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Year-end Giving

2020: A Year in Review; A Reason to Give

Dear Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation,

On behalf of the Eisenhower Foundation, we hope you and your loved ones are in good health during this holiday season. While 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty, one thing is clear: our generous donors from across the country have remained loyal. Your continued support is a testament to the strength of this organization and we are proud of what we have accomplished together.

Like everyone, the way in which we implemented our organization’s mission completely changed in March. We were forced to cancel IKEducation school field trips for more than 2,500 students and teachers and completely pivot to serving teachers and students 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 achieved great things:

  1. In June, the Board of Directors and Trustees issued a challenge. If our donors would contribute $37,500 the Board and Trustees 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. This was matched with $40,000 for a total of $102,000!

  2. The Eisenhower Foundation launched a new website that will position us to educate future generations and serve donors well into the next 75 years. The new website is a digital bridge between Eisenhower’s legacy and the 21st century.

  3. 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 when it opened in September, we are acquiring the digital resources and will feature them on our website within the coming months.

  4. We moved the IKEducation programs and  Eisenhower Presidential Library public programs to an online platform. To date, this has resulted in guests from 20 states and from as far away as Puerto Rico, Canada, and Hungary. In September, IKEducation began weekly live programs which have served at least 2,600 participants this semester. 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 an important partner in our success. As we look to 2021, your support is more important than ever. And that is why I must ask, will you please make one final tax-deductible contribution to the Eisenhower Foundation this year? Your gift will help us build and launch the IKEducation Virtual Classroom, a web-based, K-12 learning community that challenges and engages students and helps teachers design their own curriculum using our extensive primary sources.

Every gift, no matter the size, is truly appreciated, and only you know what amount is right for you to give. Together, we are preserving the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Greatest Generation. Thank you for your trust in our work and your continued support.

Sincerely,

Meredith Sleichter, Executive Director

P.S. Will you make one last tax-deductible contribution to the Eisenhower Foundation this year? In honor of our 75th anniversary, gifts of $100 or more will receive a special, limited-edition champagne flute. Please click on the red donate button to make your year-end gift today.

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Your year-end gift will be used to develop our IKEducation Virtual Classroom and support all of our education programs as we strive to preserve the values Ike stood for.

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