This year marks 75 years since World War II came to an end in 1945. Americans were eager to reunite and begin building toward a new future. At that time, a group of Kansans had an actual building in mind for the future; one that would serve as a memorial to General Eisenhower and all World War II veterans.
When Ike returned home in June 1945 the Eisenhower Foundation was established. We are honored and humbled by your loyal, grassroots support for 75 years. This has allowed us to maintain and expand our mission to ensure the stories and values from the Greatest Generation are passed on to future generations.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission continues, and we issued a challenge. If our donors could raise $37,500 by the end of June, we would create an internal challenge to match it dollar-for-dollar – totaling $75,000 – in honor of the Eisenhower Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Thanks to your overwhelming response, donations from 32 states totaled $62,000 and our Board of Directors, Trustees, and Staff matched this with $40,000, for a total of $102,000!
These gifts are being used to make changes to our website which will position us to serve donors and educate future generations well into the next 75 years. The new website will be a digital bridge between Eisenhower's legacy and the 21st century.
While you will notice the color scheme remains the same, the biggest visual difference is in the IKEducation area of our website. This section provides the initial infrastructure for the Virtual IKEducation Classroom. Designed as a web-based K-12 learning community that challenges and engages students and helps teachers design their own curriculum using our extensive resources, it will continue to be "built out" as our IKEducation team works to meet the needs of teachers and students.
Just like any building project, there will be some things that need to be “tweaked” along the way. And since we don’t know what those tweaks are yet, you can expect us to seek your input as we continue to grow and improve this site. Thank you for your patience and valuable input as we work to make the website a place for “all things Ike.”