Raised for Local Nonprofits
326 gifts
Totaling $123,334.00
Donate Dickinson County Day
Raised for Local Nonprofits
326 gifts
Totaling $123,334.00
Raised for Local Nonprofits
326 gifts
Totaling $123,334.00

Eisenhower Foundation

Goal: $10,000.00

Specific Need

Dear Friend,


“The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower said these very words when he returned to his hometown — Abilene, Kansas — on June 22, 1945, less than two months after accepting the surrender of Nazi Germany, which ended World War II.


Consider this quote for a moment. General Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, had literally saved the world from unspeakable horrors, but the thing he was most proud of was that he was able to call Abilene his home. It was here, in Dickinson County in the middle of America, where he learned the values he would rely on to successfully lead our nation and the world.


On the same day these words were uttered, the Eisenhower Foundation was established — 75 years ago. As we reflect on the Foundation’s first 75 years, our vision for the next 75 years becomes more clear: to ensure future generations know and appreciate the extent to which Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Greatest Generation shaped the world we live in today.


And now I need your help to continue teaching about this rich legacy. It is only through generous contributions from donors like you that the Eisenhower Foundation funds the many exhibits, K-12 education programs, and events at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home.


A Special Opportunity for the Community: Donate Dickinson County Day

The Community Foundation of Dickinson County has issued a special challenge to our community. Perhaps you are aware that they serve as a resource for area nonprofits like ours. The Community Foundation believes that philanthropy is a community effort; it is about local support, for local causes. That’s where you come in. 


In that spirit, it is hosting the second-annual Donate Dickinson County Day to help us raise money for our endowment fund. If we are able to secure $10,000 on March 20, 2020, the Community Foundation of Dickinson County, along with a loyal donor, have agreed to match it dollar-for-dollar. All money raised through this matching gift opportunity will be added to our endowment fund at the Community Foundation. I have the same faith in our community that General Eisenhower had, so I’m confident we can reach this goal.


Our endowment assets are invested and managed to secure our organization’s future. These funds provide crucial support for IKEducation programs, temporary exhibits such as “Eisenhower’s Middle Road,” and community events including the annual D-Day Commemoration Symphony at Sunset Concert.


With the recent opening of the all-new exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum, interest in Dwight D. Eisenhower is growing. As new records from his military career and presidency are declassified from our Library holdings and as more and more K-12 students participate in our innovative IKEducation programs, sustained funding from our endowment is essential. This will make it possible for the world, and a new generation, to learn more about Ike’s unparalleled accomplishments as Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and the 34th President of the United States. 


But more importantly, it is vital that we continue to educate current and future generations so our own children in our community will continue to look to Ike as a role model. When our children see what Ike — a kid from Dickinson County, Kansas — accomplished through hard work, they will be inspired to become leaders and heroes in their own way.


Won’t you please join us on Donate Dickinson County Day?  There are two ways to participate:

  1. Drop off - Drop off your donation on Friday, March 20. Donations will be accepted at the drive-thru window of the Community Foundation (418 NW 3rd. St., Abilene, KS).
  2. Online - Donate on this website. Online donations will be accepted on March 20 only, from midnight to midnight.

Only you know what amount is right for you and your family to give. No matter how much you contribute, please know your donation is important. We cannot build our endowment without an outpouring of support from our community. A robust endowment, strategically invested by our own Community Foundation of Dickinson County, ensures that the Eisenhower Foundation has the capacity to grow and thrive for years to come.


Thank you so much for considering this urgent request.  I look forward to receiving your response. As always, please contact me should you have any questions at 785-263-6771 or msleichter@eisenhowerfoundation.net.



Meredith Sleichter

Executive Director


P.S. Your participation in this unique opportunity will help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 so we can receive the additional $10,000 commitment from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County and a loyal donor. This will total $20,000! This is your chance to double your donation and leave a lasting impact on your community that will inspire Abilene’s children for generations to come.


The mission of the Eisenhower Foundation is to honor and champion the relevance today of the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy. His vision of peace, prosperity and justice in the world offers this generation a timely and relevant example for character leadership.


As Supreme Allied Commander of Europe in World War II and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower had a global impact. Representing “all that is good in America,” he demonstrated the vision, wisdom, and selflessness of a remarkable leader in those pivotal years. Currently ranked 5th by the C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey, Ike’s reputation and status continues to rise, as evidenced by the Eisenhower Memorial set to open on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., later this year.


The Eisenhower Foundation was created 75 years ago in 1945 to memorialize General Eisenhower’s military leadership and subsequently to collect his presidential papers. Today, in partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, the Foundation aims to connect the life and legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower, emphasizing his leadership style and accomplishments, to issues today that are of vital importance to our nation and the world. As the Eisenhower Foundation looks forward to the approaching new decade and beyond, we will further our mission to champion the rich legacy of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. His model for effective, bipartisan leadership is one that we all can learn from even today.


2019 Accomplishments:

  1. Met a $12.25 million goal for the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign to support the first comprehensive exhibit renovation for the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in almost 50 years and completing the three-phased renovation within budget;
  2. Served almost 37,000 students and teachers through IKEducation in the last six academic years and hosted 2019 teacher workshop;
  3. Formed a 75th D-Day Commemoration Honorary Committee with 14 members including former President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Senator from Kansas, Bob Dole, and Mary Jean Eisenhower, General Eisenhower’s granddaughter;
  4. Created Eisenhower’s Middle Road, a temporary exhibit at Central Kansas City Public Library focused on Ike's bipartisan politics as 34th U.S. President; and
  5. Partnered with The First Alliance Foundation to create and install Eisenhower-De Gaulle: Alliance and Friendship in War and Peace, a bilingual exhibit in Corridor Perpignan of the Musée de l’Armée de Invalides in Paris, France. The exhibit carefully traces the lives and careers of Charles de Gaulle and Dwight Eisenhower, as they advanced in military rank, created and maintained a relationship, and became political leaders in their respective countries.

2020 Goals:

  1. Launch Virtual IKEducation Classroom that will offer interactive timelines and maps, augmented reality field trips, and free access to more than 40 online curricula that can be easily downloaded for integration into social studies, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), and other classrooms across the country;
  2. Host STEAM Teacher Workshop in summer 2020 where participants will collaborate with museum specialists, archivists, and education professionals at the Eisenhower Presidential Library to create lesson plans that combine Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math with historical topics and primary sources;
  3. Hold events in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with “Eisenhower Week” and the Eisenhower Memorial opening in May 2020 that promote the Eisenhower legacy and Eisenhower Foundation;
  4. Provide support to the Eisenhower Presidential Library for the 2020 public program schedule, including the annual D-Day Commemoration Symphony at Sunset Concert; and
  5. Provide funding to develop the Eisenhower Presidential Library’s 2020 temporary exhibits.

Photos & Videos

Students participating in IKEducation.
Students participating in IKEducation.
Symphony at Sunset concert.
Symphony at Sunset concert.
Students participating in IKEducation.
Students participating in IKEducation.
Meet Ike & Mamie Again...for the first time
What has IKEducation been up to?
101st Airborne photo booth
101st Airborne photo booth
"Holding History" carts
"Holding History" carts
Students looking up at legendary Ike statue
Students looking up at legendary Ike statue
$29,580.00 received
in 38 gifts
295.80%  of  $10,000.00 Goal


P.O. Box 295
Abilene KS 67410
Phone: (785) 263-6771

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