Projects Funded by the Renova Fort Ross Foundation
In October of 2010 leadership from Renova signed an MOU with the State of California and the Fort Ross Interpretive Association (now Fort Ross Conservancy) with the goal “to raise awareness of the historical and cultural significance” of the fort.
Since that time Renova created the Renova Fort Ross Foundation, a US-based organization that has significantly raised the profile of Fort Ross both here and abroad. Renova Fort Ross Foundation has chosen to fund specific projects that help Fort Ross, but it is not underwriting day-to-day park operations. The list below describes all the Fort Ross Conservancy and California State Parks projects funded by Renova Fort Ross Foundation over the past 18 months. In addition to the projects listed below, Renova Fort Ross Foundation has funded its own Fort Ross-related outreach that will surely benefit Fort Ross for years to come.
Renova Donations from January through April 2018
Fort Ross Festival Sponsorship– $25,000
Renova Fort Ross Foundation funded $25,000 in support of the Fort Ross Festival, an annual public event celebrating the history of the Fort Ross Historic State Park on July 28, 2018.
Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) Expenses —$37,866
SURF is dedicated to bringing students at leading Russian and American universities together for research in public policy, business, economics and many other disciplines, including three days of team building at Fort Ross which took place on March 30 through April 5, 2018. Funding underwrites food, accommodations, transportation, and event expenses for ~40 SURF participants.
Marine Ecology for Little People —$7,600
Renova Fort Ross Foundation support for Marine Ecology for Little People which will allow FRC to expand its Marine Ecology curriculum at Fort Ross to include younger students. Grant allowed us to purchase art supplies and binoculars that fit younger students.
2017 Renova Fort Ross Foundation Donations and Grants Awarded to Fort Ross Conservancy
Renova Fort Ross Foundation has been a proud supporter of Fort Ross Festival for many years, and this event just gets bigger and better with every year!
Support for FRC’s Bilingual Tour Guide–$35,000
Thank you Renova Fort Ross Foundation for underwriting part of Hank Birnbaum’s time in the field at Fort Ross. “Ambassador Hank” shares his enthusiasm and deep knowledge of both Fort Ross and Russia with our park visitors, providing tours and talks in both Russian and English.
Stanford US Russia Forum 2017—$20,565
With underwriting from Renova Fort Ross Foundation, we are so pleased to host the 7th year of the Stanford-US Russia Forum (SURF) at Fort Ross. RFRF funded SURF for a three days of conversation and community service, bringing 40 of our best and brightest university students from the US and Russia to Fort Ross.
FRC Education Fund – $2,694
Renova and FRC believe that all students should have access to quality outdoor education. These funds provide scholarships to underserved students who wish to participate in FRC’s Marine Ecology Program.
This is the first year we welcomed Renova Fort Ross Foundation as a sponsor at our October events and we are very pleased to have them on board. Renova also brought a fantastic photographic exhibit from the Russian National Geographic Society to share with our guests.
2016 Renova Fort Ross Foundation Donations and Grants Awarded to Fort Ross Conservancy
With underwriting from Renova Fort Ross Foundation, we are so pleased to host the sixth year of the Stanford-US Russia Forum (SURF) at Fort Ross. RFRF funded SURF for a three days of conversation and community service, bringing 40 of our best and brightest university students from the US and Russia to Fort Ross.
Renova and FRC believe that all students should have access to quality outdoor education. These funds are used to provide scholarships to underserved students who wish to participate in FRC’s Marine Ecology Program. The FRC Education Fund also receives support from U.S. foundations and private donors.
Renova and FRC believe that all students should have access to quality outdoor education. These funds are used to provide scholarships to underserved students who wish to participate in FRC’s Environmental Living Program.
Stanford US Russia Forum 2014—$19,253.
With underwriting from Renova Fort Ross Foundation, we are so pleased to host the fifth year of the Stanford-US Russia Forum (SURF) at Fort Ross, and each year the exchange program gets better! RFRF funded SURF for a three days of conversation and community service, bringing 40 of our best and brightest university students from the US and Russia to Fort Ross.
Marine Ecology Youth Program—$7,500.
With support from Renova Fort Ross Foundation, the California Coastal Commission, and local donors, FRC is able to offer scholarships to our Marine Ecology Program which ensure that all students have access to quality outdoor education. Thank you Renova for donating to this fund for the second year.
Fort Ross Festival 2015—$25,000.
Renova Fort Ross Foundation sponsored a fantastic Fort Ross Festival, working with us to provide music, family-friendly activities, hands-on crafts, and great food at our favorite summertime event. This year’s festival also included the phenomenal St Petersburg’s Horn Orchestra of Russia, thanks to underwriting from both Renova and Russia’s Ministry of Culture.
2014 Renova Fort Ross Foundation Grants Awarded to Fort Ross Conservancy
Stanford US Russia Forum 2014—$17,795.
Funded the Stanford-US Russia Forum overnight field trip that brings over 40 of tomorrow’s university leaders from the US and Russia to Fort Ross for 48 hours of history, camaraderie, and community service.
Historic Orchard Conference— $9,450.
Renova Fort Ross Foundation has successfully funded two substantial phases of orchard restoration and stabilization. In addition, in 2014 they have underwritten the Historic Orchard Conference to bring together experts from California State Parks, National Parks, and various private organizations to discuss how best to care for this living resource.
Historic Orchard Phase III—$34,600
Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia Dancers Performance in Moscow—$35,000.
The Renova Foundation and the Renova Fort Ross Foundation have underwritten international airfare for the Kashia performers and have designed and sponsored a series of events and a special exhibit at the recently-opened Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow to highlight the Su Nu Nu Shinal dance group. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist with California State Parks, will be joining the performers in Moscow and is slated to speak at the Museum of Tolerance. To read more about this remarkable expedition, see FRC’s Krasnoyarsk Trip Report.
Fort Ross Conservancy Capacity Grant — $50,000.
For the third year, Renova Fort Ross Foundation has provided funding to help Fort Ross Conservancy grow our organization and continue to meet the increasing demands of running our nonprofit. We are very pleased to have this partnership and are grateful for Renova Fort Ross Foundation’s instrumental support.
Bilingual Tours and Audio Tour—$16,000.
This grant will allow FRC to better develop and market its comprehensive bilingual Fort Ross tours. We will develop marketing collateral, partner with travel agencies, and implement a downloadable audio tour and driving guide to better assist visitors coming to our park.
Marine Ecology Youth Program—$12,000.
The history of Fort Ross is inextricably tied to the marine resources of the Pacific Ocean and today Fort Ross provides the perfect outdoor classroom to study both these historic practices and the current health of our ocean. FRC is working with high school teachers to develop a marine ecology program. Our goal is to offer one and two day teaching opportunities at Fort Ross that focus on marine ecology and utilize the data we’ve collected in our marine mammal monitoring program. This additional seed money will help us further develop and test our curriculum. We anticipate bringing our first marine ecology class to Ross in September 2014.
2013 Renova Fort Ross Grants Awarded to Fort Ross Conservancy
Capacity Grant in support of Fort Ross Conservancy staff— $70,000.
While Renova Fort Ross Foundation has provided enormous infrastructure and event support to both FRC and California State Parks, they have determined that their mission does not include supporting day to day park operational costs. Instead, Renova has supported FRC such that we can work towards finding the sustainable path to keeping Fort Ross open and accessible to the public through:
- Outreach – Increase public awareness of Fort Ross both locally and abroad through the creation of brochures, printed materials, and exhibits, as well as event logistics. We have created collateral in both English and Russian to better educate the public about the unique history of Fort Ross.
- Executive staff support – Partially fund three of our executive staff during 2011 and 2012.
Costume Maintenance —$35,000.
Underwrites the proper storage, care, and seamstress upkeep of the thirty historic costumes.
Harvest Festival 2013—$45,219.
Underwriting of Harvest Festival event rentals, performers, permits, etc.
Russian Language Interpreter—$22,000.
Provides two years of funding for a bilingual historic interpreter/guide to be made available to Fort Ross visitors.
Stanford US Russia Forum 2013—$17,795.
Funded the Stanford-US Russia Forum, tomorrow’s leaders from the US and Russia, for 48 hours of history, camaraderie, and community service at Fort Ross.
2012 Renova Fort Ross Grants Awarded to Fort Ross Conservancy and California State Parks
Supported Fort Ross Conservancy in their efforts to publicize the Fort Ross bicentennial through new publications, outreach, event support and PR, etc.
Fort Ross Bicentennial Weekend Celebration—$10,000
Provided underwriting for Fort Ross Bicentennial Weekend. In addition, Renova Fort Ross Foundation supported ground expenses for Pyatnitsky Chorus’ participation at the two-day event. (Companies Chevron, Transneft, and Sovcomflot were also generous sponsors of this event.)
Visitor Center Upgrade—$90,000.
Provided interim improvements to best prepare for 2012 celebrations. These changes – such as new carpeting, lighting, furniture, public media computers, storage for inventory, and upgraded kitchenette – all provide maximum improvements to enhance the visitor experience.
Sound equipment for events at Fort Ross—$25,000.
Purchased podiums, microphones, wireless microphones, and portable amps used at our many events.
Historic Orchard Phase 2 Stabilization—$55,000.
Funds stabilizing the trees and orchard perimeter fencing to better protect this living resource.
New Fort Ross State Historic Park Entrance Sign—$11,948.
Underwrote all costs associated with the purchase and installation of the new park entrance sign at Highway One.
Russian Orthodox Concelebration—$10,000.
Provided event sponsorship for the August 25, 2012, Fort Ross Bicentennial Russian Orthodox Con-Celebration, where hierarchs and clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Orthodox Сhurch in America and other Orthodox jurisdictions will con-celebrate the Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the bicentennial of the establishment of the first Russian settlement in California at Fort Ross.
Springfest 2012 Event —$1,750
Underwrote costs associated with hosting a table at UC Berkeley’s Springfest event.
Stanford-US Russia Forum 2012—$13,500.
Funded the Stanford-US Russia Forum, bringing tomorrow’s leaders from the US and Russia to Fort Ross for an overnight of history, camaraderie, and community service at Fort Ross.
Fort Ross Media Project—$25,000.
Abamedia, an international producer of television, film, new media, and archival properties for the global marketplace, now offers stock footage on Fort Ross, and past and current Fort Ross events through the Fort Ross Media Project.
The historic Fort Ross water well has been deemed unsafe and was slated to be filled in. The well restoration project replaces the failing structure of the well and mitigates the drainage and erosion issues around the well surround. Project is expected to be completed in early 2014
Underwrote costs associated with hosting the unveiling of the replica windmill.
2011 Renova Fort Ross Grants Awarded to Fort Ross Conservancy and California State Parks
Provided support for FRC to prepare and staff bicentennial events, ready website, and publish marketing materials.
Underwrote event expenses pertaining to Cultural Heritage Day in July of 2011.
Costume Grant —$54,786
Thanks to funding by Renova Fort Ross Foundation, the public enjoyed new historic scenarios with actors in a wide array of period costume. The 30 costumes and vignettes continue to be shared with the public.
Library Digitization Project —$20,041
Digitized the rare and unique manuscripts pertaining to Fort Ross that live in FRC’s library, to be made available from this website.
Visit Fort Ross Digital Library.
Museum Displays —$8,600
Design and build a display case for the Visitor Center.
Historic Orchard Phase I—$29,518
Funded the immediate physical protection and improvements to the existing orchard: feral pig trapping, fence replacement/ improvement, and vegetation management.
Funded the writing, layout, and printing of new books and brochures pertaining to Fort Ross.
Stanford-US Russia Forum 2011—$7,208
Funded the Stanford-US Russia Forum, bringing tomorrow’s leaders from the US and Russia universities to Fort Ross for a long day of history, camaraderie, and community service at Fort Ross.
VC Planning —$8,508
Funded the first phase of architectural analysis to determine goals & objectives for remodel the Fort Ross Visitor Center.
Provided support for FRC to prepare and staff bicentennial event calendar.
Grants Awarded to California State Parks
Rotchev Roof Replacement—$158,000.00
Renova Fort Ross Foundation underwrote the cost of re-roofing the Rotchev House. The Rotchev House, built circa 1836, is the only original Russian-built structure at Fort Ross and is the most important structure in the re-created Fort Ross compound. It is a national landmark structure. Grant was awarded in 2011; the new roof was completed in November 2013.
2012 Fort Ross Bicentennial State Parks Staffing—$38,063.
Renova funded California State Park’s interpretive team (ISET) to train for and work the bicentennial weekend, providing the public with hands-on assistance.