National Mounted Warfare Foundation

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aka Mounted Warfare Foundation   |   Copperas Cove, TX   |  www.nmwfoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to plan for, raise funds for, and build the National Mounted Warrior Museum, a multi-sensory, multi-media experiential museum honoring the U.S. Army's mounted warriors and Fort Hood. The NMWM will be an educational destination for our region's schools, our nation's civilian patriots, and the millions of veterans who served at Fort Hood and who want to share their experiences with their loved ones. Our vision is to provide a unique educational experience to preserve and interpret the story of mounted units and Soldiers who have served at Fort Hood and worldwide

Ruling year info

2011

President and CEO

LTG (RET) Paul (Butch) Funk

Main address

207 S. 3rd Street, Suite 100

Copperas Cove, TX 76522 USA

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EIN

27-4417238

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The history of the US Army's mounted warriors is not adequately preserved or interpreted in any of the current military museums in our country, and the stories of those soldiers and veterans, along with the stories of their family members and community members, are not being told. The National Mounted Warrior Museum will preserve that history and tell those stories so that future generations of Americans do not forget the service and sacrifice of our mounted warriors.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Public Information

The Foundation continues to focus on raising awareness of the museum project and solicit support for the fundraising effort. This included numerous public information presentations, local community events, and social media interactions. In 2019, we held our fifth annual "Homecoming for Heroes" gala which once again attracted over 400 guests from the Central Texas community. The Foundation continued a partnership with KVUE-TV in Austin to raise funds and awareness for the museum project with the Foundation's brick campaign.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

The Foundation continues to sustain our staff education in museum planning and design, as well as fundraising, through web-based and in-person training. NMWF staff continued to receive mentorship from the Center of Military History (CMH) on museum design and management. This year, the staff continued its participation in the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual conference to learn about contemporary trends and issues effecting the Army.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

Our historical program continues to collect the oral histories of Mounted Warfare soldiers through our continuing "Your Story" campaign. Currently, these stories are shared through the Foundation's social media pages and will be featured in the Museum upon completion. The Foundation continues to co-host the annual Central Texas Military History Symposium. The Foundation sustains partnerships with the US Army Center of Military History (CMH), Museum of the Pacific War, and the Texas Military Forces Museum.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Bronze Telly for Cause Marketing 2012

Telly Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Public Information

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The COVID epidemic impacted our ability to conduct live events in 2020 and 2021, resulting in fewer opportunities for media exposure

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Public Information

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Become the premier destination activity in Central Texas
2. Serve as an important historical and educational resource for all American and international guests
3. Provide a positive, engaging, interactive family experience
4. Honor all past and current mounted Soldiers and their storied units
5. Provide accessibility to facilities, exhibits, archives, and collections
6. Build an effective and purposeful museum staff
7. Achieve “Certified" status from the Center for Military History and from the American Alliance of Museums
8. Conduct successful sustainment and capital fundraising campaigns
8. Acquire and be good stewards of a $5 million endowment above and beyond our capital campaign requirements
9. Become a nationally-recognized military museum in Texas that tells Soldiers' untold stories

Goal 1. Become the premier destination activity in Central Texas.
Strategy: The National Mounted Warrior Museum (NMWM) will fill a unique market void west of the Mississippi River as the only technologically-advanced, interactive, state-of-the-art museum describing and honoring the service of mounted warriors and units throughout U.S. Army and around the world.

Goal 2. Serve as an important historical and educational resource for all American and international guests.
Strategy: The NMWM will tell the untold story of mounted warfare in the U.S. Army through the eyes of Fort Hood and Central Texas. We have immediate access to the collections and archives of the III Armored Corps, the 1st Cavalry Division, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, and the 2nd Armored Division, and can reach out to the U.S. Army Center for Military History (CMH) for any additional artifacts required to help tell our story. The NMWM will connect physically and virtually with military and civilian institutions of higher learning in order to make archival information available to scholars at the various professional military schools and war colleges, as well as to historians and researchers across the country and around the world.

Goal 3. Provide a positive, engaging, interactive family experience.
Strategy: The NMWM will be a safe, inviting place, welcoming families and children to visit and learn. It will leverage technology and professional curriculum development expertise to ensure a connected educational experience for the over 110 local schools and for scholars of all ages across the country and around the world. Using interactive exhibits, simulation, and children's discovery zones, the museum will truly have something for every visitor.

Goal 4. Build an effective and purposeful museum staff.
Strategy: In addition to our professional administrative staff at the Foundation, the Directors of both the current First Cavalry Division Museum as well as the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Museum serve as special project advisers, and bring over 45 years of professional, hands-on museum expertise to our project. These individuals, as well as their current staff, will become the baseline for the NMWM's staff once the facility is complete.

Goal 5. Achieve “Certified" status from the CMH and from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
Strategy: The Foundation and Museum staff will develop a storyline for the MWM which must be approved by the CMH prior to opening the museum to the public. This storyline will be a comprehensive road map of a visitor's experience in the MWM from the moment they arrive until they complete their tour.

Goal 6. Conduct successful fundraising campaigns to build and sustain the MWM
Strategy: The Foundation's capital campaign will raise $30M to build Phase I of the Museum. We have raised $28M in the capital campaign to date, including $15M of investment by the US Army (land and exhibits).

The following resources will enable us to meet the goals established in our Strategic and Business Plans.

1) An influential Development Board that consists of several individuals who are well-known both within Texas and across the country.

2) Our Advisory Board consists of retired Army Flag Officers, Senior Non-commissioned Officers, and civilian personnel who provide us technical and operational guidance based on their numerous years of experience.

3) A dedicated Board of Directors. The membership of our Board of Directors is drawn from leaders in the business, social, and political sectors across the Central Texas region.

4) A committed, professional staff. Our President / CEO is a retired Army Flag Officer who holds a Doctorate in Education and is singularly well-respected throughout both the military and higher education communities. He has led large organizations, thousands of Soldiers, and critical missions at the highest levels of our military structure. Having served in various positions of executive responsibility in the civilian and education sectors, he is likewise experienced in both the business and nonprofit communities. Our Vice President is a retired Army Field Grade Officer who holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, and who has over two decades of planning and logistics experience at every level of the Army. Our Chief Financial Officer is a retired Army senior Non-commissioned Officer with many post-Army years of financial management experience.

5) An expanding community of links, influencers, and volunteers. As we continue to raise awareness of the National Mounted Warrior Museum project, we continue to come across individuals who are either willing to link us to potential donors, influence potential donors to support us, or volunteer their time to assist in our operations.

6) Strong support from our local communities. The communities in Central Texas are fully behind our project; as an example, the City of Killeen provided the initial funding for our first three years of operation.

Our accomplishments to date:
Administrative:
- We completed benchmark visits to over 60 museums nationwide.
- We conduct over 150 presentations annually (since our incorporation) to groups and individuals to raise awareness and solicit donations.
- We have produced numerous marketing products including an informational video which won a Bronze Telly for Cause marketing, several Public Service Announcements, tri-folds, postcards, brochures, and posters, all focused on promoting the project.
- We have significantly increased our social media presence - we currently have 20,000 likes on Facebook

Operational:
- In conjunction with Lord Cultural Services, we developed a comprehensive Master Plan for the National Mounted Warrior Museum (NMWM).
- Phase I construction of the Museum was completed in November 2021. We project a soft opening in June 2022 and a grand opening in the summer of 2023.
- The storyline and exhibit plan for the museum is complete, and an exhibit design firm is currently designing the exhibits.

Fundraising:
- We have raised $28M of our $30M goal for Phase I of the Museum

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We collect feedback from donors to the organization to determine what inspired them to support us, and to find out how we can improve our communications

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We developed an email campaign to inform our donors about the progress on the Museum

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Mounted Warfare Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. William (Bill) Kliewer

Bigham Kliewer Chapman and Watts Insurance Agency

Term: 2011 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Jose Segarra

Exit Homevets Realty

Term: 2011 - 2021

Paul (Butch) Funk

National Mounted Warfare Foundation

Jimmie Don Aycock

Retired

Terry Tuggle

Fort Hood National Bank

Diane Connell

Retired

Otis Evans

Retired

Scott Cosper

Scott Cosper Builders

Emilio Perales

Vista Real Estate

Coleen Beck

Retired

Ted Smith

Ted Smith Law Group

Jack Smith

Jack Smith Homes

Bob Reeves

C&R Refrigeration

Chris Gill

Texas Department of Agriculture

Tim Smith

H-E-B

Leo Wood

Retired

Ron Perry

Retired

Johnny Wade

Nocked & Loaded

Brad Stewart

Keystone Concrete

Dick Sanger

Vistage Worldwide

Jerrod Weaver

Self-Employed

Ken Finch

Retired

Tom Burdett

Retired

Justin Webb

Entrepreneur

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.