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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/02/2013: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND INC

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/02/2013: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND INC

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Also Known As: VVMF
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20037 
EIN: 52-1149668
Web URL: www.vvmf.org 
Blog URL: vvmf.wordpress.com/ 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A50 Museum & Museum Activities
B Educational Institutions
B20 Elementary, Secondary Ed
W Public, Society Benefit
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations
Ruling Year: 1979 
How This Organization Is Funded: Time Warner - $10,000,000
Government of Australia - $3,300,000
Heisley Family Foundation - $250,000


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Mission Statement

Veteran Jan Scruggs founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in 1979 to bring honor and recognition to the men and women who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War. Since dedicating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, VVMF has continued to aid the healing process for veterans and families, and preserve the spirit of reverence for our veterans. VVMF strives to to inspire and enhance education on the impacts of the Vietnam War Era.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2010

Total Revenue $11,381,090
Total Expenses $6,712,046,017

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Mr. Jan Scruggs, Esq.

Term:

Since Jan 1979

Profile:

Jan Scruggs is Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He conceived the idea of building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the most visited monument in Washington, D.C., as a tribute to those who served during this longest war in American history. More than 40 million people have visited the Memorial since its dedication in 1982. Mr. Scruggs served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was wounded and decorated for gallantry. He was appointed by President Clinton to the Selective Service Appeals Board, is a board member of the National Veterans Legal Services Project, and is special assistant to the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In 1993, he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees. Mr. Scruggs received his B.A. and M.Ed. from The American University, Washington, D.C., and his law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Leadership Statement:

When engaged in the mission of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, there is a word that I’m particularly fond of.  That word is: momentum. For those connected with VVMF, 2011 was all about building momentum. In the course of  this one year, the programs we dedicated ourselves to have gathered more and more steam, and resulted in forward motion that is carrying us closer to the goals contained in our mission statement. It is this momentum that will take us into our 30th  Anniversary year, and far beyond. The energy and drive created in 2011 will propel us as we go about the challenge of making the dream of the Education Center at The Wall a reality. In it, we will honor those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. Since 1982, The Wall has stood as a solemn tribute to those who did not return from war in Southeast Asia. Under our care in 2011, it has remained among America’s most valued treasures—the place where the promise of “Never Forget” is kept. It is our continuing duty to honor, to remember the names, faces and lives of those we lost. As important as it is to remember the fallen, VVMF’s mission is also to help visitors better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The cornerstone of our efforts in 2011 was the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall, where we will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on The Wall. The Build the Center campaign not only took shape in 2011… it gained momentum throughout the year. The challenge called for an almost staggering amount of effort by all departments of VVMF, and beat all expectations. I am proud of VVMF’s momentum in 2011. We will continue to gain energy as we move into our 30th year and beyond. Thank you for your support that made these programs possible in the past year. Sincerely, Jan C. Scruggs, Esq.

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Program: Memorial Maintenance (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$118,588
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Adults
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Military/Veterans

Program Description:

Since its dedication in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been viewed by nearly one hundred million people, making it one of the most visited memorials on the National Mall. VVMF has made stewardship of the memorial and its grounds a critical part of its mission. From the beginning, VVMF has taken an active role with the National Park Service (NPS) to care for its physical needs. Thanks to generous private donations, the Memorial remains a loving tribute of hope and remembrance, which will continue for years to come. As an organization, we have already committed ourselves to renovating our memorial site. We believe it is our duty to make sure it remains a fitting tribute to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. In 2011, renovations to the lawns, flagpole and base, and directory stands were completed or well under way. For more information on VVMF's work with the memorial, visit our website at http://vvmf.org/memorial

Program Long-Term Success:

The Memorial has been visited by more than 80 million people (4 million people annually), making it one of the most visited memorials on the National Mall. The significance this memorial has on its visitors is different for each person (veteran, tourist, and child), and the impact of these visits, while meaningful, is different and immeasurable. VVMF has worked to confirm the beauty and tranquility of the memorial is preserved so the millions of visitors still coming, have the same opportunity to have those unique and emotional experiences.

Program Short-Term Success:

Last year, VVMF worked to restore some of the original beauty of the memorial lost over time. In 2011, VVMF partnered with the National Park Service on the restoration and improvement of the In Memory plaque located in the Three Servicemen statue plaza. Also, VVMF was able to add 5 names to The Wall, bringing closure to 5 more families and countless loved ones.

Program Success Monitored by:

The care and needs of the memorial are monitored by VVMF, National Parks Service, and volunteers. The name additions are determined by the Department of Defense.

Program Success Examples:

Since 1982, the Department of Defense has determined over 200 names were eligible to be added to The Wall. VVMF has added all these names with the same ceremony and care as the original names, bringing closure to 200 veterans family and friends

Program: Ceremonies (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$290,638
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Military/Veterans
Adults
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program Description:

VVMF hosts six annual ceremonies at The Wall that garner national attention, and draw thousands of people to The Wall to remember and honor those whose names are on The Wall, other men and women who died as a result of the war whose names aren’t on the wall, and the sacrifices of the family and friends left at home. For more information on VVMF's work with the memorial, visit our website at http://vvmf.org/Ceremonies

Program Long-Term Success:

These ceremonies have had a huge impact in raising raises awareness, honoring veterans and their families, educating Americans, and inspiring civic responsibility.

Program Short-Term Success:

With every ceremony, fallen are remembered, veterans are honored, families are brought closure, and future generations are educated on the impacts of so many sacrifices.

Program Success Monitored by:

Programs are monitored by the number of attendees, feedback from volunteers and supporters, and the National Park Service.

Program Success Examples:

Each of these ceremonies draws people from different states and with a different connection to the memorial, and holds a special place in the healing process still necessary for those left behind. In a given year anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 attend these ceremonies, with over 10,000 participants attending last year.

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Budget:
$198,658
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Military/Veterans
Adults
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

VVMF promotes healing and provides education about the impact of the Vietnam War through its traveling memorial called The Wall that Heals (TWTH). TWTH is a 1/2 scale replica of The Wall sent to communities nationwide, making it possible for millions of individuals who are unable to travel to Washington, DC to recognize, remember and honor those who served and died. TWTH also includes an educational museum to inspire and enhance Vietnam War Era education in schools.The museum is a small scale of a unique, interactive educational experience that will be used in the Education Center at The Wall.  For more information about TWTH please visit our website at http://vvmf.org/twth

Program Long-Term Success:

At every stop in TWTH 12 years , new visitors are able to find closure by visiting their loved ones name on The Wall, and able to share their stories, and remember the sacrifice, preserving the legacies of the brave men and women on The Wall.

Program Short-Term Success:

The museum helps in VVMF’s mission of educating, and works as an invaluable tool to school teachers. Many teachers take their classrooms to the museum for a more developed, hands-on approach to their curriculum on the Vietnam War Era.

Program Success Monitored by:

The need for TWTH is exhibited through the continued high attendance and requests from communities to host TWTH.

Program Success Examples:

Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 300 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions. In 2011, "The Wall That Heals" visited 30 communities and hosted over 257,000 visitors.

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Budget:
$224,388
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Adults

Program Description:

In an effort to increase the number of students in secondary education learning about the Vietnam War, VVMF created a teaching guide.  The guide features a teachers' guide, two posters, two books, a video and a war chronology provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and, VVMF distributes this guide to teachers and educators throughout the nation. For more information on VVMF's education programs please visit our website at http://vvmf.org/vvmf-education

Program Long-Term Success:

The materials and outreach done through the education program provides students with historical information about the Vietnam War as well as an understanding of leadership, citizenship and character.

Program Short-Term Success:

This multifaceted curriculum has expanded and evolved since 1998. VVMF has added more grade specific activities to the curriculum, and, in 2002, created the Teach Vietnam Teachers Network. Members of the Network serve as ambassadors of VVMF’s curriculum throughout the U.S. There are currently over 300 ambassadors raising awareness of the materials that VVMF.

Program Success Monitored by:

The program received high marks from U.S. educators and earned endorsements from many national and state organizations, including the National Council for the Social Studies and the Illinois State Board of Education, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It also gained recognition through programs on CNN coinciding with Veterans Day 1998 and articles in USA Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Washington Times and VFW Magazine, among others.

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Since 2008, a full time staff member has continued development of the material and distributed over 500 guides to 47 different states. In 2010 alone, 95 guides were sent to 91 schools in 38 states.

Program: Education Center at The Wall (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$584,488
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

The Education Center at The Wall will be a place where service to our nation and our communities will be elevated and celebrated. Direct community involvement will be solicited from the visitors. The dramatic vehicle through which this will be accomplished will be the digital display of the photographs of the fallen on large screens and powerful displays of some of the 300,000 remembrances left at The Wall. There are four main exhibit areas of the Education Center at The Wall and one temporary exhibit space.  • The first area a visitor enters is the America’s Legacy of Service. This exhibit places the Vietnam War in the context of all other wars our nation has fought, from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. • The visitor then moves into the second exhibit that contains objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during its 30 year existence. The objects are remembrances of soldiers and those who fought in the war or lived through the tumultuous Vietnam Era. There will also be objects from fellow veterans who served in past or current conflicts and from family members and relatives. • The third component of the exhibits is a multimedia timeline that will explore the history of the Vietnam War.  • Finally the visitors will experience the Wall of Faces. The wall will be a two story multimedia wall that will make the names on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial visible.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

2011 saw expanded outreach efforts for the National Call for Photos. Over 23,000 photos have been collected.• During the year, the Call for Photos has received coverage from over 75 different news outlets.• Partnering with HISTORY®, VVMF hosted four press events around the country helping raise awareness of the Education Center.

Program Success Monitored by:

The project team, which consists of Ennead Architects, Tishman Construction, AECOM, RAA, as well as other sub-contractors and consultants, has made significant process regarding the development of the Education Center.Tishman Construction has been essential with the development and maintenance of the overall project schedule, and has worked closely with the VVMF to solicit estimates from multiple union contractors, as well as veteran participation. VVMF estimates that as many as 820 new jobs will be created during the project, some of which will include full-time positions after the completion of the Education Center. No less than 70 percent of these new positions will be available to veterans.In April, VVMF began geotechnical and soil testing on the future site of the Education Center at The Wall. This was an important first step in planning for the actual construction of the underground learning facility.

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, know as The Wall, has become one of the most visited memorials in the nations capital, with over 4 million visitors each year. The impacts of this memorial has provided healing and closure to Vietnam veterans and their loved ones were innumerable and unquantifiable. Every year, VVMF expands these impacts throughout the nation. In 2012, VVMF increased several programs, spreading awareness and touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Through its 6 annual ceremonies, VVMF hosted over 20,000 guestsa. VVMF's The Wall That Heals (TWTH), a 1/2 replica of The Wall, traveled to 26 communities, where it hosted over 200,000 visitors. VVMF reached out to schools throughout the nation to expanded there teaching materials on the Vietnam War Era. All of these programs have reached out to honor veterans and expand education, by reaching veterans, community leaders, and students. VVMF's top goal is to secure the necessary funding to build a center to preserve the legacies of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War and to inspire education in youths. This center has been approved by Congress and the President and will be located across the street from The Wall.  The Education Center will further the Memorial Funds mission and provide an interactive and unique experience that will contextualize the memorials on the National Mall.  An $85 million project is still in the process of raising funds.
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