This past year was a good year because of our loyal donors. Thank you for your gifts, dedication to our cause, and trust in our work. 2020 was a year that was anything but normal, and while many nonprofits struggled, your gifts helped us not only meet our budget needs, but continue to create meaningful impact.
Like everyone, the way in which we implemented our organization’s mission completely changed in March of 2020. We were forced to cancel school field trips for more than 2,500 students and teachers and completely pivot to serving them virtually. We were forced to cancel all of our face-to- face meetings with donors and pivot to communicating exclusively through mail, email and telephone conversations. In spite of this, we accomplished great things in the year 2020:
In June, the Board of Directors and Trustees issued a challenge. If our donors would contribute $37,500 they would 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 it was matched with $40,000 for a total of $102,000!
We launched a new website which will position us to serve donors and educate future generations well into the next 75 years. The new website is a digital bridge between Eisenhower’s legacy and the 21st century.
We partnered with the Eisenhower Memorial Commission to transition the rich online resources that were created during the development of the physical Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. While the National Park Service assumed the management of the Eisenhower Memorial last September, we are acquiring the digital resources and will feature them on our website.
We moved IKEducation and public programs to an online platform. This resulted in guests from 20 states and from as far away as Puerto Rico, Canada and Hungary. Last fall, IKEducation implemented weekly live programs which have served 5,000 people. Offering virtual programs also provided an opportunity to partner with other organizations, including the Truman Presidential Library, National World War II Museum, and the Presidential Primary Sources Project.
All of this was possible because of your continued support and dedication to our mission. Thank you for being a partner in our success!