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FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL INC

Teaching the Lessons of Yesterday to Unite the Generations of Tomorrow

Washington, DC   |  www.wwiimemorialfriends.org

Mission

Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends), based in Washington, D.C., is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching the lessons of yesterday to unite the generations of tomorrow. Founded in 2007 by the creators of the National World War II Memorial, Friends brings together individuals of all backgrounds and ages for national ceremonies and experiences at the Memorial and for educational programs centered around the themes of unity, shared values and ideals, and the spirit of community.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Holly Rotondi

Main address

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Suite 316

Washington, DC 20003 USA

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EIN

13-4358477

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sadly, our nation's young people lack understanding about the most inspiring chapter in modern U.S. history - WWII. This knowledge gap has led to low civic commitment and declining pride in the United States as a democratic force for good.

Our programs

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

Summer Teachers Conference

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial brings educators from around the nation to Washington, D.C. for an annual conference to learn about the every day men and women of the WWII generation whose character, courage, creativity, determination, and innovation not only led to the winning of the war, but also reshaped America.

The conference features presentations by fellow educators and other experts in the area of WWII history, discussions with WWII veterans and war orphans, tours of the WWII Memorial and other sites of WWII significance, and a remembrance ceremony.

The conference is free and open to any elementary, middle, or high school teacher or college professor at an accredited public, charter, private or parochial school. At the heart of the Friends’ Teachers Conference program is the concept of community service. As a condition of participating in conference, each participant is expected to work with their students to fulfill a community service project.

Population(s) Served

On June 6, 2023, the 79th anniversary of D-Day, a plaque featuring the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's prayer was dedicated at the Circle of Remembrance, located just north of the main memorial.

Friends of the National World War II Memorial led the design, funding, and construction of the D-Day Prayer addition and the restoration of the Circle of Remembrance.

The project was made possible by a $2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and generous contributions from the Daughters of the American Revolution and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This is an important and meaningful addition to the Memorial, which is visited by more than 5 million people each year, providing a contemplative space to reflect on and to remember the more than 400,000 American souls lost during World War II.

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Friends of the National World War II Memorial presents a Monthly Virtual Education Conference Series to learn more about the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defined the character of our country during World War II. The series features monthly one-day virtual conferences, from September through April, featuring discussions with WWII veterans, war orphans, and published authors. The series is free and open to the public.

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The Friends of the National World War II Memorial has the lead responsibility in planning, staging, and funding six or more major national commemorative events annually, including on V-E Day, Memorial Day, D-Day, V-J Day, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

These special ceremonies are attended by World War II veterans, war orphans, members of the military and government, and other special guests.

The events are free and open to the public.

Population(s) Served

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial facilitates community service projects across the country, bringing the spirit of unity and shared purpose, which defined the character of our country during the war years, to our current and future generations.

At the heart of the Friends’ educational programming is the concept of community service.

As a condition of participating in Friends’ annual summer teachers conference, each participant is expected to work with their students, school, and community to fulfill a community service project. The result is countless service-learning initiatives popping up across the nation that promote critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.

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The Haydn Williams WWII Memorial Legacy Lecture is an annual public lecture series featuring preeminent historians and scholars speaking on the lasting significance and impact of World War II on America and the world.

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The lessons of World War II can best be understood by learning the stories of the individuals who put their dreams on hold and their lives on the line to do what they believed was right.

Best-selling author and Friends of the National World War II Memorial's Resident Historian Alex Kershaw is one of America’s most skilled and knowledgeable WWII storytellers. Since 2021, he has enthralled high school audiences and challenged students to ask themselves the same hard questions their forebears were forced to answer 80 years ago. Students experience World War II as the saga of ordinary individuals who worked together and prevailed. They come away inspired. . . realizing, often for the first time, that when they join with others for the common good, they truly can change the world for the better. During his talks Kershaw asks young people some tough questions. They respond with heartfelt appreciation and thoughtful reflection.

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Friends of the National World War II Memorial annually presents the Brigadier General Charles E. McGee UNITY Award to an individual or group that exemplifies the spirit of unity and shared values that were prevalent during World War II, when Americans were at their very best and most unified in the fight against authoritarianism, fascism, and racism.

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The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act, signed into law on August 3, 2022, authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in 2024 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each $5 gold coin sold; $10 for each silver dollar sold; and $5 for each half dollar sold—totaling $50 for each three-coin set sold—are authorized to be provided to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial to support the National Park Service in maintaining and repairing the World War II Memorial, and for educational and commemorative programs.

And you'll be able to purchase these special commemorative coins through the U.S. Mint website in early-2024!

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Where we work

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.

Friends of the National World War II Memorial aims to reach as many young people in America as possible and to educate them about WWII in order to inspire, motivate, and unite them as active participants in their communities and as committed citizens in their democracy.

Adding to our core of school contacts so we can increase our reach into more and more states. Greater online presence and greater social media outreach and a growing list of content consumers. More alliances with educators and educational institutions.

We have extensive contacts in schools, among the veteran community, the media and among history enthusiasts as well as long standing relationships with writers and other accomplished story-tellers. With the support of longstanding, loyal donors, and with additional funding we can reach more students virtually and increase our in person appearances in schools and other communities.

A steady roll out state by state of our Character is Destiny program in high schools.
Dynamic alliances with organizations whose work compliments ours.
To become the go-to organization for the highest quality non profit WWII-themed travel.
To become the most highly regarded source of virtual and in person WWII story-telling.
To increase our donor base by carefully recruiting passionate supporters to our board.
To find more sponsors for our programs, including our unique, annual in-person storytelling conference in Washington DC.

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.
  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL INC

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jane Droppa

Ruth Rodgers

VADM Jack Baldwin, USN (Ret.)

RADM John Bitoff, USN (Ret.)

Robert Bohannon

Lt . Gen. Michael Dana, USMC (Ret.)

Sara Temple Dent

LTG Mick Kicklighter, USA (Ret.)

Cathy Martine

Lynn McMahon

Robert Peck

Lisa Pucillo

Elliott Roosevelt III

Odeh Stevens

Kenneth Terry

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? No
  • 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? Yes