Arts, Culture, and Humanities

AMERICAN FALLEN WARRIOR MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

  • Kansas City, KS
  • afwmf.org

Mission Statement

Mission: American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation (AFWMF) is to honor, preserve, and protect the legacies of all Fallen Warriors who have given their lives in the Gulf War to present time, War on Terror.


Vision: AFWMF is to educate the children of a Grateful Nation concerning the ultimate sacrifice given to protect our freedoms; it is essential to ensure that our Fallen Warriors never be forgotten.

Main Programs

  1. Armed Forces Day Banquet 2016
  2. Run for the Fallen 2016
  3. KCK Flag Event 2016
  4. Veterans Day Cookout 2016

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Service Areas

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National

Kansas City, Kansas is AFWMF primary office. Additionally, Wyandotte County is the future home of GoldStar Wall. Our secondary office is the home town of Jack Barnes, Amarillo, Tx. We have a physical presence in the state of Kansas and Texas. Furthermore, we have board members located in the states of Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana.

ruling year

2011

AFWMF President of the Board

Self-reported

Jack Barnes

AFWMF Vice President of the Board

Self-reported

Kathryn Taylor

Keywords

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arts & culture; economic development; commemorative events; education

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Also Known As

GoldStar Wall

EIN

27-5552077

 Number

1691717660

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Economic Development (S30)

Commemorative Events (A84)

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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American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation (AFWMF) is cultivating local and national awareness for the GoldStar Wall- our capital project to commemorate the lives of Fallen Soldiers. Our public events create effective marketing for AFWMF's mission and vision. In educating the public about our Fallen Soldiers- their lives, service, and the ultimate sacrifices given, we are steadily cultivating vital relationships. Thus, building the foundation for achieving our capital project goal - GoldStar Wall. Furthermore, Wyandotte County, Kansas is in partnership with AFWMF -securing 20 acres to create a centrally located war monument for the United States to honor all branches of service men/women from the Gulf War to present time, War on Terror who have given their lives in exchange for our freedom.


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

Armed Forces Day Banquet 2016

Community impact event to honor our active military, living Veterans, Fallen Warriors, and Gold Star families. May 21st, 2016- North Exhibit Hall; Amarillo Civic Center; Amarillo, Tx at 6:00 p.m.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 2

Run for the Fallen 2016

5 k run that supports the current capital project for AFWMF- GoldStar Wall. The run is in collaboration with LoneStar Runners Club of Amarillo, Tx. This event is a run/walk that takes place within the city limits of Amarillo.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,700.00

Program 3

KCK Flag Event 2016

Community impact event to commemorate Fallen Soldiers from the Gulf War to present time, War on Terror. All service men and women who died serving their country thru combat and PTSD will be honored by the display of 8,000 8"x12" American flags in a star formation. May 30, 2016 in City Park area, Wyandotte county Kansas; JROTC will ceremoniously display flags in formation to honor the fallen.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 4

Veterans Day Cookout 2016

Cookout event to honor all American Veterans. Location in Amarillo, Texas.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$9,700.00

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?
    American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation is currently in a capital campaign to build the only national war memorial honoring all Fallen Warriors from the Gulf War to present time, War on Terror. GoldStar Wall is the only memorial, centrally located, honoring all branches of service men and women from these recent wars - more than 7,000 combat casualties as well as PTSD related deaths.

    The main design concept of GoldStar Wall is the formation of a service star- representing a Fallen Soldier. Its 130-feet tall flag archway serves as a landmark, and point of entry. In the center of the memorial contains 56 flags representing the United States and territories. Points of the star are edged with granite walls that carry the plaques of our Fallen Warriors. Seating areas function as a fountain and seats- a place of reflection. A large circular path creates points of access to the entire monument - lined with names of all donors. Additionally, two buildings will flank the archway on either side- for the information area, auditorium, exhibit hall on one side and foundation administration, outreach, and library center on the remaining side.

    GoldStar Wall is being built in City Park area Wyandotte County, Kansas. It brings community revitalization through its arts & culture attributes; creating an aesthetically beautiful institution for educating on the costs of war in all forms, including the sacrifice of lives for our country's freedoms. Additionally, it contributes greatly to increasing economic development in the local community as well as economically impacting the entire State of Kansas- due to sustainable real estate values multiplying , new job creation, and tourism.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Since 2011, AFWMF has on-going public marketing campaign for Kansas City, Kansas as well as nationally -concerning Fallen Soldiers in our recent wars. Historically, commemorative monuments to honor our Fallen have taken years- even multiple decades to erect. Our living Veterans, GoldStar families, and the legacies of American service men and women require opportune recognition for the ultimate sacrifices of lives given.

    AFWMF fundraises through sustainable scheduled weekend events in Texas and Kansas.

    AFWMF has incorporated organizational transparency into its standards. Thus, bridging our mission and organizational structure/administration to our relationships with stakeholders including current donors & potential donors.

    AFWMF is participating in CFC and SECC to increase its ability to build financial relationships with corporations/agencies/businesses and their employees. Additionally, AFWMF publicly launches its capital campaign for GoldStar Wall in May 2016. Furthermore, we are strategically working on securing private foundational grants to supplement funding throughout the developmental stages in the GoldStar Wall project.

    AFWMF has secured donor database software to build on the past, current, and future relationships with individuals, businesses, agencies, and other supportive organizations. Additionally, its utilized in managing grants and volunteers.

    Moreover, these strategies, collectively, create an environment for cultivating relationships with donors. Thus, opening doors for major gifts throughout the developmental stages of the GoldStar Wall, and encouraging donor endowments. Furthermore, a large public support base encourages private foundational support through financial grants of various sizes.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Jack Barnes, AFWMF Board President and the Board of Directors resiliently volunteer their time, talent, skills, and experience. Additionally, our past, present, and future volunteers work with tenacity to continue the efforts to build GoldStar Wall.

    AFWMF has volunteers and members with strong skills, talent, and experience in:

    -volunteering
    -donor database management
    -donor cultivation
    -fundraising strategy
    -marketing strategy
    -business administration
    -human resource management
    -grant writing
    -campaigning
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Positive progress is in garnering increased public support of our campaign to build GoldStar Wall within the next five years. This entails financial contributions, in-kind support, and skill-based volunteerism- up to our goal of $40 million.

    Utilizing donor database software connects the complexities of skill-base volunteerism, donor relationships, diverse ways to financially campaign, and grant management. Additionally, it creates reports from the information inputed to support what financial contributions have been made as well as bringing light to areas AFWMF needs to improve to reach and exceed its financial goals.

    The establishing of continued substantial corporate sponsorships fashions large sustainable financial contributions to the AFWMF for the GoldStar Wall project. Additionally, the future educational programs within the foundation have a sustainable financial support.

    In securing numerous private foundational grants during the developmental stages of GoldStar Wall, it shows strong elevated levels of public support. Grants are given to projects/programs that have high probably in positively impacting the quality of life for targeted groups of people and/or the general population of a local/national area.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Land acquisition for a capital project is extremely critical to its viability. American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation has secured 20 acres for building its war monument. The partnership with Wyandotte County Unified Government in Kansas City, Kansas is contingent upon AFWMF's ability to secure financial contributions of up to $40 million.

    Additionally, AFWMF has an introductory development plan for the monument; utilizing all 20 acres of land. Furthermore, AFWMF secures an architect and project manager for the GoldStar Wall.

    AFWMF has success with fundraising activities in Texas. In moving forward, it is crucial to the GoldStar Wall project to build a consistent volunteer and donor base in Texas and Kansas- continue cultivating relationships that lead to annual donors, on-going corporate sponsorship, major gifts, and endowments.

    AFWMF creates local and national public awareness of its mission to bring honor to our Fallen Warriors, living Veterans, and Gold Star families. Lastly, local and national support of the GoldStar Wall secures public opinion of the vital importance of this commemorative monument. Thus, creating opportunity for a national spokesperson to be our voice.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Kansas City, Kansas is AFWMF primary office. Additionally, Wyandotte County is the future home of GoldStar Wall. Our secondary office is the home town of Jack Barnes, Amarillo, Tx. We have a physical presence in the state of Kansas and Texas. Furthermore, we have board members located in the states of Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana.

Social Media

Funding Needs

GoldStarWall.org Build it Now Kansas City! AFWMF was founded to build the only National War Memorial in the United States, centrally located, in Kansas City, KS, Wyandotte County. Since its inception in 2011, its primary campaign has been to honor our Fallen Warriors from the Gulf War to present time War on Terror. Over 7,000 servicemen and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our American Freedoms. AFWMF needs volunteers- individuals and organizations who have the skill and talent to provide in-kind labor, time, and monetary funds to assist in the erection of the GoldStarWall, $40,000,000.00.

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AMERICAN FALLEN WARRIOR MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

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AFWMF President of the Board

Jack Barnes

AFWMF Vice President of the Board

Kathryn Taylor

BIO

Jack Randal Barnes, Chief Petty Officer, U. S. Navy Retired PERSONAL Two children; Son-Deputy Sheriff, Gunnison, Colorado Daughter–USN Nurse, Camp Pendleton, California. Twin Brother – John is USN Retired CPO. EDUCATION: Bachelor of business degree – West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas, 1978. ORGANIZATIONS: Member, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Aviation Committee, 1982-1985 Founder, Texas Aviation Historical Society, 1987 Board of Directors Texas Aviation Historical Society, 1987-2005, President, 2005 Kiwanis Member of the Year, Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club, 2008 Founder, CEO, & President, America Supports You – Texas, 2005-2012 Member, Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club, 2007-Present Chairman, Texas Panhandle Honor Flight Committee, 2008-2012 EXPERIENCE: Served 24 years active duty in the USN, 1971-1995 Retired from active duty USN in September 1995 Mathematics Teacher at Tascosa High School, Amarillo, Texas, 1995-2009 Retired from public school teaching on April 2009

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jack Barnes

retired US Navy

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

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?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

No

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
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Disability

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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