The Smithsonian Institution has announced commitments totaling $12 million from Bonnie and Jere Broh-Kahn in support of education programs.
The gift includes $2 million to name the Broh-Kahn Weil Director of Education at the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. In addition, an $8 million bequest will endow both positions, while a separate $2 million bequest will establish endowments in support of programs at the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History.
Longtime supporters of the institution, the Broh-Kahns have made gifts in support of several Smithsonian museums since 1992. Jere Broh-Kahn was a diplomat with the State Department and served as the chief of the State Department Indochinese refugee program. The couple met in Bangkok, where they were both posted.
"Education at the Smithsonian is so important," said Broh-Kahn. "It goes back to the founder, James Smithson, and his gift to establish the Smithsonian for the 'increase and diffusion of knowledge.' We want knowledge to be diffused to the younger generation. They face climate change and other challenges and need the right knowledge to make the right decisions in their lives."