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The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower — Abilene Homecoming Speech, June 22, 1945

October 14, 2021

Dear Kansas Friend,

General Dwight D. Eisenhower said these very words just two months after accepting the surrender of Nazi Germany, ending World War II in Europe. Now etched for eternity on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at the Eisenhower Memorial, these words are a true representation of the man who led the Allied  Forces to victory, liberating an entire continent from the horrors of Hitler, and then went on to champion freedom around the world as President of the United States.

In the years since Eisenhower served as a five-star general of the Army and president of our nation, countless buildings, schools, parks, and organizations have been named in his honor. As his legacy and position in history continue to rise, the importance of his Kansas roots becomes more evident.

It was Abilene, Kansas, a small, rural town, where Ike learned the values that shaped him into the great leader he is remembered as today. It was here, in the Midwest where he was taught the values he relied on throughout his life.

Now, I need your help to make sure those values are passed on to future generations. Many of you are aware that in 2020, we commemorated the Eisenhower Foundation’s 75th anniversary. At the same time, the world was turned upside down by the pandemic. As a result, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) closed the Museum and campus, and the Eisenhower Foundation was forced to transition to a remote working model for our team. This was an important opportunity to carefully re-examine our organization’s space and digital needs. We believe that fully seizing this opportunity will be crucial to sustaining our organization for the next 75 years.

A Special Opportunity for our Donors: Kansas Income Tax Credits

This document contains preliminary information about our strategic plan. The Board of Directors believe that this strategic plan, and particularly the IKEducation Center, is worthy of national support. But before we share this idea with the nation, or even the rest of Kansas, we want to share it with those closest to the Eisenhower Foundation first, our donors. That’s where you come in.

In honor of Ike's Kansas roots, the Eisenhower Foundation has partnered with the State of Kansas to offer tax credits to Kansans in exchange for a donation to our organization. Eligible donations of at least $1,000 will receive a tax credit equal to 50% of the total contribution. All resident individual, corporate, or privilege taxpayers are eligible. We have a limited amount of tax credits to issue, and we have an aggressive goal to distribute these credits by December 31st.

The expansion of IKEducation programs in a post-pandemic world will require a unique space to safely and effectively serve Kansas students both in-person and virtually. Educators and parents are seeking virtual learning resources to facilitate learning that happens both from home and at school. It is essential for IKEducation to have a dedicated space with state-of-the-art digital technology to teach Kansas students about Ike’s unparalleled accomplishments as Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and the 34th President of the United States.

All gifts received in exchange for tax credits by December 31st will advance us to the next step in our strategic plan by helping us secure the location and engage an architect to develop a design concept for the IKEducation Center. In addition, it will create a pool of funds that we can proudly claim as a lead gift – a gift from Kansas, Ike’s home state.

Because your gift is so crucial sooner rather than later, we have a matching gift opportunity. If we are able to secure $650,000 by December 31, 2021, a member of our Board of Directors has agreed to commit an additional $50,000! I have the same faith in the people of Kansas that General and President Eisenhower had, so I’m confident we can reach this goal by the end of the year.  

But more importantly, it is vital that we secure the legacy to set the stage for the next 75 years, so our own children in our own state will continue to look toward Ike as a role model. If our children can see what a “barefoot boy” from Kansas can accomplish when he works hard, it will inspire them to become leaders and heroes in their own way. Will you please join us?

I encourage you to visit with your tax professional to determine what amount is right for you. Please know your donation is important. We cannot teach future Kansans the importance of citizenship without an outpouring of support from our state.

Your participation in the Kansas Tax Credit program will help us reach our goal of raising $650,000 so we can receive the $50,000 additional commitment from a member of our Board of Directors. This will result in a total of $700,000 for us to advance to the next step in our strategic plan.

Thank you so much for considering this urgent request. I look forward to receiving your response.

Sincerely, 

Meredith Sleichter, Executive Director

P.S. If you help us raise $650,000 for the Kansas Tax Credit program, you will help us secure a top-off gift of $50,000 from a member of our Board of Directors. BUT, we must receive your donation by December 31, 2021.

 

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To take advantage of the Kansas Tax Credit program, please download and fill out a pledge form.

We are grateful to have you as a partner in the effort to help educate others about Ike's legacy as the Eisenhower Foundation looks to the next 75 years.

 

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It’s no secret that Ike considered his greatest accomplishment to be his Kansas upbringing. 

In honor of Ike's Kansas roots, the Eisenhower Foundation has partnered with the State of Kansas to offer tax credits to Kansans in exchange for a donation to our organization. Eligible donations must be received between January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2025, and tax credits are equal to 50% of the total contribution. We encourage you to visit with your tax professional to receive maximum benefit.

Any resident individual, corporate, or privilege taxpayer is eligible. Donations of at least $1,000 per taxable year qualify. Non-resident individual taxpayers do not qualify for the tax credit.

As a note, the amount of credit shall not exceed $25,000 for any resident individual taxpayer subject to the income tax or $50,000 for any taxpayer subject to the income tax on corporations or the privilege tax on financial institutions.

Please visit the Kansas Department of Revenue website for more information.