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.

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.

David Cotter

Sr. Director of Development

David joined the AHF in 2013 and has the primary responsibility for securing support to build the National Museum of the U.S. Army and for fostering long term relationships with major donors in the South-East and Mid-West region of the County. An Oklahoma native, David now lives in the Capital Region and is excited to see the Museum open.

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.

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.

David Cotter

Sr. Director of Development

David joined the AHF in 2013 and has the primary responsibility for securing support to build the National Museum of the U.S. Army and for fostering long term relationships with major donors in the South-East and Mid-West region of the County. An Oklahoma native, David now lives in the Capital Region and is excited to see the Museum open.

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.

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

Learn why some of our major donors chose to support the Museum.

Circles of Distinction

Major donor recognition is an integral part of the Army Historical Foundation’s Campaign for the Museum. Individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations donating $50,000-$4,999,999 will be enrolled in the One-Star through Five-Star circles of distinction. Donors contributing $5,000,000 or more will be recognized in the Commander-in-Chief’s Circle. Download our COD Profile Sheet for more information.

To learn more about the Circles of Distinction or the Defender’s Fund contact Shannon Spencer.

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The Defender’s Fund is a special donor society designed for those corporations, foundations, or service organizations who wish to support the Museum on an annual basis. Defender’s Fund membership requires a donation of $5,000 or more in a calendar year.

Additional benefits of Defender’s Fund membership include:

  • Subscription to The Army Historical Foundation’s donor newsletter
  • Advance notice of upcoming events and programs at the Museum
  • Access to one after-hours Museum tour
  • Opportunities to purchase tickets before the general public for Foundation battle rides and other educational activities
  • Recognition in the Foundation’s donor newsletter and annual report.

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 Shannon C. Spencer.