Also known as Preservation North Carolina, the organization is North Carolina's only private statewide historic preservation nonprofit. Founded in 1939, it's mission is to protect and promote buildings, sites and landscapes important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. Through its nationally-recognized Endangered Properties Program, Preservation NC acquires endangered historic properties and finds new lives for them, permanently protecting them with covenants and/or easements. Among PNC’s other activities are the operation of two major museum properties, public education, publications, and legislative advocacy. Preservation North Carolina is supported by a membership of more than 4,100. Its members vary widely in age, race, income, and gender; approximately 90% of the members reside in North Carolina. PNC’s operating budget for 2006 is approximately $1.4 million, all of which comes from private sources.