The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, has announced a $1.9 million gift from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in support of the museum's long-term financial sustainability.
Awarded as part of the museum's Call to Duty Centennial capital campaign, the grant will support the museum's efforts to boost fundraising and awareness, nationally as well as internationally. The funds also will enable the museum to hire additional staff, including Michael House as senior vice president; conduct research projects; engage a strategic communications firm; and upgrade its membership and donation software.
"This gift will truly help propel the National World War I Museum and Memorial into another stratosphere," said National World War I Museum and Memorial president and CEO Matthew Naylor. "Already recognized as one of the world's great museums and memorials, this investment from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will allow for the museum to amplify its stature regionally, nationally, and internationally."