Alice Ferguson Foundation (Accokeek, MD)


  • Name:Ms. Lori Arguelles
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Address:2001 Bryan Point Road
    Accokeek, MD 20607
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:301-262-5665
  • Main fax:301-292-1070

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Alice Ferguson Foundation is “to connect people to the natural world, sustainable agriculture practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy.”

  • Overview:
  • Located just a few miles south of Washington, DC across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, the Alice Ferguson Foundation (the Foundation) is recognized as a preeminent environmental educational organization in the region. The Foundation shares the wonder and excitement of the farm, woodlands, wetlands and waterways of the Potomac River watershed with thousands of students, teachers, and citizens every year. Through the Hard Bargain Environmental Center, Bridging the Watershed, and the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative, the Foundation works to Educate, Demonstrate, Advocate, Transform, and Sustain. As we achieve these essential goals, along with the strategies and actions that support them, we will not only connect people with nature but inspire them to take actions that sustain our world.

  • History:
  • The Alice Ferguson Foundation was established in 1954 as a non-profit organization chartered in the state of Maryland. Our mission is to connect people to the natural world, sustainable agriculture practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy.

    The Foundation’s educational programs unite students, educators, park rangers, communities, regional organizations and government agencies throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to promote the environmental sustainability of the Potomac River watershed.

    Our team of educators teaches over 10,000 students annually through an on-site program at Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center and through Bridging the Watershed, an off-site partnership program providing high school field studies in national parks. Our curriculum-based education programs are designed to enhance each participant’s life experience and environmental perspective while integrating a multitude of science, math, language and problem solving skills into non-traditional, non-classroom based learning opportunities. Student programs are complemented by workshops for teachers and park rangers, and dynamic educational websites with activities for youth and educators.

  • Year established:1954
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:23

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Michael Herman, President (Spring 2010)
    Nancy Gasparovic, Vice President (Spring 2011)
    Nan Kargahi, Secretary (Spring 2010)
    Harold Phelps, Treasurer (Spring 2011)
    Judith Allen-Leventhal (Spring 2012)
    Abraham Haspel (Spring 2012)
    Peggy DeStefanis (Spring 2011)
    Dan Jackson (Spring 2011)
    Steve Kim (Spring 2010)
    Linda Lampkin
    Marion Mulholland (Spring 2010)
    Shirley Nicolai (Spring 2010)
    Betsy Reid (Spring 2011)
    Nancy Weiman (Spring 2010)

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Tracy Bowen, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Libby Campbell, Deputy Director
    Eileen Watts, Director of Agricultural Education
    Jeanne Troy, BTW Director
    Brenda Wright, Coordinator of HBF Programs
    Ginny Harris, TFPWI Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:52-0694646

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:520694646
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2001 BRYAN POINT RD
  • Organization City:ACCOKEEK
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:20607-9794
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):350, 059, 040
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of natural resources (conservation), Other school related activities, Scholarships (other)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C32
  • Asset Amount:$12,484,282
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,741,549
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,241,265
  • Last Updated:3/20/2018 10:30:11 am

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