Dear Friends and Supporters,
First, let me thank you again for your past support – as patrons, volunteers, donors, and in-kind sponsors. Given the challenges faced over the past 8 months, I can think of no previous period when personal giving was as vital as it is this year. As 2020 winds down, I ask that you consider giving to the National Museum of the Pacific War in support of our plan to deliver on our mission in 2021, despite the similar pandemic conditions that are expected.
I am immensely proud of the way our Museum and Foundation staff responded this year. After our temporary closure, we re-opened in May with timed admissions, which have resulted in Museum admissions being down by about 38% this year. Many museums are facing similar hardships, and the American Alliance of Museum has estimated that 25%-33% of all US Museums will permanently close before the pandemic ends. We will not be one of these, thanks to your support, an active and capable board, and a strong financial position. This solid base has resulted in exciting accomplishments, such as:
· Completing 22 digital programs to over 35,000 virtual viewers
· Reaching over 1,800 students in schools across the state
· Completing over 80 Distance Learning events, reaching over 4,000 students
· Conducting 7 WWII Webinars and a Virtual Symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the War in the Pacific
As we look forward, we will continue to expand our educational outreach efforts. In addition to more digital programming and events, we will renovate the George H.W. Bush Gallery, which will include a Children’s Gallery that will increase our appeal to young families. Other compelling initiatives include the renovation of the Nimitz Ballroom to its 1945-era appearance, just as Admiral Nimitz experienced in his post-WWII visit to Fredericksburg. We will also bring more digital assets to our campus that are aimed at educating and entertaining younger audiences. As you can see, this is more than just a gift - it is an investment in projects that you can be proud to support.
We are dedicated to educating and inspiring present and future generations with lessons of WWII and their continued global relevance. We understand everyone is facing challenges today, but we are grateful for any support you can give for this End-Of-Year appeal.
You can mail your donation by using the enclosed response form, or you can donate online at https://www.pacwarmuseum.org/ to support your Museum.
Thank you for your support and Stay Safe.
General, USMC (Ret)
President and CEO | The Admiral Nimitz Foundation