NATIONAL DESERT STORM MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

aka NDSWM   |   Washington, DC   |  www.ndswm.org/

Mission

The National Desert Storm Memorial Association (NDSWM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of constructing the national memorial to Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in a prominent location in Washington, D.C. The Memorial will commemorate the unique significance of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as honor the service and the sacrifices of the U.S. and Coalition military personnel that liberated Kuwait, defended Saudi Arabia, and defeated a tyrant, marking a notably successful chapter in international military, diplomatic, and political history.

Ruling year info

2012

VICE PRESIDENT

CEE FREEMAN

Main address

P.O. Box 29091

Washington, DC 20017 USA

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EIN

37-1647413

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Currently, the United States does not have a national memorial to the historic sacrifice and success of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The National Desert Storm Memorial Association is dedicated to rectifying this by building a memorial in an Area I location, roughly equivalent to the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Our programs

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

MEMORIAL CONSTRUCTION

The Association’s current programs are focused on designing the Memorial and galvanizing public support to raise funds for the construction of the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial. The estimated cost to build the Memorial is approximately $40 million. Approximately $9.3 million has been raised to date. Current law stipulates that 110% of the projected budget must be raised before ground-breaking can occur. No government funds will be used to build the Memorial. 100% of the cost to build the Memorial will come from private donations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

While dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Allied military personnel that deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, the Memorial will serve the millions of tourists that visit the National Mall in Washington, DC annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The National Desert Storm Memorial Association’s solitary aim is to construct the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial in Washington, D.C. through 100% private funding. The Memorial’s aim is to commemorate this consequential chapter in American military, diplomatic, and social history.

Our multi-phased strategy is based on galvanizing widespread public support to build the Memorial from a variety of American and international stakeholders. Phase 1 of our strategy focused on obtaining bipartisan Congressional support for legislation authorizing a Desert Shield/Storm memorial to be built on federal land in Washington, DC. Phase 2 was focused on obtaining a historically appropriate site for the Memorial via federal approval processes of site selection. Phase 3 is designing and engineering the Memorial in light of its historic significance, its key location in an Area I location and proximity to other landmarks, and its overarching message to visitors from the U.S. and the world. Phase 4 will be the actual construction of the Memorial. Phase 5 will be the opening of the Memorial and associated public events. Concurrent to all of the aforementioned phases is private fundraising to cover all costs as no government funds can be expended in this monumental endeavor.

The Association’s organizational capabilities are very deep and diverse led by a Board of Directors which possesses a myriad of complementary skills in all of the areas required to complete the Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial. The veterans of the Board, and in other Association capacities, represent every Service and every rank, from former E-1s to O-10s. The Association’s diverse socio-economic and geographic composition make it truly reflective of the grass-roots support of building this Memorial for our Nation and its Allies. In some of the more highly specialized and technical areas of expertise where the Association does not have organic expertise, the Association has partnered with professionals to perform these necessary and vital tasks.

The Association has accomplished much by implementing its key strategies. Phase 1 was accomplished through Congressional enabling legislation which the President signed into law on December 19th 2014 authorizing a Desert Shield/Storm memorial to be built on federal land in Washington, DC. In 2017, an additional bill was passed that refined the proposed location of the Memorial to what is referred to as Area I, roughly equivalent to the National Mall, an appropriate location for this consequential chapter in American military, diplomatic, and social history.

Phase 2 was accomplished on June 21, 2018 when the Commission of Fine Arts approved a site for the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial. The approved site is located at 23rd Street, NW & Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington D.C. The decision by the Commission of Fine Arts is the final step in the 3.5-year Site Selection process. The National Park Service and the National Capital Planning Commission recommended this same site earlier in 2018. This premier location is in close proximity to the United States Institute of Peace and the United States Department of State reflecting the monumental diplomatic aspects of assembling a global coalition that united to expel a common threat to peace and security from a sovereign nation. Sitting in the shadow of Lincoln Memorial inspires remembrance of American leadership in the face of uncertainty and peril. Positioned along an axis that includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will evoke not only those veterans’ service and sacrifice, but will also remind all of how a grateful nation should, in fact, treat those amongst us who answered the call of duty.

Phase 3, designing and engineering the Memorial, is currently being accomplished in order to develop a shape, form, and setting that is appropriately aesthetic, relevant, and moving. Professional engineers and designers are at the core of this effort. Upon completion of Phase 3 and obtaining the requisite approvals, Phase 4, construction, can commence. A site dedication ceremony was held on February 26, 2019. We are optimistic that Phase 4 will be underway, and perhaps even for Phase 5 completion. Our goal is to break ground in 2021, the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, and to dedicate the completed memorial in 2022.

Successful fundraising is essential to what has been accomplished and what remains to be accomplished. The Association is utilizing a variety of means to accomplish its fundraising goals including seeking grass-roots donations; selling Desert Storm and Desert Shield commemorative items; engaging a professional philanthropic support organization; and international outreach to the 33 other countries that comprised the coalition.

Financials

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NATIONAL DESERT STORM MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
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Board chair

SCOTT STUMP

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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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