MAJOR GIVING

MAJOR GIVING

The National Museum of the United States Army honors the history and heritage of the American Soldier. It educates the public about the storied history of the U.S. Army and its important relationship with the Nation as a whole. To date, the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) has raised over $180,000,000 to support this important national landmark. We have over 40 corporate donors and more than 130 individual supporters on the Museum’s Donor Wall (minimum donation of $50,000). We are still working to raise funds needed to complete this ambitious project.

Circles of Distinction

The Army Historical Foundation’s (AHF) top supporters are the Circles of Distinction donors whose strong support has helped the Capital Campaign raise the funds to build the National Museum of the United States Army. This exclusive group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations have their names displayed on the massive granite wall in the Museum Lobby. Pledge commitments start at $50,000 and go up to beyond $5,000,000. The donors are listed on the wall by financial commitment. Donors who give above the $150,000 threshold are eligible to support an exhibit within a gallery and have their name listed on a corresponding gallery plaque.

To learn more about the Circles of Distinction contact the Major Gifts team. Select your region from the map below to get in contact with a Major Gifts team member.

WEST

Click here to contact Katie Watson

CENTRAL

Click here to contact Jasmine Pletzer

NORTH EAST

Click here to contact Julie Kaplan

EAST

Click here to contact Julie Kaplan

When you consider your own legacy, planned gifts are a way leave your legacy to ensure the Museum will be support for future generations. Planned gifts can be given through a bequest in your will or by designating AHF as the beneficiary of an IRA or life insurance policy. It also includes annuities and trusts that can provide income to the donor throughout their life.

For more information on planned giving contact Katie Watson.

The Major Giving Team

DR. Ric Talley

VP of Development & Public Relations

Ric joined the AHF team in 2019, bringing over 30 years of experience in the Army as a Public Affairs Officer and helicopter pilot. In his current position, he has overall responsibility for fundraising, communications and media relations. Before joining AHF, he served as a strategic communications officer at The Pentagon. Prior to that, he served as the COO of an international non-profit association.

julie E. kaplan

Assistant VP of Development

Julie joined the AHF in 2019 with over 20 years of fundraising experience. She focuses on fostering long term relationships with Corporations, Individuals, and Foundations to raise funds for the National Museum of the U.S. Army. Her past experience includes senior development positions with the American Red Cross National Headquarters and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Blue Ridge Chapter. As a native to the DC area, Julie is happy to be back in the area and working on the Museum project.

Shannon C. Spencer

Development Officer

Shannon joined the AHFteam in 2019 and focuses on fostering long term relationships with mid-level donors for the Foundation. She served over 6 years in the Army as a Dental Assistant and comes from a family of military service, her grandfather, a Korean War Veteran, received a Purple Heart. Shannon is very excited to be a part of building the National Army Museum.

Katie Watson

Major Gifts Officer

Katie Watson joined the AHF team in 2020 and focuses on fostering relationships with major donors in the Western United States. Katie has worked in development since 2013, most recently as the Manager of Donor Relations at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Katie now calls Alexandria home.

Jasmine Pletzer

Major Gifts Officer

Jasmine Pletzer joined the AHF team in 2021 and focuses on fostering relationships with major donors in the Southwest region of the United States. Jasmine has worked as an Account Executive for companies like Gartner, The Knot Worldwide, and as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America where she focused on building strategic partnerships in her community. Jasmine comes from a military family and most recently graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a degree in Political Science. She is very excited to be the newest member to the Major Gifts Team.

The Major Giving Team

DR. Ric Talley

VP of Development & Public Relations

Ric joined the AHF team in 2019, bringing over 30 years of experience in the Army as a Public Affairs Officer and helicopter pilot. In his current position, he has overall responsibility for fundraising, communications and media relations. Before joining AHF, he served as a strategic communications officer at The Pentagon. Prior to that, he served as the COO of an international non-profit association.

julie E. kaplan

Assistant VP of Development

Julie joined the AHF in 2019 with over 20 years of fundraising experience. She focuses on fostering long term relationships with Corporations, Individuals, and Foundations to raise funds for the National Museum of the U.S. Army. Her past experience includes senior development positions with the American Red Cross National Headquarters and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Blue Ridge Chapter. As a native to the DC area, Julie is happy to be back in the area and working on the Museum project.

Shannon C. Spencer

Development Officer

Shannon joined the AHF team in 2019 and focuses on fostering long term relationships with mid-level donors for the Foundation. She served over 6 years in the Army as a Dental Assistant and comes from a family of military service, her grandfather, a Korean War Veteran, received a Purple Heart. Shannon is very excited to be a part of building the National Army Museum.

Katie Watson

Major Gifts Officer

Katie Watson joined the AHF team in 2020 and focuses on fostering relationships with major donors in the Western United States. Katie has worked in development since 2013, most recently as the Manager of Donor Relations at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Katie now calls Alexandria home.

Jasmine Pletzer

Major Gifts Officer

Jasmine Pletzer joined the AHF team in 2021 and focuses on fostering relationships with major donors in the Southwest region of the United States. Jasmine has worked as an Account Executive for companies like Gartner, The Knot Worldwide, and as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America where she focused on building strategic partnerships in her community. Jasmine comes from a military family and most recently graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a degree in Political Science. She is very excited to be the newest member to the Major Gifts Team.

We encourage you to join us in helping to support this important institution for future generations.

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