John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.

We celebrate the past to awaken the future. - John F. Kennedy

aka Kennedy Library Foundation   |   Boston, MA   |


Established in 1963, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources to ensure that the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a vibrant, living memorial to our 35th President. Our mission is to inspire public service, civic responsibility, civil rights, scientific discovery and creative cultural pursuits by preserving and promoting the legacy of President John F. Kennedy; and to continually engage and inspire new audiences with his message of peace, optimism and service.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Rachel D. Flor

Main address

Columbia Point

Boston, MA 02125 USA

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NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today's society is riven with political divisiveness, and we seek to bring people from all parties and belief systems together to discuss the great issues of our time, and through collaboration solve these issues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Web and Digital Archives Project

In 2011, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library unveiled the nation's largest and most sophisticated online digital archive of a United States president. Our goal with the Archive is to provide worldwide accessibility to the collections of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library via the Internet, to minimize wear and tear on these treasured and irreplaceable physical assets, and to enhance the capability to search the collection using metadata. Today, the JFK online digital archives is considered a state-of-the-art model by the National Archives. The digitization of archival records is becoming an essential means to allow the public greater access to our national treasures via websites, social media and mobile applications.

Population(s) Served

The Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum serves more than 20,000 students each year -free of charge -with award-winning educational programming that fosters leadership skills such as public speaking, constructive debate, and critical thinking, and also makes young people aware of the lasting impact of President Kennedy's term in office - a legacy that includes The Peace Corps, the United States Space Program, and the fight for Civil Rights. Outreach efforts targeted to the Boston Public Schools include:* A dedicated School and Community Outreach Coordinator who works to ensure robust participation from urban students and to reduce barriers to access.* Free bus transportation for BPS classes to visit the museum, and reserved registration slots for BPS in all our programs.* Professional development for 3rd-12th grade teachers.* Free classroom and museum guides, on-line curricula, and the New Frontiers newsletter, offering exciting approaches to teaching social studies, history, and civics.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Kennedy Library Forums are the flagship public program that helps define the Kennedy Presidential Library as a major center for political thought, debate and exchange. The Forum series attracts national and world leaders and experts from fields of government, journalism, education, civil rights, science, arts, literature and music, law, and history for public discussion on a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President Kennedy. Our Forums are free to the public and made possible by our generous underwriters. Recent Forum guests include: Attorney General Eric Holder; Robert Redford; Sergei Khrushchev & Jack Scholssberg; Caroline Kennedy; NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy; Elizabeth Warren; Conan O'Brien; Alan Brinkley; Madeleine Albright; Carole King; Patrick Hemingway; Andre Dubus III; Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, to name a few. We also are proud to offer the Celebrate! series for family audiences and children, highlighting America's rich cultural diversity through the arts. All performances are free and open to the public.

Population(s) Served

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award is the nation's most prestigious honor for public servants. The Award was created in 1989 by members of President Kennedy's family to honor the President and to recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most. The annual Profile in Courage Award seeks to make Americans aware of the courageous acts of their public servants, and to encourage elected officials to choose the public interest over partisanship - to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. The Library also acknowledges and encourages the contributions of young people through our Profile in Courage Essay Contest and the New Frontier Award. The New Frontier Awards are presented annually to exceptional young Americans under the age of 40 whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Archivist’s Special Achievement Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Diversity” 2002

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Archivist’s Special Achievement Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Civic Understanding in a Diverse Society” 2004

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Excellence in Government Award Finalist for “Outstanding Diversity Contribution" 2005

Greater Boston Federal Executive Board

Archivist’s Special Achievement Award for “Outstanding Customer Service” 2005

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Read the Fine Print commendation for "Shaping Up America: JFK, Sports, and the Call to Physical Fitness Family Guide" 2008

American Alliance of Museums' Education Committee

"C.F.W. Coker Award" for Digital Archives 2012

Society of American Archivists

Muse Award for 2011

American Alliance of Museums

Affiliations & memberships

National Archives and Records Administration - Affiliate

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of paid admissions

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The Museum was closed for three months in 2015 for renovations.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

The Kennedy Library Foundation is dedicated to the perpetuation of President Kennedy's ideal that political and public service be conducted and exemplified as an honorable and patriotic profession. We seek to educate new generations to follow in President Kennedy's footsteps and pursue goals of peace and cooperation in their communities throughout the nation and around the world.

We accomplish these goals through a wide variety of educational and public programs, including: teacher trainings; student programs for children from elementary school through college; free public forums; guided museum tours for the general public; and access to myriad scholarly and educational materials on our website.

We employ staff covering all of these critical program areas, and collaborate closely with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to ensure that access to scholarly resources is maintained and consistently improved over time.

Each year, we serve more than 25,000 students through on-site programming, welcome over 200,000 visitors to our museum, and serve millions with our online resources.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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 find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.

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


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John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ronald Sargent

Caroline Kennedy

U.S. Ambassador to Australia

James Brett

The New England Council

Ranny Cooper

Weber Shandwick

Ted Hoff

Community Volunteer

Robert Riley

R.E. Riley and Associates

Edwin Schlossberg

ESI Design

Phyllis Segal; Gen2Gen

Stephen Smith

Park Agency - Kennedy Enterprises

David Weinstein

Write the World, LLC

Micho Spring

Weber Shandwick

Conan O'Brien

Community Volunteer

Ronald Sargent

Community Volunteer

Scott Schuster

Wingate Healthcare

Matthew Kennedy

Kennedy Merchant Partners

Tatiana Schlossberg

Author and Journalist

Stephen Canter

Zephyr Management, LP

Pattie Jacobs

AT&T New England

Thomas Samoluk

John Hancock

James Kelleher

Community Volunteer

Laurie Leshin

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

B. Marc Allen

The Boeing Company

Vlad Barbalat

Liberty Mutual Investments

Allan Boomer

Momentum Advisors

Tushara Canekeratne

Nadastra, Inc.

Christopher Cassidy

National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation

Richard Donahue, Jr.

AmWINS Program Underwriters

Pamela Erickson

Raytheon Technologies

Lepi Jha Fishman


Christine Heenan

Flagship Pioneering

Katy Knox

Bank of America Private Bank

William Lee


Jack Leslie

Community Volunteer

Joy Liu

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Michael Steed

Paladin Capital

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco

University of Massachusetts Boston

Sheel Tyle


Michael Tyler

Eastern Bank Wealth Management

Kaiyuan Wang

Governance Institute; Harvard University; Peking University

Pamela Wickham

Community Volunteer

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 ? Yes
  • 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 11/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.