Eisenhower Foundation
200 SE 4th St.
Abilene KS 67410
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 Ms. Ann Brownell Sloane
Board Chair Company Affiliation Charitable Foundations Consul
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1945
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 Center — the Library, Museum, Boyhood Home, Visitors Center, and Place of Meditation.
The Eisenhower Presidential Center 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 two major initiatives: capital and programs.
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments:
  1. The Eisenhower Foundation secured the funding necessary to begin the second of three phases, the Design Phase, of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum renovation project.
  2. IKEducation increased K-12 onsite programming at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home by 94%, from 4,286 students and teachers during the 2014-15 academic year to 8,316 students and teachers during the 2015-16 academic year.
  3. The Eisenhower Foundation and the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home worked together on a year-long project to develop a joint website and logo, creating a more seamless experience for all users - a feat only two other Presidential Foundations and Libraries have accomplished.
  4. The Eisenhower Foundation's annual Legacy Gala and Eisenhower Bridge Benefit both had record-breaking attendance, as well as donations.
  5. The Eisenhower Foundation worked with Hallmark to reproduce cards that featured four of Eisenhower's paintings, as well as the 1958 Hallmark Christmas card Ike and Mamie Eisenhower sent to their friends and family.

2017 Goals:
  1. The Eisenhower Foundation will work with The PRD Group, a nationally recognized museum exhibit design firm, to design the new Eisenhower Presidential Museum. The Design Phase, the second of three phases for the project, is scheduled to conclude April 2018.
  2. The Eisenhower Foundation will launch a Facebook account and utilize other social media and marketing outlets to reach a national and global audience.
  3. The Eisenhower Foundation will continue to expand outreach through IKEducation. Student attendance onsite will grow by at least 25% to 9,564 and the new website will drive online program usage in classrooms throughout the country.
Needs Statement
  1. Raise the required funding, $11,750,000, 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, over 50% of the overall goal has been secured.
  2. Continue recruiting volunteers to assist with the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.
  3. Grow 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. Donations to this fund are used to reimburse schools for transportation costs associated with visiting Abilene, Kansas.
  4. Secure funding for and develop the IKEducation Experience, a series of online interactive video vignettes that will bring to life the historical events of Eisenhower's life. These Experiences will be used as portable exhibits while the Eisenhower Presidential Museum is closed for renovation and will become an integral part of the permanent exhibits when the Museum re-opens on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2019.
  5. Continue enhancing the digital curriculum offered by IKEducation online at www.EisenhowerFoundation.net by integrating applications for smartphones and tablets.
Service Categories
Historical Societies & Historic Preservation
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
When I was just thirteen years old I worked for one of the most demanding bosses I have ever had: my grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Ike had just traded in the White House for his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania when he hired me on to paint his rows of never-ending white fences and pull weeds from his garden for thirty cents an hour. You might think having your grandfather as a boss would lend you special privileges, but “the General” had high standards for his employees – and I was no exception. I learned that the hard way one spring day when Granddad caught me playing cards with my friends when I was supposed to be working. He fired me on the spot and sent me home. I was embarrassed that I had been caught neglecting my duties. More importantly, I felt deep regret that I had disappointed my hero. Later that afternoon, “the General” picked me up in his old Chrysler Imperial to take me golfing. Neither of us said a word as we began playing our way through the course. On the third hole, Granddad finally broke the silence. “I allow all of my associates one mistake a year,” he said. “You've had yours.” Granddad hired me back that afternoon, and I never played cards during work hours again!
Now, most young people these days would say my grandfather was too strict. But that experience taught me an important lesson in hard work, responsibility, and forgiveness. Those values he instilled in me are far more valuable than the thirty cents an hour I earned pulling weeds.
I wish every teenage boy could have a grandfather like President Eisenhower. The example he set for me – and for millions of other Americans – is exactly what this nation needs.
Please take a moment to read the information from my friends at the Eisenhower Foundation. I know once you do, you will be inspired to join me in supporting their worthy projects. Thank you so much.
Dwight David Eisenhower II, Chairman Emeritus and Grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower
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 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; 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.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Since launching in fall 2013, IKEducation has increased school programming at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home tenfold, growing from 400 participants per academic year to over 8,000 during the 2015-2016 school year.
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 the hard work and 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. From the 2014-2015 academic year to the 2015-2016 academic year, school program attendance grew by 93% at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. Projecting a 25% increase in attendance each year, IKEducation anticipates having reached over 57,000 participants by 2020.
IKEducation evaluates program effectiveness through teacher evaluations. From these evaluations, 100% of teachers reported:
  • 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
IKEducation receives numerous thank you letters from students and teachers.
  • One elementary student wrote: “Thank you for showing us Ike’s house. Also for letting us watch the movie and showing us the artifacts. I also like the toys. BEST MUSEUM EVER!!!” 
  • 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, such as "Ike, Harry, and the Constitution," sponsored by the W.T. Kemper Foundation, and the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Brownbag Series. These programs make current research accessible to a broad audience.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
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 2016, the Eisenhower Foundation provided support to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home for 59 public programs that were attended by 23,604 people.
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 while in Abilene, Kansas using the Library’s collections. Applications are accepted in the spring.
Category Education, General/Other Library
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
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 two years, there have been 18 publications 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.”
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 Karl Weissenbach, Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, and the Foundation Board of Directors. Meredith has been with the Eisenhower Foundation for six years and has 21 years of experience in the field.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Education
Title Director of Development
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 41
Paid Contractors 0
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Ann Brownell Sloane
Company Affiliation Charitable Foundations Consul
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Ms. Ann Brownell Sloane Charitable Foundations Consul
Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower MJ Eisenhower & Associates
Mr. James R. Hagerty Kalbian Hagerty LLP
Mr. Stephen B. Hauge Business Consultant
Mr. Tim Holm Holm Automotive Center
Ms. Cynthia L. Hostetler Corporate Board Member
Mr. Mike King Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.
Mr. Tony Orlando Musician, Entertainer & Veteran's Advocate
Ms. Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld Independent Public Relations and Communications Professional
Mr. Kevin Rooney Bank of America
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
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, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,805,500
Projected Expenses $1,793,079
Endowment Value $159,553
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$23,050
Individual Contributions$0$0--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$150$288$306
Membership Dues$28,471$37,016$31,233
Special Events$0$877,535$66,791
Revenue In-Kind$75,304$0$23,050
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$706,431$570,323$645,165
Administration Expense$105,314$206,077$98,034
Fundraising Expense$1,091,114$842,779$106,812
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.190.781.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses37%35%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue50%69%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$995,476$759,330$985,764
Current Assets$936,111$712,079$936,383
Long-Term Liabilities$3,486$3,815$15,214
Current Liabilities$37,333$161,985$18,123
Total Net Assets$954,657$593,530$952,427
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.074.4051.67
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $415,000Individual Donor $50,000Hall Family Foundation $350,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $75,178Individual Donor $50,000Individual Donor $100,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $50,000Individual Donor $28,000William T. Kemper Foundation $50,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Comprehensive renovation of Eisenhower Presidential Museum and expansion onsite and online of IKEducation K-12 program.
Goal $11,750,000.00
Amount Raised to Date $5,900,000.00 as of Jan 2017
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 Ms. Ann Brownell Sloane
Board Chair Company Affiliation Charitable Foundations Consul
Year of Incorporation 1945