collection.  The library is owned by the Foundation and is non-lending. The committee coordinates additions and deaccessions to the collection, monitors the collection of volumes, and arranges for restoration as appropriate. It works with the other GMF committees to assure the quality of the collection and appearance of the library. Time commitment varies.

MEMBERSHIP

The Membership Committee keeps all membership records up to date, sends annual dues notices, and produces an annual digital membership directory. Its Membership Resources Team (MRT) welcomes new members, supplies them with important GMF documents and information, and assists them in finding a committee placement. Basic computer email skills, or experience with Microsoft Office including Access, Microsoft Excel and Publisher is helpful. Time commitment varies. The spring membership mailing takes the most time.

NEWSLETTER

The Newsletter editor writes, coordinates, and disseminates news about past, current, and future activities of the GMF. Members must be able to write in a newspaper style. Computer skills, especially with Constant Contact, are helpful. The Newsletter is produced 4-5 times a year.

NOMINATING

The Nominating Committee is responsible for choosing the slate of officers each year and overseeing the nominations of new Trustees at the June meeting. Committee members should have knowledge of the GMF, preferably by having served on a committee. Computer skills, dedication, respect, and leadership ability are also helpful. Time commitment varies according to when nominating meetings are scheduled.

RETAIL SALES

The Retail Sales Committee is responsible for researching, ordering, inventorying, and selling GMF’s retail items. It manages the retail sales table during tour days and special events (such as the Annual Social) at the Mansion. Committee members assist with the set up and take down of the retail sales table, keep an inventory tally during tours and events, and transact sales with cash, check or credit card (via Smartphone device). Time commitment generally runs 12:30 – 3PM on Wednesday tour days, September through July. December is the busiest month.

TOUR PROGRAM

The Tour Program gives tours of the Mansion’s nine public rooms on most Wednesdays and at other times if requested by the Governor, Mansion Administrator or Visitor Services. Committee members should have a passion for history and be comfortable speaking in public. The time commitment is approximately 10 to 20 hours per month, with December being the busiest month.

My heartfelt gratitude to you for supporting the Governor’s Mansion Foundation.

Sincerely –

Dawna Donohue
President, Governor’s Mansion Foundation