Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Military Heritage Foundation dba Army Heritage Center Foundation

  • CARLISLE, PA
  • www.armyheritage.org

Mission Statement

To promote the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and its programs, and to sustain and enhance the Center's ability to inform and educate the American public on contributions by Soldiers and the U.S. Army to our nation's history.

Main Programs

  1. Visitor and Education Center, Phase Two Construction
  2. Voices of the Past Speak to the Future Oral History Program
  3. National History Day in Pennsylvania
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Army Heritage Center Foundation supports the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC). The USAHEC is a free and publicly accessible research center and a museum with a focus on the U.S. Army and its Soldiers.  The Center documents through its library, manuscript, photo, and audiovisual archives; its museum displays and interpretive exhibits the history of the Nation, the U.S. Army, and the contributions of Soldiers and their families.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Robert Scales

Keywords

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Army, history, museum, archives, public, soldiers, AHEC, education, conservation

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EIN

25-1830984

Physical Address

950 Soldiers Drive

Carlisle, 17013

Also Known As

Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF)

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Interdisciplinary Research (V30)

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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Last November, the Foundation broke ground on the expansion of the Visitor and Education Center. With the Army's approval, the Foundation plans to build "The Hall of the American Soldier"--a 7,500 square-feet addition that will be completed in 2016.

The USAHEC and the Foundation has an active program that links our Soldiers to the American Public. In 2015, more than 156,000 visitors discovered how our Soldiers have contributed to the Nation.

The Foundation brought teachers and students for workshops at USAHEC and informed teachers how to use USAHEC's resources to better teach our Nation's history and our Soldiers' role in defense of the Nation. For young students, we introduced them to primary source materials and the joy of historical research. Their management of the State-wide National History Day in PA program affected 12,000 students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 2015 and 60 students from PA participated in the National competition.

The excellent programs of USAHEC and the Foundation are constantly being recognized. USAHEC is now a Smithsonian Affiliate, a unique honor for an Army museum. Jeff Hawks, the Foundation's Education Director, also received the Adler Friend of Education Award for his efforts with National History Day from the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

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

Visitor and Education Center, Phase Two Construction

VEC Phase IIB will:    1)      Create the architectural defining feature for the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 
   2)      Provide an additional 37,000 square feet to include an additional exhibit and interpretive gallery, two additional multipurpose rooms, improved conferencing capabilities, additional parking, and improved capacity to support larger and more complex educational programs and veteran reunions.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$9,000,000.00

Program 2

Voices of the Past Speak to the Future Oral History Program

Education Program: creating lesson plans and educational products for students and teachers, also includes the Voices of the Part Speak to the Future oral history program. This program pairs high school students with World War II veterans to collect their military history and experience.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

National History Day in Pennsylvania

The Army Heritage Center Foundation manages the National History Day program in Pennsylvania and runs the state-wide competion each May.
 
National History Day represents an innovative approach to teaching history that engages students in self-directed learning, motivates them to question and explore, and develops their critical thinking and languagearts skills. 
 
The National History Day program enhances education in Pennsylvania by improving student achievement and encouraging the use of Pennsylvania’s vast education resources including libraries, archives, museums, heritage sites, and historical organizations.
National History Day encourages students – home school, public and private – in grades 6 through 12 to become subject matter experts on an historical theme.  Alone they can write research papers. Aloneor in teams of 2 to 5, they take their research and create an exhibit, website, performance or documentary film.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$25,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goal 1: Ensure Foundation sustainability.

    Goal 2: Build relationships and partnerships that help expand the influence, reach, and support for the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

    Goal 3: Expand the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus so that the Center more fully communicates its invaluable holdings to the United States Army and the American people.

    Goal 4: Enhance the attractiveness and functionality of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center as a visitor destination (physically and virtually).

    Goal 5: Develop and support on-site, off-site, and web-based education programs and resources that enhance the understanding of the role of the Army and its Soldiers in our nation's history, and drive traffic to the USAHEC and Foundation websites.

    Goal 6: Provide a meaningful and professionally stimulating environment for board and staff members.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    KPI 1: Foundation raises $350,000 annually from the annual appeal, memberships; special events, program contribution transfers, business operation transfers, and CFC to fund management and general and fundraising programs.

    KPI 2: The Foundation has an effective program that touches, on a quarterly basis, each classification of partner and supporter and that leads to growth in the intellectual, financial, and emotional capital for the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

    KPI 3: Foundation secures $9 million to support Phase II construction of visitor center not later than CY 2016.

    KPI 4: Foundation provides a profitable museum store with quality merchandise that turns over the average cost of its inventory at least three times during the calendar year.

    KPI 5: The Foundation sustains quarterly teacher workshops and oral history program, adds four (4) new Soldier stories to the website yearly, and continues to manage National History Day in Pennsylvania.

    KPI 6: Board and staff specific: Annually, Foundation Board Members bring one (1) potential donor to an event at the USAHEC, identify and accompany staff on two (2) potential cultivation calls; and meet with Foundation staff to discuss program needs and opportunities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1.Financial.
    a. Source of Funds. The Foundation obtains its support from seven sources – membership in the Foundation, special events and special event sponsorships, annual appeal, external donation programs such as the federal government Combined Federal Campaign, donations to specific programs, and business operations.
    b.The Foundation spends its funds to support management oversight, fundraising and fundraising programs, education program, and other programs and support to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

    2. Human.
    a. The Foundation's internal capital is composed of the Board of Directors, the paid Foundation staff, and volunteers.
    b. The Foundation's external capital includes individual donors, museum and campus visitors, individuals affiliated with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army War College, corporations, and foundations.

    3. Cultural/Intellectual. The staff and collections of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provide the material, culture, and intellectual capital available to the Foundation.

    4. Physical. The location and relationship of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center to major population centers, interstates, and other major tourism venues, and the campus and its facilities provide significant advantages to building visitation and programs.

    5. Technological. The Foundation has the ability to exploit print and electronic media to build support for the Foundation and the programs of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Measure our efforts against the established key performance indicators (KPI) on an annual basis. Review both board member and staff contributions to the against our established benchmarks.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The development of a strategic plan and its key components was validated by the board at its May 2014 meeting.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Army Heritage Center Foundation supports the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC). The USAHEC is a free and publicly accessible research center and a museum with a focus on the U.S. Army and its Soldiers.  The Center documents through its library, manuscript, photo, and audiovisual archives; its museum displays and interpretive exhibits the history of the Nation, the U.S. Army, and the contributions of Soldiers and their families.

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Funding Needs

The Foundation dominant priority is raising the funds for construction of phase two of the Visitor and Education Center. Phase Two will include additional public and education meeting and exhibit spaces.

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Independent Charities of America

Combined Federal Campaign

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Financials

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MILITARY HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Military Heritage Foundation dba Army Heritage Center Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Robert Scales

BIO

Dr. Robert Scales is one of America's most respected authorities on land warfare. He is President of Colgen, Inc, a consulting firm specializing in land power, war gaming and strategic leadership training. As a Major General, he commanded units in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star for action during battles around Dong Ap Bia in the summer of 1969.  He served in command and staff positions in the U.S., Germany, and Korea and ended his military career as Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. He created the Army After Next program, the first attempt to build a strategic game and operational concept for future land warfare. He is the author of: Certain Victory, the official account of the Army in the Gulf War;  Firepower in Limited War, a history of the evolution of firepower doctrine since the Korean War; Future Warfare, a strategic anthology on Americas wars to come and Yellow Smoke: the Future of Land Warfare for Americas Military. He was the only serving officer to have written books selected for inclusion in the official reading lists of three services (Army, Marines and Navy).  He is a frequent consultant with the senior leadership of every service in the Department of Defense and allied militaries. He is senior military analyst for The BBC, NPR, and Fox News. He has been a commentator on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, PBS, and TLC.  He is a graduate of West Point and earned his PhD in history from Duke University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Goal 1: Ensure Foundation sustainability.

Goal 2: Build relationships and partnerships that help expand the influence, reach, and support for the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

Goal 3: Expand the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus so that the Center more fully communicates its invaluable holdings to the United States Army and the American people.

Goal 4: Enhance the attractiveness and functionality of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center as a visitor destination (physically and virtually).

Goal 5: Develop and support on-site, off-site, and web-based education programs and resources that enhance the understanding of the role of the Army and its Soldiers in our nation's history, and drive traffic to the USAHEC and Foundation websites.

Goal 6: Provide a meaningful and professionally stimulating environment for board and staff members."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

MG Robert Scales

Colgen, LP

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity