Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation, Inc.
621 S. Belvidere Street
Richmond VA 23220-6504
Mission Statement

"To Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, & Instill Patriotism in All"

The Virginia War Memorial was authorized in 1950 by the Virginia General Assembly to honor those Virginians who lost their lives in service to our country during World War II. The Memorial’s Shrine of Memory eventually grew to include the names of those who perished in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf. In 2000, the non-profit Virginia War Memorial Foundation was established to provide financial support for the Memorial. The Foundation’s goal was to take a static Shrine and turn it into a living Memorial that would educate youth and adults on the true meaning of service, sacrifice, and patriotism.


In 2010, through a public-private partnership, the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center at the Virginia War Memorial was built. This 18,000 square foot center, adjacent to the Shrine of Memory, was built to enhance the educational and outreach missions of the Foundation. Visitation has increased by 500%, in no small part due to our documentary film series, exhibits, artifacts, and nearly 50 educational and patriotic programs held every year.

 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director RDML John G. Hekman USN, (Ret.)
Board Chair Mr. David A. Christian
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dominion Resources, Inc.
Contact Information
Address 621 S. Belvidere Street
Richmond, VA 232206504
Telephone 804 786-2060
Fax 804 786-6652
E-mail info@vawarmemorial.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
NameYear
Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation2015
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,023,525.00
Projected Expenses $760,623.00
Statements
Mission

"To Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, & Instill Patriotism in All"

The Virginia War Memorial was authorized in 1950 by the Virginia General Assembly to honor those Virginians who lost their lives in service to our country during World War II. The Memorial’s Shrine of Memory eventually grew to include the names of those who perished in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf. In 2000, the non-profit Virginia War Memorial Foundation was established to provide financial support for the Memorial. The Foundation’s goal was to take a static Shrine and turn it into a living Memorial that would educate youth and adults on the true meaning of service, sacrifice, and patriotism.


In 2010, through a public-private partnership, the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center at the Virginia War Memorial was built. This 18,000 square foot center, adjacent to the Shrine of Memory, was built to enhance the educational and outreach missions of the Foundation. Visitation has increased by 500%, in no small part due to our documentary film series, exhibits, artifacts, and nearly 50 educational and patriotic programs held every year.

 
 
Impact
Achievements:
 
  • Virginians at War film series aired across the Commonwealth on PBS channels/iTunes University
  • Virginians at War film series has won many international awards including: Hermes Gold Award for the film Vietnam War Air Operations – Helicopters; Telly Bronze Award for the film Cuban Missile Crisis; Telly Bronze Award for the film WWII: Homefront
  • In the summer of 2016, teachers from nearly 40 counties around the Commonwealth attended our Teacher Institutes
  • Over 50 Educational and Patriotic programs every year
  • Since 2010, visitation has increased 500% to exceed 72,000 annually
  • In 2015, our Field Trip Assistance Program brought in over 2,000 students from over a dozen counties who otherwise would not have been able to afford the trip
Goals:

The goals of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation (VWMF) are as stated in the mission statement. We strive to sustain a living Memorial that honors our veterans through preserving their stories and passing them forward to future generations. A strong focus is placed on connecting students and teachers to the people and events that have influenced the course of history. Virginia’s rich history provides the ultimate platform to share the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made on our behalf. By inspiring a passion for history in our youth and their educators, we can continue to pass these stories forward for years to come.

 
 
Needs
The Virginia War Memorial and its Foundation, in order to further its mission, has the following needs:
  • In order to reach school up to eight hours away by car, we must begin construction on our long-distance learning studio that will allow us to broadcast programs directly into every classroom across Virginia.
  • Continued opportunities to speak around the Commonwealth and share our mission to all of Virginia's citizens.
  • With construction planned for a new wing, we continue to seek artifacts and funding for doubled exhibit space.
  • With this doubled exhibit and program space, we continue to search for volunteers who will help to share the passion for our mission with visitors.
  • The Foundation is always seeking funding for its educational and patriotic programs.
Background

As the victory parades faded and our veterans came back home from World War II, talk of a fitting memorial to our Virginia heroes and their sacrifice, bravery, and service swept the Commonwealth. The General Assembly of Virginia first authorized the Memorial in 1950. Before the Memorial planning was complete, the United States found itself again plunged into war. After the Korean Cease-fire in 1953, plans were changed to include the Korean War with World War II. Construction was completed in 1955, and the Memorial was dedicated February 29, 1956.

Representatives from numerous foreign nations, officials of our federal, state, and local governments, as well as veterans and citizens of Virginia and beyond, attended the dedication service. The Memorial was highly praised for its design and location on a towering point affording a commanding view of the James River and the skyline of the city of Richmond.

Over 12,000 Virginian heroes are now honored in the Memorial's Shrines. Those who died during the Vietnam War were added in 1982 and the fallen from Desert Storm were added in 1996. The names of Virginians who has been lost since 2001 in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism are honored in a temporary indoor Shrine until construction is completed to expand the outdoor Shrine.

Recognizing the urgent need to educate youth and adults about the events of just a half century past, the Memorial's trustees commissioned privately-funded educational programs in 1997. This initiative principally utilized personal stories of sacrifice and honor to teach history and inspire patriotism. The centerpiece of the Memorial's educational programs is its award-winning Virginians at War documentary film series. Through 2015, over 1,100 veterans and other eyewitnesses to historical events from throughout the Commonwealth have been interviewed which has created an extensive database for historians and students to research these individuals' stories and perceptions.

In 2010, through a public-private partnership, the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center at the Virginia War Memorial was built. This 18,000 square foot center, adjacent to the Shrine of Memory, was built to enhance the educational and outreach missions of the Foundation. Visitation has increased by 500%, in no small part due to our documentary film series, exhibits, artifacts, and nearly 50 educational and patriotic programs held every year.

With this increase in visitation and programs, we are once again constrained for space. Once again, through a public-private partnership, a 20,000 square foot addition is approved for construction for delivery in 2018 to double exhibit space and program area, expand the Shrine to include the names of the Global War on Terrorism fallen, build a long distance oral history learning studio, and triple parking.
CEO Statement

All Virginians can take pride in the Virginia War Memorial. No other state has a Memorial of this size and scope and provides such a comprehensive educational program for its citizens and visitors.

The basic mission of the Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, and Inspire Patriotism in All. We believe that the most effective way to honor our fallen heroes is to pass on their stories of service and sacrifice to today's generation and to generations to come. Our most important message is that the freedom we so often take for granted comes at a price: Freedom is Never Free.

The Virginia War Memorial is also unique in that it is a true public-private partnership. Without the financial support of generous donors and supporters to our non-profit Foundation, the Memorial cannot offer the educational and patriotic programs necessary to assure that this structure remains a vital and living institution that honors our heroes, both living and passed.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
National
International
In downtown Richmond, we are most accessible to those in the city and surrounding counties. In 2015 we had visitors from across the USA and from 71 different countries. Often we team with other groups, schools, and historical and educational institutions across the Commonwealth to increase our presence around Virginia, such as the D-Day Memorial in Bedford and the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David A. Christian
Company Affiliation Dominion Resources, Inc.
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Email david.christian@dom.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Robert A. Archer Blue Ridge Beverage Co.
Col. Joseph C. Barto III, USA (Ret.)Training Modernization Group, Inc.
Dr. Peter W. Brown Navy Veteran; Physician
Dr. Charles F. Bryan Jr.Retired - Virginia Historical Society
Mr. David A. Christian Dominion Resources, Inc.
Mr. John V. Cogbill IIIRetired Attorney & Partner, McGuire Woods LLP
Mr. Stephen Y. Dickinson Chief Accounting Officer, Media General
CDR Paul E. Galanti USN, (Ret.)Retired Commissioner, Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Honorable Frank D. Hargrove Sr.Past Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia
Dr. E. Bruce Heilman Ph.D.Chancellor, University of Richmond
Ms. Barbara N. Howard Hampden-Sydney College
Mr. C. David Hudgins Director of Member and External Relations, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
LTG Joseph R. Inge USA (Ret.)Retired
Mr. Hugh D. Keogh Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Shari E. Litow Honeywell
The Honorable Alexander B. McMurtrie Jr.Virginia House of Delegates '71-'81; McMurtrie, Grubbs, & Assoc.
Mr. Barry F. Moore , Jr.Haley GMC
The Honorable John M. O'Bannon IIIDelegate, Commonwealth of Virginia
RADM Frank F. Rennie IV, USNR (Ret.)CowanGates PC
Mr. Michael L. Santoro , Jr.Retired
Ms. Linda V. Schreiner Markel
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Board Governance
Audit
Endowment
Nominating
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
MG L.H. Ginn III, USA (Ret.)Retired
Mr. Sam Ukrop Retired
The Honorable John W. Warner
The Honorable James H. Webb
Ms. Rhonda Winfield
Comments
The Board of Directors is for the Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) entity from the Virginia War Memorial, which has its own appointed Board of Trustees.
Executive Director
Executive Director RDML John G. Hekman USN, (Ret.)
Experience The Executive Director is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral with 34 years Navy service in logistics, finance, procurement, transportation and information management in command and senior staff positions; coupled with 10 years of corporate civilian experience in transportation and as a Senior Vice President of an international overseas company. Admiral Hekman holds a BA degree from Calvin College, and MBA degree from George Washington University and is a graduate of the National War College. He was a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation from 2003-2011, and has served as Immediate Past Chairman until July of 2013.
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 60
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 80
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2011
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

The Virginians at War film series uses personal stories to teach history and inspire patriotism. With over 1,100 veterans from VA interviewed, it has become the centerpiece of our educational initiatives. The films create an extensive primary source for the research of individuals’ stories, experiences, and perceptions of historical events.

Each film combines interviews of those who participated in the same historic event or battle together and adds period film, photographs, maps, and music to tell the who, what, when, and where of the event. In 2004, the first six completed film segments, accompanied with Department of Education approved lesson plans correlating the films to the Virginia SOL's, were distributed to 1,600 schools in VA at no charge to the schools or to the taxpayer.

Since that distribution, 13 additional films have been produced.

Teachers report that the film medium resonates with the students since their lives revolve so much around the stimuli of technology.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $50,000.00
Description These ten full day presentations allow students and teachers to touch history with actual veterans of past conflicts, films and other historical resources. Free Institutes and seminars are conducted at different regional state memorial venues, and provide teacher re-licensure credentials.
Description Unique library assets and revolving artifact displays of Virginians' experience in war since the birth of the nation provide continuous educational outreach for students and visitors, supporting "training the leader" initiatives.
Description Starting in 2015, the Virginia War Memorial Foundation instituted a Field Trip Assistance Program that helps school around the Commonwealth to off-set costs incurred by field trips. These are given out as grants to schools who apply and help cover the costs of buses, drivers, gas, and substitute teachers so that students can come and learn history first-hand from our educational exhibits, films, and veteran volunteers. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments
One of our bigger challenges is simply awareness. Since the construction of the Paul & Phyllis Galanti Education Center in 2010, many Virginians have never stepped foot in the building. A large population of them have come to visit the Shrine of Memory which has been standing for 60 years, however they don't realize we have a 20,000 square foot educational center that contains artifacts, exhibits, a theater, and offers over 50 patriotic and educational programs a year.
 
Another challenge for the Foundation is that while the actual Memorial itself is owned by the State, the Foundation is responsible for financing the exhibits, films, and programs. Without our financial support, these things simply would not be possible.
 
Lastly, we occasionally find difficulty getting people to understand that we are an impartial place meant for reverence and honor. We aren't for or against war, rather we serve to honor those veterans, living and passed, who have put their lives on the line to ensure our freedoms.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,023,525.00
Projected Expenses $760,623.00
Endowment Value $7,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$489,918$398,379$294,010
Administration Expense$64,617$53,032$43,828
Fundraising Expense$31,810$29,640$19,027
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.471.341.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%83%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$930,569$674,445$550,728
Current Assets$822,589$552,143$451,497
Long-Term Liabilities$84,627$113,304$142,197
Current Liabilities$65,868$54,614$66,645
Total Net Assets$780,074$506,526$341,886
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.4910.116.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%17%26%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Comments
Organization Comments