Eisenhower Foundation
200 SE 4th St.
Abilene KS 67410
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (785) 263-6771
Fax 785- 263-6715
Mission Statement
To honor and champion the relevance today of the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Meredith Sleichter
Board Chair Mr. Stephen B. Hauge
Board Chair Company Affiliation Businessman
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1945
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

The generosity of donors like you allows the Foundation to provide exhibits, programs, and events for the thousands of people, including students, teachers, and veterans, who visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home annually. We thank you for your support.

To make an online donation, please visit our website at www.EisenhowerFoundation.net. Gifts of $30 and over qualify for Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation membership benefits. Sponsorships are available by calling 785-263-6771 or info@eisenhowerfoundation.net.

In addition to online donations, the Eisenhower Foundation welcomes donors to contribute by phone at 785-263-6771.

Alternatively, you may mail a check made out to Eisenhower Foundation to: Eisenhower Foundation, P.O. Box 295, Abilene, KS 67410.

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To honor and champion the relevance today of the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy.
Background Statement
Dwight D. Eisenhower is a pivotal figure in American history and an embodiment of the American ideal. Having led the Allies to victory in World War II and laid the foundations for postwar America, Ike’s legacy is an active part of our daily lives. His vision of peace, prosperity, and justice in the world offers this generation a timely and relevant example for character leadership.
The Eisenhower Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was established in 1945 after the Allied victory in Europe to honor World War II veterans and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1947, the Foundation opened Eisenhower’s Boyhood Home and in 1954, the Museum. After President Eisenhower left the White House, the existing buildings were donated to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Foundation raised $3.5 million to build the Eisenhower Presidential Library, which was dedicated in 1962. Today, five buildings on 22 acres constitute the Eisenhower Presidential Campus — the Library, Museum, Boyhood Home, Visitors Center, and Place of Meditation.
The Eisenhower Presidential Campus is a national treasure with endless possibilities. The federal government, through NARA, offers support for archival staff and campus maintenance, however, any exhibit updates, K-12 and public education programs, and community events must be funded through the efforts of the Foundation.
In recent years, the Eisenhower Foundation has experienced transformational growth - advancing from a local organization to a national movement. To continue building on this momentum, the Foundation is seeking support for the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. This Campaign will result in the exhibit renovation of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and the expansion of IKEducation.
Impact Statement
  1. Raised 98% of the total $12.25-million capital campaign goal for the comprehensive exhibit renovation.
  2. Transitioned to the final renovation phase, scheduled to conclude in summer 2019.
  3. Cultivated key percentage of capital campaign support from Kansas City-area donors.
2019 Goals:
  1. Conclude capital campaign by securing remaining $275,527 by June.
  2. Complete renovation so that the Museum will reopen in 2019.
  3. Host 75th D-Day Commemoration that garners national media attention.
  4. Install a temporary exhibit and offer lecture series at the Central Kansas City Public Library in January.
Needs Statement
  1. Secure the required funding, $12,250,000, for the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign to complete planned renovations for the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and increase support for IKEducation. To-date, more than 98% ($11.9 million) of the overall goal has been secured.
  2. Continue recruiting a diverse group of talented and committed volunteers to assist with the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign and other special events.
  3. Increase the value of Ike's Field Trip Fund in order to bring more students from across the state and nation onsite to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum for rich learning experiences. Donations to this fund are used to reimburse schools for transportation costs associated with visiting Abilene, Kansas.
  4. Secure sustainable funding for the world-class exhibits (Common Path de Gaulle and Eisenhower at Musée de l'Armée Invalides in Paris), events (75th D-Day Commemoration), and programs enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home annually.
  5. Generate support for the IKEducation Digital Platform, an innovative, state-of-the-art online platform that uses a mobile application to enable visitors to view historic Eisenhower footage, speeches, and other content within the context of the Museum.
Service Categories
Historical Societies & Historic Preservation
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home is located in Abilene, Kansas.  Visitors are primarily from Kansas. However, people and scholars from the U.S., and even other countries, regularly attend programs. In 2019, we will expand our reach to serve people in Kansas City and Chicago by hosting a temporary exhibit, lecture series and 75th commemoration  of D-Day.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Thanks to you, our generous donors, we have been able to accomplish so much in 2018. The Eisenhower Presidential Museum renovation project continues to progress on schedule. IKEducation is reaching new audiences from Kansas and beyond. And programs at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are seeing record attendance.
Recently, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, MO, awarded a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation and Library that is bringing Ike's legacy into the Kansas City area. In partnership with the Kansas City Public Library, Eisenhower's Middle Road exhibit will be on display in the Central Library's Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery (Central Kansas City Public Library - 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO), from January 23 through May 24, 2019.
Produced by the archival and curatorial staff of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, explores the many ways President Eisenhower, whose leadership style reflected his Midwestern upbringing, led America from the middle to accomplish what those on the extremes thought impossible.
In addition to the temporary exhibit, a special public program, featuring a different scholar or author, will be presented every month at Central Library from January through May, with a meet and greet reception preceding each event.
We are thrilled to be partnering with the Kansas City Public Library on this exhibit and related programs. Thanks to the Kauffman Foundation, we are able to share Eisenhower’s Middle Road legacy with Kansas City.
For those in or traveling to the Kansas City area, we hope you will put these scheduled dates in your calendar, and share this with your family and friends.
Thank you again for all you do to help us preserve the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Best Regards,
Meredith Sleichter
Executive Director
As the triumphs of World War II and the progress and prosperity of the 1950s become a distant memory for most Americans, today’s students are further removed from the period. Realizing the challenge of sharing this rich history with generations for whom Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lifetime is relatively unknown, the Eisenhower Foundation developed IKEducation.
The mission of IKEducation is to provide every K-12 student, either online or onsite, with an innovative educational experience that enhances their understanding of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and World War II Supreme Allied Commander. IKEducation has developed 31 unique programs, all of which align to national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and utilize primary sources from the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. Programs are provided to visiting school groups free of charge and are facilitated by professional educators.
Program Budget $295,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Since launching in fall 2013, IKEducation has served over 20,000 students and teachers onsite at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas, and has developed 16 online programs that can be implemented in classrooms across the country.
IKEducation students demonstrate enhanced knowledge and interest in historical topics, such as World War II and the Holocaust. Thank you letters from students include references to facts they learned from programs and gallery activities. In addition, students learn appropriate museum behavior and manners while on their field trip.
Teachers consistently report through evaluations that programs fulfilled their expectations, were grade-level appropriate, and met curriculum standards. In addition, teachers frequently offer additional thanks to the IKEducation staff for their hard work and the expertise that was shared with their students.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal of IKEducation is to inspire by example - demonstrating to student participants that where you start in life does not determine what you can accomplish. Considered to be from the wrong side of the tracks, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s character, values, and diligent pursuit of a purposeful life led him from the nation’s heartland to the center of the world stage as Supreme Allied Commander and President of the United States.
In addition, IKEducation is designed to build audiences for the arts and cultural activities, especially among underserved populations, by introducing history and primary sources to students at an early age. Programs are designed for specific grade levels and meet students where they are academically. Through first-hand experiences with artifacts and documents, IKEducation inspires students’ curiosity for learning about the past, that the student will take with them into the future.
Program Success Monitored By
IKEducation maintains extensive attendance records. Since launching in 2013, IKEducation has served over 20,000 students and teachers. Projecting a 25% increase in attendance each year, IKEducation anticipates having reached over 40,000 participants by the end of 2020.
IKEducation evaluates program effectiveness through teacher evaluations. From these evaluations, teachers overwhelmingly report that:
  • Programs fulfilled their expectations
  • Programs met curriculum standards
  • Programs were grade-level appropriate
  • Programs were enjoyable overall
  • The IKEducator facilitated the programs well
  • The IKEducator worked well with students
Examples of Program Success
During the 2016-17 academic year, 7,753 students and teachers participated in 173 IKEducation field trips to the Eisenhower Presidential Campus. IKEducation receives numerous thank you letters from students and teachers.
  • One elementary student wrote: "Thank you for inviding [sic] us to learn about Ike. And my three favorite things are Ike banner, Chisholm Trail, Museum Bingo." 
  • One high school student commented: “Coolest history lesson ever!”
  • An elementary school teacher wrote: “Everything was organized so well. I feel like every program was very informative, the kids LOVED them, and everything went along so well with our social studies standards.” 
  • A middle school teacher commented: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience for most of the students!”
  • A high school teacher wrote: “Thanks for the great program. I am looking forward to continuing to incorporate this as part of my curriculum. What IKEducation does is such a great thing for our students.”
Description The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home hosts authors and researchers from all over the world to present at lectures. These programs make current research accessible to a broad audience.
Program Budget $100,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success People who attend scholar lectures hosted by the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home gain knowledge about current historical research. As documents from the Library’s archives continue to be declassified, new research impacts the way in which these historical events are remembered.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of the scholar lecture series is to foster understanding and appreciation for historical events and topics among the general public.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance records are maintained for programs. Since the time of day and year for each event differs, indicators for success vary. Onsite, each program is expected to draw at least 50 attendees, while offsite programs depend on the area in which the program is presented.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, the Eisenhower Foundation provided support to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home for 75 public programs that were attended by 17,758 people.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Kauffman Foundation, the archival and curatorial staff of the Eisenhower Presidential Library partnered to fabricate and install, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, a temporary exhibit in the Mountain Gallery of the Central Kansas City Public Library. The exhibit, open to the public from Jan. 23 to May 24, 2019, tells the fascinating story of Eisenhower’s leadership style as 34th U.S. president. That style mirrored his practical Midwestern roots. It spotlights a prescription for peace and prosperity that guided Ike. He relentlessly sought balance for America — the pursuit and preservation of social gains, for instance, while refraining from government overreach. The exhibit explores six key areas reflecting that approach.

Program Budget $95,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Library
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The first program held on January 23, 2019, with a presentation by William I. Hitchcock, author of, The Age of Eisenhower, at the Central Kansas City Public Library was well-received with 255 guests attending.

Donor cultivation and development is progressing well. About 100 people attended a reception with light refreshments at the Kansas City Public Library prior to the January speaker event. In addition, Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation, Julie Kemper Foyer and Chris and Hibberd Kline, hosted an intimate dinner for major donors and potential major donors to the Eisenhower Foundation after the program.

Long-Term Success
  • To successfully (re)introduce Eisenhower to a diverse, Kansas City-area audience to highlight his contemporary relevance; and
  • To use real-world examples of Ike's decisions to promote public discussion.
Program Success Monitored By

We will monitor program success by analyzes program data including attendance records, donation reports and visitor surveys. We will record the number of temporary exhibit and special program visitors using ACME Technologies VSS, a visitor management database. Additionally, we will use DonorPerfect, a donor management database, to track and record information about new and existing members of the Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation program who visit the exhibit and/or attend related programming. In addition, program participants are surveyed about their experience with programming to ensure their specific audience needs are being met.

Examples of Program Success

Incidentally, the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history coincided with this project's timeline. This created a significant 34-day barrier to our federal colleagues who were not permitted to work during this time period. Fortunately, enough work was completed before the shutdown that we successfully moved forward. The temporary exhibit, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, opened on-time and on-budget.

Description The Research Travel Grant Program encourages scholars to utilize the rich holdings of the Eisenhower Presidential Library to conduct research on topics that result in publication. Grants are awarded to individual researchers on a competitive basis to cover a portion of expenses traveling and while in Abilene, Kansas, using the Library’s collections. Applications are accepted in the spring.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Library
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Many scholars who receive Research Travel Grants are only able to complete their research because of the funding provided. Scholars are incredibly appreciative of grants and often credit the Eisenhower Foundation in their work. In addition, these scholars are asked to present programs and lectures about their research for the general public and, in some cases, lend their content expertise to exhibits produced by the Eisenhower Presidential Museum.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of the Research Travel Grant Program is to provide scholars from all over the world the opportunity to conduct research at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and produce publications based on their findings. New research and publications about Dwight D. Eisenhower honor his legacy and maintain his relevancy today. In the last year, at least 12 publications have been printed about Eisenhower.
Program Success Monitored By The Eisenhower Foundation receives over 25 applications from prospective grantees each year, far exceeding the number of requests that are able to be funded.
Examples of Program Success
“Thank you for the generous travel award that made my May 2015 trip to the Eisenhower Library possible. My research trip was even more productive than I had hoped. I’m busy at work on a chapter about People-to-People. I will be sure to keep the Foundation posted and to send copies of future publications. I greatly appreciate the honor the award conveys.”
“Several years ago the Eisenhower Library Foundation awarded me a travel grant. As a condition of my acceptance of that grant I was required to send you a copy of any publication that was the product of my research at the Library. I am pleased to enclose a copy of my new book. In addition, in gratitude to the Foundation and in an attempt to pave the way for future scholars who will need funding to do research at the Library, I have enclosed a check to be used at the Foundation’s discretion for its important educational activities. The work I did at the Eisenhower Library was an essential component in the completion of this book.”
CEO Comments

In addition to the above programs, we are thrilled that 2019 presents us with a unique opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We are fully committed to ensuring Abilene, Kansas, is one of the premier destinations to participate in the global commemoration in June 2019. This will provide the perfect opportunity for World War II veterans to pay their final respects to their Supreme Allied Commander, General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and for Kansans to pay their respects to our remaining World War II Veterans. For more information, visit: http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/640/D-Day-75-Commemoration. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Meredith Sleichter
Term Start Dec 2009
Experience Meredith Sleichter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology and Mass Communication from Kansas State University. Meredith bears overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, fundraising, and execution of the Eisenhower Foundation’s mission. In addition, she maintains strong working relationships with Dawn Hammatt, Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, and the Foundation Board of Directors. Meredith has been with the Eisenhower Foundation for eight years and has 22 years of experience in the field.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Education
Title Director of Development
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Paid Contractors 5
Volunteers 41
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 12
Other 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 13
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

The Eisenhower Foundation's primary partner is the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. Through this partnership, the Foundation's offices are located on the Eisenhower Presidential Campus, and all programs are funded by the Foundation.

Since the foundation's creation, Eisenhower Legacy Organizations have been established, including The American Assembly, Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, Eisenhower Fellowships, and People to People International.

Other partners include: Kansas State University, Kansas City Public Library, the Dickinson County Historical Society, Butterfly Project, Dickinson County Arts Council, and many others.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Hauge
Company Affiliation Businessman
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Email hauge4@aol.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. James Hagerty
Company Affiliation Kalbain Hagerty LLP
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Email jhagerty@kalbianhagerty.com
Board Members
Ms. Ann Brownell SloaneCharitable Foundations Consultant
Mr. Kyle CampbellPresident & CEO, Astra Bank
Ms. Mary Jean EisenhowerMJ Eisenhower & Associates
Mr. David EisenhowerChairman Emeritus, Author and Scholar
Mr. James R. HagertyPartner, Kalbian Hagerty LLP
Mr. Stephen B. HaugeBusiness Consultant
Mr. Tim HolmHolm Automotive Center
Ms. Cynthia L. HostetlerCorporate Board Member
Mr. Tony OrlandoMusician, Entertainer & Veteran's Advocate
Mr. Nicolas J. PlattHartley Dodge Foundation
Mr. Kevin RooneyBank of America
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $6,320,435
Projected Expenses $6,174,811
Endowment Value $173,676
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$21,797$1,919$150
Membership Dues$47,813$38,202$28,471
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$55,254$75,304
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,795,004$910,022$706,431
Administration Expense$114,924$105,808$105,314
Fundraising Expense$522,430$1,025,387$1,091,114
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.891.561.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%45%37%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,799,297$2,157,404$995,476
Current Assets$3,881,377$2,087,112$936,111
Long-Term Liabilities$0$837$3,486
Current Liabilities$82,712$59,300$37,333
Total Net Assets$6,716,585$2,097,267$954,657
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities46.9335.2025.07
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $2,500,000Dane G. Hansen Foundation $535,000Hall Family Foundation $415,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $1,000,000Hall Family Foundation $350,000Individual Donor $75,178
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSunderland Foundation $750,000Sunderland Foundation $250,000Individual Donor $50,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Comprehensive exhibit renovation of Eisenhower Presidential Museum and expansion onsite and online of IKEducation K-12 program.
Goal $12,250,000.00
Dates Mar 2015 to June 2019
Amount Raised to Date $11,974,473.00 as of Jan 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign Progress Report 1/31/192019View
75th D-Day Commemoration Sponsorship Levels2019View
Middle Road2019View
IKEducation Report Card2018View
Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership case statement2017View
Organization Name Eisenhower Foundation
Address 200 SE 4th St.
Abilene, KS 67410
Primary Phone (785) 263-6771
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Meredith Sleichter
Board Chair Mr. Stephen B. Hauge
Board Chair Company Affiliation Businessman
Year of Incorporation 1945