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Our Vision, Mission & Core Beliefs

The Old North Foundation embarked on a strategic planning process in late 2020, with support from the National Park Foundation. The plan defines the set of core beliefs that underpin our organization’s programs and operations in the build-up to the 300th anniversary of the church’s founding in 2023 and the 250th anniversary of the lantern signals in 2025. The themes of active citizenship, sacrifice, courage, patriotism, and hope weave together nearly 300 years of history, from the church’s founding in 1723 to the present day. We are excited to share our guiding principles with you.
The Old North Church steeple at night,
The Old North Foundation’s Vision

Our vision describes the world in which we want to live.

The Old North Foundation envisions a future in which everyone will see their stories, struggles, and hopes reflected in places of prominence and our shared American history. Everyone will have the wisdom, tools, access, and passion necessary to build inclusive and equitable communities.

The interior of the Old North Church.
The Old North Foundation’s Mission

Our mission statement describes how The Old North Foundation is going to contribute to creating the world in which our vision is realized.

The Old North Foundation inspires active citizenship and courageous, compassionate leadership by interpreting and preserving the Old North Church & Historic Site.

The Third Lantern at the Old North Church.
The Old North Foundation’s Core Beliefs

Our core beliefs articulate the beliefs on which our programmatic work, operations, and partnerships are based and carried out.

The Old North Foundation believes that:

  • Bravery, patriotism, and active citizenship come in many forms. These acts can inspire both large-scale and local change.
  • Education and respectful dialogue are key to building a more perfect union that reflects the promise of liberty and justice for all.
  • Becoming an anti-racist organization will require active engagement with the legacy of slavery at Old North Church and the ongoing burdens of slavery and racism in our country.
  • By preserving and sharing history, space, and stories, we shape our future.

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