Arts, Culture, and Humanities

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.jfklibrary.org

Mission Statement

Established in 1963, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources to ensure that the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a vibrant, living memorial to our 35th President. Our mission is to inspire public service, civic responsibility, civil rights, scientific discovery and creative cultural pursuits by preserving and promoting the legacy of President John F. Kennedy; and to continually engage and inspire new audiences with his message of peace, optimism and service.pasting

Main Programs

  1. Web and Digital Archives Project
  2. Education
  3. Events
  4. Awards
Service Areas

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International

The Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located on Columbia Point in Dorchester, which is home to home to some of Boston's most important institutions (the Library, Commonwealth Museum, EMK Institute, UMass Boston) as well as residents who live in the mixed-income Harbor Point community. We offer free programming for the community, and also are a major draw for national and international visitors. In 2015 alone, the Library welcomed visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.

ruling year

1963

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Steven M. Rothstein

Keywords

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Kennedy Library, JFK Library, Kennedy, PICA

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Also Known As

Kennedy Library Foundation

EIN

04-6113130

 Number

6204627228

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The JFK Library Foundation has successfully launched several new programs and initiatives aimed at transforming the institution for the future. They include:* The successful completion of our first major Museum renovation in over 20 years, introducing new technology, interactive exhibits, enhanced sound, and large video screens to make the Museum - and the Kennedy legacy - more vivid and accessible, particularly for young people. A Boston public high school student described the newly renovated Museum as having ""a bright atmosphere with a very patriotic tone… The way visiting a museum like this one is different than anything else is that the history comes alive. It plays to all of your senses."" * Increasing our reach through online programming, including a new ""JFK Challenge"" app that teaches children about the Space Race and the Peace Corps; broadcasting all Forum programs live and on demand; and launching a new Twitter feed, @JFKsaid, that offers a daily quote from JFK with relevance to current events. * Hosting our first international symposium in Tokyo, Japan, with keynote speeches by former President Bill Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The symposium was filmed by NHK television which subsequently aired a 100-minute documentary that reached 3 million viewers in over 130 countries. In 2017, individuals around the world will celebrate the Centennial of President Kennedy's birth, and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum will be the center of those activities. To maximize our impact, we are planning national and international programming, as well as a special permanent exhibit here at the Kennedy Library - the Legacy Gallery - that will highlight the world events that were set in motion through President Kennedy's actions and ideals. The JFK Centennial is a one-time and irreplaceable opportunity to garner support for his library, to focus worldwide attention on his legacy, and to inspire younger generations to carry on his ideals.

Programs

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

Program 1

Web and Digital Archives Project

In 2011, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library unveiled the nation's largest and most sophisticated online digital archive of a United States president. Our goal with the Archive is to provide worldwide accessibility to the collections of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library via the Internet, to minimize wear and tear on these treasured and irreplaceable physical assets, and to enhance the capability to search the collection using metadata. Today, the JFK online digital archives is considered a state-of-the-art model by the National Archives. The digitization of archival records is becoming an essential means to allow the public greater access to our national treasures via websites, social media and mobile applications.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 2

Education

The Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum serves more than 20,000 students each year -free of charge -with award-winning educational programming that fosters leadership skills such as public speaking, constructive debate, and critical thinking, and also makes young people aware of the lasting impact of President Kennedy's term in office - a legacy that includes The Peace Corps, the United States Space Program, and the fight for Civil Rights. Outreach efforts targeted to the Boston Public Schools include:* A dedicated School and Community Outreach Coordinator who works to ensure robust participation from urban students and to reduce barriers to access.* Free bus transportation for BPS classes to visit the museum, and reserved registration slots for BPS in all our programs.* Professional development for 3rd-12th grade teachers.* Free classroom and museum guides, on-line curricula, and the New Frontiers newsletter, offering exciting approaches to teaching social studies, history, and civics.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$413,900.00

Program 3

Events

The Kennedy Library Forums are the flagship public program that helps define the Kennedy Presidential Library as a major center for political thought, debate and exchange. The Forum series attracts national and world leaders and experts from fields of government, journalism, education, civil rights, science, arts, literature and music, law, and history for public discussion on a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President Kennedy. Our Forums are free to the public and made possible by our generous underwriters. Recent Forum guests include: Attorney General Eric Holder; Robert Redford; Sergei Khrushchev & Jack Scholssberg; Caroline Kennedy; NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy; Elizabeth Warren; Conan O'Brien; Alan Brinkley; Madeleine Albright; Carole King; Patrick Hemingway; Andre Dubus III; Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, to name a few. We also are proud to offer the Celebrate! series for family audiences and children, highlighting America's rich cultural diversity through the arts. All performances are free and open to the public.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$443,000.00

Program 4

Awards

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award is the nation's most prestigious honor for public servants. The Award was created in 1989 by members of President Kennedy's family to honor the President and to recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most. The annual Profile in Courage Award seeks to make Americans aware of the courageous acts of their public servants, and to encourage elected officials to choose the public interest over partisanship - to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. The Library also acknowledges and encourages the contributions of young people through our Profile in Courage Essay Contest and the New Frontier Award. The New Frontier Awards are presented annually to exceptional young Americans under the age of 40 whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$452,450.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located on Columbia Point in Dorchester, which is home to home to some of Boston's most important institutions (the Library, Commonwealth Museum, EMK Institute, UMass Boston) as well as residents who live in the mixed-income Harbor Point community. We offer free programming for the community, and also are a major draw for national and international visitors. In 2015 alone, the Library welcomed visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.

Funding Needs

1. Provide Free Educational Programming for Low-Income Youth, including guided field trips, public speaking and budget simulation programs, workshops and seminars for teachers, and a free bus program for Boston public school students. 2. Implement Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Directors in April 2013. Priorities include: Goal 1: Use President Kennedy's record and ideas as a platform for inspiring public service, civic engagement, civil discourse, civil rights, scientific discovery, and creative cultural pursuits, all with relevance to contemporary challenges. Goal 2: Expand the audience of the JFK Library and Museum by connecting with individuals with no living memory of President Kennedy, in addition to those who do; encouraging both audiences to become co-creators of content contributing to the Kennedy legacy; using state-of-the-art technology to engage global, national, and local audiences; and updating the Museum experience. Goal 3: Ensure that the Foundation has the human capital and financial resources it needs to achieve the goals and objectives of this plan.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

National Archives and Records Administration - Affiliate

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JOHN F KENNEDY LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Steven M. Rothstein

BIO

Steven M. Rothstein is an accomplished non-profit administrator, public servant, and entrepreneur. As President of the world-renowned Perkins School for the Blind, Rothstein led the institution through a period of significant growth. During his eleven year tenure from 2003-2014, he grew in-person and online educational services from 40,000 to 900,000 people, diversified teacher training services to all 50 states, increased academic offerings, and expanded to 30 new countries. While there, with strong partners, staff and Board members, he completed a $136 million capital campaign, the largest in the school's history, led the largest capital building program in 100 years, and grew annual operating revenue from $40 million to $72 million. In collaboration with the amazing team, he also started and led the Perkins online educational programs so Perkins became the largest trainer of teachers and parents in the blindness field.In 1979, Rothstein was part of the founding team of Citizens Energy Corporation with Joseph P. Kennedy II. In his six years as General Manager at Citizens, the world's first nonprofit social mission oil company, he assisted needy citizens with low cost oil, natural gas, electricity and pharmaceutical services. Most recently, Rothstein served as CEO of Citizen Schools, a national non-profit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. During his time at Citizen Schools, the reach of educational and STEM services nearly quadrupled from 5,000 to almost 20,000 students.Having served on numerous non-profit boards throughout his career, Rothstein is currently a Director of the Brady Campaign and Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence. He graduated with honors from Williams College and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University. He and his wife have two grown sons and reside in Somerville, Massachusetts.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"August 30, 2016
Dear Friends and Supporters of the JFK Library and Foundation:

This appointment as the next Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is truly humbling. I have deep appreciation to the Library Foundation's Board and leadership for their selection and trust.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who, through the art of politics, seek a new and better world. Through the inspiration of President Kennedy and members of his family, I have built my career around assisting individuals that have been in the shadows of society.

My professional opportunities over several decades have supported this quest. I have learned from so many people. My experiences include:
• Working with individuals with different abilities including those with developmental disabilities, visual impairment and other challenges.
• Working with students in urban education.
• Supporting individuals and enterprises to make a positive environmental impact.
• Helping those who cannot afford their energy bills.

Earlier in my career, I had opportunities to work with the Kennedy family. This work included supporting Senator Edward M. Kennedy's senatorial and presidential campaigns and Joe Kennedy II's 1986 congressional campaign. I was also one of the founding team of Citizens Energy Corporation, which Joe Kennedy and the current team continue to make important social, economic and environmental impact.

I am thrilled to join our amazing Board, team and supporters at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and look forward to building upon the successful collaboration between the Foundation and Library to make President Kennedy's legacy accessible and meaningful to new generations. If you have not been to the Library and Museum (or you have not been for a while), please come by and let me know if you are here; it would be a special pleasure to personally welcome you if I am available. If you cannot visit in the near future, I encourage you to engage with the millions of archival documents available online that offer a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of John F. Kennedy. And if you'd like further information about the Library's public programs and initiatives, please sign up for our newsletter.

In addition to numerous executive and legislative accomplishments, President Kennedy and his family brought hope, inspiration, optimism and a commitment to public service and civic engagement. Please join with me and others to reinvigorate this effort. Despite the many challenges faced in our country and abroad, our future will be brighter if our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to reach the same level of engagement.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions for how the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation can be an important building block in our bright future together.

Sincerely,

Steven Rothstein"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Kenneth R Feinberg

The Feinberg Group

Term: Nov 2009 -

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