Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National & Intl. Affairs
5151 Troost Ave, Ste 300
Kansas City MO 64110
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 4001214
Fax 816- 400-1213
Mission Statement

The Truman Library Institute’s mission is to bring the life and legacy of Harry S. Truman to bear on current and future generations through understanding of history, the presidency, domestic and foreign policy, and citizenship.

In service to our mission we will:

  • Build the partnership between the Truman Library Institute and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.
  • Expand and energize the community of donors, volunteers and scholars who support the Museum and Library through the Institute.
  • Preserve and broaden access among a wide range of audiences to the historical record of Harry S. Truman’s life, his presidency, and his example for American civic life.
  • Encourage relevant scholarship and educational projects.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. M. Alex Burden
Board Chair Mr. Clyde F. Wendel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vice Chairman (Ret.), UMB Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1957
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are a number of ways in which you can support our nation’s best presidential library and museum. 

We encourage you to visit trumanlibraryinstitute.org to explore the various opportunities for providing charitable support. You may also contact Kim Rausch, Director of Development, at (816) 400-1214 or kim.rausch@trumanlibraryinstitute.org to learn more about the Truman Library’s membership program, the annual Wild About Harry fundraising dinner, matching gifts, making a planned gift, special underwriting initiatives or capital campaign support.
 
Volunteers also play a vital role in the continued success of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. In fact, it is the ongoing commitment from volunteers which enables all of our nation’s presidential libraries to continue providing the best possible services to the public - from educational outreach and community programming, to museum visitors and researchers accessing the archives.
For information about the Truman Library's docent program or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Jennifer Vitela at (816) 268-8212 or jennifer.vitela@nara.gov.
Financial Summary
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CEO/Executive Director Comments
Organization Comments
As one of our nation's 14 presidential libraries, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is an international heritage site, an essential contributor to the rich cultural life of our city and an important resource for students, teachers and researchers alike.
 
The caliber of our exhibits and programs reflect Truman's own wishes for his library - ensuring access to the president's papers and the study of the presidency, teaching the importance of civic engagement, and inspiring young people for generations to come. 
Alex Burden, Executive Director 
Statements
Mission Statement

The Truman Library Institute’s mission is to bring the life and legacy of Harry S. Truman to bear on current and future generations through understanding of history, the presidency, domestic and foreign policy, and citizenship.

In service to our mission we will:

  • Build the partnership between the Truman Library Institute and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.
  • Expand and energize the community of donors, volunteers and scholars who support the Museum and Library through the Institute.
  • Preserve and broaden access among a wide range of audiences to the historical record of Harry S. Truman’s life, his presidency, and his example for American civic life.
  • Encourage relevant scholarship and educational projects.
Background Statement

This Library will belong to the people of the United States. My papers will be the property of the people and be accessible to them. And this is as it should be. The papers of the Presidents are among the most valuable sources of material for history. They ought to be preserved, and they ought to be used.

 —Harry S. Truman, New York City, May 8, 1954


 

The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum is one of 14 presidential libraries operated by the federal government. Overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration, the Truman Library was established in 1957 to preserve the papers, artifacts, and other historical materials relating to former President Harry S. Truman and to make them available to the people in a place suitable for exhibit and research. The Library also serves as the headquarters for the institution’s robust education programs and scholarly research.

The Truman Library Institute is the non-profit organization founded by President Truman to help his presidential library flourish as a classroom for democracy. The Institute provides the financial, programmatic, creative and staffing support necessary to transform the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum into an invaluable cultural asset and unparalleled educational resource for the Greater Kansas City community. The Institute and the Library share a common vision to ensure that people are inspired, enriched, and empowered through the many resources of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. This is achieved through the following strategies and programs:

  • Museum exhibitions, museum-based community programs
  • A comprehensive suite of immersive, onsite education programs as well as classroom based activities and resources
  • Community-based public programs, signature events, award ceremonies, and historic commemorations
  • Research grants, scholarly awards and fellowships
  • Digital archives
  • Communications, marketing, and digital engagement
  • Membership and donor programs
Impact Statement
2018 Accomplishments:
  • The Truman Library Institute
  • With the assistance of a national consulting firm, the Truman Library Institute completed a feasibility study which will provide the framework for a major fund raising campaign in support of 1.) future museum renovations and enhancements to the visitors’ experience, 2.) a re-envisioning of our educational programs, and 3.) an expanded outreach of local, regional and national programming.
  • 96,395 people visited the Truman Library and Museum.
  • More than 50,000 students and teachers benefited from Truman Library education programs.
  • The Truman Library presented programs featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin, Calvin Trillin, Congressmen John Lewis and James Clyburn, A.J. Baime, Jeffrey Rosen, Howard Kittell, Clifton Truman Daniel, Kate Andersen Brower, Paul Brandus, Senator Alan Simpron and Pete Souza, just to name a few.

2019 Goals:
  • The Truman Library Institute will successfully complete fundraising for the Truman Statue Project, identify a sculptor and commission the creation of a statue that will be installed with great fanfare in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building’s National Statuary Hall in 2019.
  • The Truman Library and Institute will expand community programming and partnerships, with an emphasis on programs offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, "Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I." A highlight will be collaborative programming with the National World War I Museum and Memorial, to include public programming and a jointly organized battlefield tour in the fall of 2018.
  • The Institute will work closely with the Truman Library and Museum to complete its master planning process and make significant strides in the silent phase of a fundraising campaign which will support the project.
Needs Statement

The Truman Library Institute's most pressing needs are:
  • Museum Renovation and New Truman Exhibition - A 3,000 sq. ft. museum expansion and new 12,000 sq. ft. exhibition will improve the visitor's experience and tell the story of Truman’s life incorporating new scholarship, state-of-the-art technology and an elaborate educational strategy. Funds needed = $22,000,000+
  • Enhanced Education Programs- The Library's core education programs, including the White House Decision Center, Reading Like a Historian, Truman Footlockers, and new Situation Room Experience, help students draw connections between the past, present, and future to better understand , anticipate, and resolve problems. Funds needed = $1,000,000
  • Expanded Public Programming- To inform and engage the local, regional and national community, the Truman Library Institute proudly presents high-profile lectures, panel discussions and signature events. Total cost =$1,000,000
  • Endowment Support- A strong endowment guarantees future sustainability for the Institute’s operations and its support of the Library. Funds needed = $1,000,000+
  • General Unrestricted Support- Annual membership fees and the Wild About Harry fundraising dinner support ongoing programming and Institute operational expenses. Funds needed = $2,000,000+ annually
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Today, more so than ever, the conflicts Truman faced and his visionary leadership as president continue to shape our democracy, and the U. S.’s place in our global society. It is the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute’s duty to expand appreciation of this humble, high school educated, Midwestern farm boy, his remarkable rise and enduring character. Through the achievements and leadership qualities of Harry Truman, future generations will come to understand both the possibilities and the responsibilities of American citizenship.
The Institute’s staff – with the help of our dedicated Board of Directors, community volunteers, members, donors and friends – strives to connect people who care about the future of our democracy with unique opportunities to learn from and share the important lessons gleaned from Truman’s legacy. This is accomplished through engaging museum exhibitions, thought-provoking public programs, teacher workshops and resources, as well as nationally-acclaimed education programs, in particular the White House Decision Center.
I first joined the Truman Library Institute's Board of Directors in 2006. As Board Chair, it is now my privilege to lead this impassioned group of volunteers as we undertake exciting new initiatives in our effort to build a stronger foundation for the Truman Library Institute and a brighter future for the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.
I strongly believe the Truman Library has been, and will always be, an important part of the social and cultural fabric that makes our Greater Kansas City community unique. I am proud to be a part of this historic organization and hope you will join our efforts.
Clyde F. Wendel, Board Chair
Programs
Description

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Truman’s presidency, the Truman Library Institute and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum participated in a comprehensive planning process to ensure future success. The current Truman exhibit is nearly 20 years old and requires renovations, enhanced content, and interactive technology to bring it into the 21st century. The resulting plan will guarantee future sustainability through increased visitation and audience engagement. To achieve this plan, we are pursuing a $25 million capital campaign with four priority areas: a museum renovation and new permanent Truman exhibition, enhanced education programs, expanded public programming, and increased endowment support. The Museum Master Plan includes a comprehensive educational strategy with accompanying exhibit features which will dramatically expand the Library’s ability to achieve the project goals and fulfill the President’s wishes for the Library.

 

Program Budget $25,000,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served General/Unspecified, US, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The short-term success of the STAY TRU Capital Campaign will be measured by:

1.  Closing the Truman Library and Museum: July 23, 2019

2.  Beginning construction: September 3, 2019 to include:

  • An all-new permanent Truman exhibition: On the museum’s main level, a new 12,000 sq. ft. exhibition will tell the story of Truman’s life through new scholarship, never-before-seen artifacts, media, and interactive technology. The area leading into Truman’s Oval Office will be re-envisioned as a Civic Learning Gallery.
  • Public Spaces Renovation and Expansion: 3,000 sq. ft of existing public spaces will be expanded and renovated to provide better wayfinding and accessibility for patrons.

3.  Museum Grand Re-Opening: August/September 2020

4.  Successfully reaching our $25 million campaign goal in support of the capital project, enhanced education programs, expanded public programming, and the endowment.

Long-Term Success

The goals for the capital renovation are:

  • Enhanced visitor experiences
  • Increased visitation
  • Improved educational impact
  • Grow earned income revenue

During the first full year of operation following the reopening of the Truman Library’s Museum (FY21 October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021):

  1. Qualitative, subjective responses received from visitors following the reopening will improve over pre-renovation results.
  2. Visitation will increase 30% from a pre-renovation total of 88,000 to 115,000. Thereafter, we project visitation will trend upward at a level that is well above pre-renovation numbers.
  3. Student participation in onsite Truman programming will increase at least 11% from the pre-renovation total.
  4. Evaluation scores received from teachers whose students participate in onsite education programs will improve over pre-renovation results.
  5. Earned income from admission fees, gift store sales, and facilities rental will increase by a minimum of $210,000 (30%). 


Program Success Monitored By

From the quantitative standpoint, the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute carefully tracks museum attendance, as well as education and public program participation. These numbers are updated on a monthly basis and are reported to the Institute’s Board of Directors biannually.

The Institute collects, tracks and scores qualitative feedback through a variety of means including teacher, docent and visitor surveys, informal feedback from teachers, docents, staff and visitors, onsite evaluations with positive reinforcement, and school retention/rebookings.

Earned income revenue from admission fees, gift store sales and facility rentals is carefully tracked by the Truman Library’s AO Officer. Monthly financial reports are provided to Truman Library and Truman Library Institute leadership.

Examples of Program Success
With the assistance of a national consulting firm (CCS), the Truman Library Institute recently completed a feasibility study in preparation for a capital campaign. The following were several key take-aways from the interviews:
  • Eighty-nine percent (89%) of interviewees believe that the Truman Library Institute should proceed with a campaign. Interviewees' responses are higher than the CCS study benchmark of 72% for arts and culture organizations.
  • Interviewees are most interested in the creation of new exhibits, development of new education programs, and the expansion of existing education and public programming. These elements are seen as something that would benefit the future of the Institute and increase the relevancy of the Truman Library. 
  • Respondents expressed a willingness to financially support a campaign, as well as serve in a volunteer capacity. This indicates a high level of affinity for the project and trust in the Institute’s leadership.
Description

The Truman Library Institute is committed to helping America’s teachers prepare our youth for a lifetime of active and informed citizenship through its education programs. This is possible through the presentation of historically significant museum exhibitions and innovative educational programs, including the White House Decision Center, Museum Tours, Reading Like A Historian, Educational Outreach, Research Grants and Awards program, teacher in-service training and workshops, the Summer Teacher Institute, student internships, and the National History Day competition. Each of these help teachers expose their students to history lessons outside of their textbooks and beyond their classroom walls. Combined with The ‘Bus Stops Here’ Field Trip Grant Program, these wonderful teaching tools can be made available to teachers and their students throughout Independence, Jackson County, and the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, free of charge.

Program Budget $500,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
No matter the student's age - following a visit to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, they have a deeper understanding of our nation's history, government and democratic ideals. 
Long-Term Success

Participation in the Truman Library's education programs help students become informed citizens that possess the knowledge necessary to understand contemporary political, economic, and social issues. The programs improve the students' analytical thinking skills and help them draw connections between the past, present, and future in order to understand, anticipate, and resolve problems.  Finally, using the life and times of one of our nation's greatest leaders, Harry S. Truman, our programs inspire students to become active and informed citizens that understand important lessons from our nation's past and the unique nature of America's democracy.

Program Success Monitored By The success/effectiveness of the education programs are measured with teacher surveys, informal feedback from teachers and students, onsite evaluations with positive reinforcement, and school retention/rebooking.
Examples of Program Success

“I often comment to other teachers and administrators that my students are "on fire" when they get back from this trip. Engagement increases. Questions get better. Students start watching news clips and seeing connections.”

“I wish students from all across the region could participate in the WHDC. This program is fulfilling Truman's vision to create a cradle of democracy at his library. Students are able get unmatchable experience in understanding the powers and responsibilities facing the presidency and the executive branch. I would hope that all teachers take advantage of the opportunity.”

“This program is something I think President Truman would be very proud of to have continuing his legacy. Students are engaging in the democratic process and getting the opportunity to simulate leadership and decision making processes. I know it has inspired students to pursue an interest in government or political science as a career.”

Description
The Truman Library Institute’s The ‘Bus Stops Here’ Field Trip Grant Program connects schools, businesses and our Greater Kansas City community by inviting everyone to be stakeholders in the educational process.
 
As school districts' continue to slash budgets, teachers' abilities to expose their students to valuable learning opportunities outside of their classrooms has greatly diminished.  In response, the Institute created The ‘Bus Stops Here’ Field Trip Grant Program in order to provide the funding necessary to underwrites museum admission fees and program-related expenses so students may access exhibitions and educational programs, like the White House Decision Center, Museum tours and the Truman Footlocker program...all free of charge. 
Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success No students is denied access to the Truman Library or the Truman Library Institute's educational programs due to economic limitations in local school districts' budgets.
Long-Term Success
With the availability of The Bus Stops Here Field Trip Grant funds, students from financially challenged school districts and families are able to access learning experiences - for little to no cost  - that help develop their understanding of the past and the present, in order to be good decision makers and citizens. 
Program Success Monitored By Data from student and teacher surveys, observation by staff and volunteers and information from enrollment applications will be collected and calculated using prior year’s attendance, cost, and participation for comparison.
Examples of Program Success
Testimony of Impact - Provided by Catrina Pelton, Social Studies Dept. Chair, Maryville High School
 
As an educator, the unfortunate economic downturn and the impact it has on our schools could limit my ability to expand experiences beyond the classroom for students. If students do not leave their desks, how will they connect what they learn in school with real world experiences? Scholarship funds, provided through "The Bus Stops Here" Field Trip Grant Program, have afforded students in my class the opportunity to experience the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and to take part in the highly acclaimed White House Decision Center, a highlight of their high school careers.
Description
April 12-July 7, 2021, the Truman Library will host President George W. Bush’s exhibition, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. 
 
Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11.
Visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they make as civilians.
Through these stories of resilience, Portraits of Courage honors our men and women in uniform, highlights family members and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and helps Americans support and empower our veterans to succeed.
 
The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of special programs that will engage and honor active-duty and veteran service members 
 
Program Budget $500,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served Families, K-12 (5-19 years), US& International
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success “Portraits of Courage was a labor of love and a way for me to honor the wounded warriors who have sacrificially served our Nation since 9/11 and whom I have come to know personally. My hope is the exhibit helps to advance the conversation on how to better serve our veterans and reduce the stigmas surrounding visible and invisible wounds of war. Thank you for supporting our work by helping to bring Portraits of Courage to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.” - President George W. Bush
Long-Term Success Harry S. Truman is commonly ranked among our nation’s five greatest leaders of all time. And there is no better place to be inspired by his life and legacy than at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. The Truman Library and the Truman Library Institute strive to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of our American history and culture, democracy, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry Truman.

Our success is achieved by ensuring that Truman Library visitors of all ages learn about President Truman's legacy and our nation's history. Success is developing educated and thoughtful citizens who can participate wisely in our government of, by, and for the people. The Truman Library Institute is committed to sharing the stories of Harry Truman, the American presidency, and our great democracy to ensure that future generations will come to know his legacy and understand the important role we have as citizens of this great nation.

Program Success Monitored By

The Truman Library Institute measures an exhibit's success through museum attendance numbers, website visitors, media hits, both local, national and international; and though feedback provided by our donors and the general public.

Examples of Program Success

Randall Webster said the show “is not based on any politics, it’s based on honoring these people who gave so much of themselves, no matter what your personal politics might be.”

A.J. Rodriguez said the Portraits project is “an important example of demonstrating compassion for all veterans, and recognizing their service in a very special and unique way.”

Description
The Truman Library Institute and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum present an exciting array of collaborative programs and events, including lectures that feature distinguished authors, journalists and political heads-of-state, family-friendly programming, and annual signature events (Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency and Wild About Harry).
 
We seek to make a difference in how people - especially young people - feel about and become engaged in cultural experiences and citizenship activities by providing stimulating and thought-provoking public programs and forums. The Truman Library  Institute is committed to sharing the stories of Harry Truman, the American presidency and our nation's government to ensure that future generations will come to know his legacy and appreciate our American democracy,
 
Whether in a live audience or via cable television, radio broadcasts or internet streaming, these engaging programs reach tens of thousands of individuals each year.
Program Budget $250,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults, K-12 (5-19 years), US& International
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Through strategic partnerships and programmatic collaborations within the Greater Kansas City community, the Institute hopes to significantly increase program attendance numbers and further the reach of President Truman's enduring legacy.
Long-Term Success By presenting timely, relevant and thought-provoking public programs and forums, the Library and Institute seek to make a significant difference in how people - especially young people - feel about and become engaged in cultural experiences and citizenship activities.
Program Success Monitored By
Attendance numbers for public programs are closely watched and considered. Feedback on events is solicited from program sponsors and underwriters, event attendees, board of directors and members.  
Examples of Program Success
During 2017, the Truman Library attracted speakers such as Doris Kearns Goodwin, Calvin Trillin, Congressmen John Lewis and James Clyburn, A.J. Baime, Jeffrey Rosen, Howard Kittell, Clifton Truman Daniel, Kate Andersen Brower, Paul Brandus, Senator Alan Simpron and Pete Souza, just to name a few.
In all, 9,649 individuals attended 35 public programs.

“The public programming offered by Truman Library is hands-down the best thing about living in Kansas City! Thank you for organizing this panel and so many other talks I have looked forward to!”

"I just want to thank you for the opportunity to attend last night’s Wild About Harry event with my husband. It far exceeded any of our expectations. Such a powerful message, by so many powerful voices. It was an absolute honor to 'Stand with Truman.'" 

CEO Comments

Today, Harry Truman is regarded as the one of our nation’s six greatest leaders, and there’s no better place in all of America to be inspired by his life and legacy than at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

The Truman Library receives funding through the federal budget to store and keep safe the documents and artifacts of the president as well as maintaining the library’s physical structure. It's funding from the Truman Library Institute, the Library’s non-profit partner, which makes it possible to share educational programs, museum exhibitions, forums and public programs with more than 43,000 students and teachers, as well as the 88,000 museum visitors, researchers and individuals who access these programs each year. Thanks to the Institute’s private support and volunteer leadership, the Truman Library is more than an archive; it is a dynamic center for learning through which citizens of all ages may gain a common understanding of America’s past in order to envision a common future.

The Truman Library Institute is committed to touching the lives of every student that walks through our doors by providing them with exciting, fun and innovative learning experiences that will help them:

  1. Better understand history.
  2. Challenge them to reflect on how Truman’s life, his presidency and legacy relate to current issues.
  3. Encourage them to think critically and make informed decisions.

David McCullough, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Truman, called the Truman Library a “uniquely American treasure. You can understand more about our nation by spending a day at the Truman Library than anywhere else in the country.” The educational programs were created specifically with the goal of making this treasure come alive for students of all ages.

Our programs place an emphasis on the use of primary sources in the teaching of history- helping students realize that history is real, as are the people about whom history is written. In particular, they introduce Harry S. Truman, his life, the time in which he lived, his presidency and his world altering decisions to students, teachers, and researches from around the world.

One spark is all that is needed to ignite a life-long appreciation for history and the importance of our democratic form of government. I hope you will support our efforts to create and maintain a higher standard of history education. By doing so, you will also help us fulfill President Truman’s vision for his library.

Alex Burden, Executive Director 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. M. Alex Burden
Term Start Nov 2005
Experience

Alex Burden has served as the Executive Director of the Truman Library Institute since 2009.  In this capacity, Alex provides strategic leadership for, and management of, the Institute’s educational programs, public programming and outreach activities, communications and marketing initiatives, as well as all fundraising efforts. 

Prior to joining the Truman Library Institute, Alex excelled as a non-profit and fundraising executive while serving in various leadership capacities for a number of prominent institutions. He helped raise nearly $40 million in support of those organizations he had the privilege to work with.

Alex was employed by Hartsook Companies, a national fundraising consulting firm, as a senior vice president. As a fundraising consultant, Alex provided expert fundraising counsel and leadership to a diverse portfolio of clients from across the country. Alex offered his clients specialized assistance in the following areas of focus: capital campaigns, major gift and annual fund campaigns, corporate and foundation giving and building effective internal systems and strategies.

Before joining Hartsook Companies, Alex served as vice president of development at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. There, he provided overall leadership for the school's diverse advancement program and development team. Prior to Bishop Miege, he served as Director of the Advancement Office for the University of Missouri - Kansas City's School of Computing and Engineering and Director of the Annual Fund for Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kan.), where he led the school's $1-million comprehensive annual-fund program.

Alex received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy's Fundraising School in 1999. More recently, he gained accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Larry J. HackmanJan 1995 - Jan 2001
Dr. Benedict K ZobristJan 1971 - Jan 1994
Senior Staff
Title Director of Administration
Experience/Biography Lisa has over 20 years management and administrative experience. She was the Kansas City regional administrator for the Missouri Lottery for 11 years prior to being hired as Office Manager by the Truman Library Institute in 1997. She was promoted to Director of Administration in December 2005.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 6
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 85%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 8
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

 

We are fortunate to collaborate with the following organizations for educational and public programming:

  • Teachers, schools and school districts across the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area
  • Museum Educators Round Table
  • National History Day
  • Madam President
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Federal Court Historical Society
  • CGSC
  • Boys and Girls Club of GKC
  • Boy Souts and Girl Scouts
  • Rockhurst University
  • UMKC, The Henry Bloch School of Management
  • The National World War I Museum
  • Jewish Community Foundation
  • Jewish Federation of GKC
  • Nelson-Atkins
  • Economic Club of Kansas City
  • Federal Reserve of Kansas City
  • Missouri Council on Economic Education
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Independence Pioneers Chapter
  • City of Independence, Missouri
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
  • Other Presidential Libraries and Foundations across the United States
  • Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
  • American Legion Tirey J Ford Post 21

 

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Independence Chamber of Commerce2019
American Alliance of Museums2019
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is considered by many to be the finest presidential library in the United States. Yet, most individuals in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area have not taken the time to visit it, siting the reason “it takes too long to get there,” or “it’s too far away.”  

To help combat this misconception, the Truman Library Institute uses opportunities presented by off-site programming to deliver the message that driving to the Truman Library from Downtown Kansas City or the Plaza only takes about 18 minutes. Or if your home is in Johnson County, it will only take about 3 minutes longer to get to the Truman Library than it takes to drive to Arrowhead or Royals Stadium. Our message is simple—it is a wonderful community asset known throughout the world—you should go there.

An additional challenge the Truman Library Institute faces is the common misconception that the federal government provides the funding for all that takes place at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The funding the Truman Library receives from the Federal budget allows them to store and keep safe the documents and artifacts of the President, as well as maintaining the physical structure of the Presidential Library. It’s the Truman Library’s non-profit partner, the Truman Library Institute, which provides the funds necessary to present world-class exhibitions, nationally acclaimed education programs, as well as public programs and forums featuring leading historians and opinion leaders from around the nation. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Clyde Wendel
Company Affiliation Vice Chairman (Ret.), UMB Bank
Email clyde.wendel@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Merilyn K. BerenbomCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Paul M. BlackChief Executive Officer, Allscripts
Mr. Alex BurdenExecutive Director, Truman Library Institute
Mrs. Maureen McMeel CarrollExecutive Director, McMeel Family Foundation
Mr. Clifton Truman DanielAuthor and Harry Truman's eldest grandson
Mr. Robert P. DunnVice President-Community Affairs, JE Dunn Construction Company
Mr. Josh EarnestPolitical Analyst, NBC News
Mrs. Susie S. EvansCommunity Volunteer
Kurt Graham Ph.D.Director, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Greg Gunderson Ph.D.President, Park University
The Honorable Lisa HardwickJudge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District
Mary Ann Heiss Ph.DAssociate Professor of History, Kent State University
Mr. Harvey L. KaplanPartner (Retired), Shook Hardy & Bacon
Ms. Charlotte L. KemperDirector, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, Commerce Bank
Mr. John A. MacDonaldVice President & Treasurer, Hall Family Foundation
Mrs. Kay MartinCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Bridget McCandlessPresident and CEO, The Health Care Foundation of GKC
Mrs. Leigh NottbergChair, Leigh & Tyler Nottberg Family Foundation
Mr. James B. Nutter Jr.President & CEO, James B. Nutter & Company
Mr. Patrick J. OttensmeyerChief Executive Officer, Kansas City Southern
Mrs. Karen PackCommunity Volunteer
Jason C. Parker Ph.D.Professor of History, Texas A&M University
Mr. James D. RinePresident, Kansas City Region, UMB Bank
Mr. Adam P. SachsPartner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Mrs. Marny ShermanCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Meyer J. SoslandDirector of Operations & Executive Director, Sosland Publishing
Ms. Jeannine StrandjordChief Integration Officer (Retired), Sprint Corporation
Mr. Timothy W. TriplettGeneral Counsel, Black & Veatch
Mr. David Von DrehleEditor-at-Large, TIME Magazine
The Honorable Eileen WeirMayor, Independence, Missouri
Mr. Clyde F. WendelVice Chairman (Retired), UMB Bank
Mr. Thomas R. WillardPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Tower Properties
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 74%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 53%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Board Governance
Scholarship
Audit
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
The Honorable John C. DanforthPartner, Bryan Cave LLP
The Honorable Richard A. GephardtPresident & CEO, Gephardt Group
Walter IsaacsonPresident & CEO, The Aspen Institute
Mr. Michael J. JohnstonExecutive Vice President (Retired), The Capital Group
The Honorable James W. SymingtonOf Counsel (Retired), Nossaman LLP
Mr. Julián ZugazagoitiaDirector & CEO, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
CEO Comments
The Harry S. Truman Library Institute is the 501(c)(3) non-profit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of our nation’s 14 presidential libraries overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration. Together with its public partner, the Truman Library Institute brings the life and legacy of Harry S. Truman to bear on current and future generations through understanding of history, the presidency, domestic and foreign policy, and citizenship.
 
The Truman Library Institute is governed by a passionate Board of Directors, and supported by philanthropic donations from individuals, foundations and corporations, which provide funding and support for the Library’s exhibitions, education outreach, public programs, conferences and forums.

The Library is the corpus of Harry Truman’s life and leadership. The Institute is the animating spirit. It is because of private support and leadership that the Truman Library is able to be more than an archive; it is a dynamic center for learning – a classroom for democracy – through which citizens of all ages may gain a common understanding of America’s past in order to envision a common future.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,000,000
Projected Expenses $2,930,921
Endowment Value $14,467,312
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,758,668$1,931,225$672,231
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0--$0
Individual Contributions------
$0--$0
$82,975$72,034$70,657
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,163,628$620,552$674,805
Membership Dues$267,995$249,826$283,980
Special Events$419,959$391,489$386,069
Revenue In-Kind$89,345$17,917$35,670
Other$11,991$14,352$33,814
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,294,906$1,634,701$1,218,565
Administration Expense$430,541$1,130,235$329,737
Fundraising Expense$802,229$395,736$267,485
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.361.041.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%52%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$13,733,703$12,759,299$11,899,977
Current Assets$45,872$49,117$117,346
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$13,733,703$12,759,299$11,899,977
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation $352,583Anonymous $348,508
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Rockhurst University $240,000Anonymous $138,305
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $225,000Anonymous $130,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Truman’s presidency, the Truman Library Institute and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum participated in a comprehensive planning process to ensure future success. The current Truman exhibit is nearly 20 years old and requires renovations, enhanced content, and interactive technology to bring it into the 21st century. The resulting plan will guarantee future sustainability through increased visitation and audience engagement. To achieve this plan, we are pursuing a $25 million capital campaign with four priority areas: a museum renovation and new permanent Truman exhibition, enhanced education programs, expanded public programming, and increased endowment support. The Museum Master Plan includes a comprehensive educational strategy with accompanying exhibit features which will dramatically expand the Library’s ability to achieve the project goals and fulfill the President’s wishes for the Library.

Goal $25,000,000.00
Dates Sept 2017 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised to Date $19,500,801.00 as of June 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The Truman Library Institute uses a modified cash basis for accounting, which does not reflect funds that were raised in prior fiscal years and are intended to cover expenses incurred during later fiscal years.

Other Documents
STAY TRU Capital Campaign Brochure2019View
Organization Name Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National & Intl. Affairs
Address 5151 Troost Ave, Ste 300
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (816) 4001214
CEO/Executive Director Mr. M. Alex Burden
Board Chair Mr. Clyde F. Wendel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vice Chairman (Ret.), UMB Bank
Year of Incorporation 1957