NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  The National World War II Museum, Inc

The recipient entity's physical address:
           945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-3813

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-3813

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Robert Dupont

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0790

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $28,900,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
C. Paul Hilliard, Chairman
John E. Koerner III, Vice Chairman
John D. Georges, Vice Chair
John M. Hairston, Vice Chair
James A. Courter, Immediate Past Chairman
Ted Weggeland, Secretary
Raymond J. Brandt, Treasurer
Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO

Herschel L. Abbot, Jr.
Richard C. Adkerson
Dwight W. Anderson
Clifford S. Asness
Norman R. Augustine
Brandon B. Berger
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger
Michael S. Bylen
James S. Chanos
James H. Clement III
Henry L. Coaxum Jr.
Ralph E. Crump
Richard L. Duchossois
William A. Goldring
Charles W. “Chip” Goodyear
Thomas A. Gruber
Hunter G. Hill
C. Jeffrey Knittel
H. Merritt Lane III
Alan M. Leventhal
Robert E. Smith Lupo
James E. Maurin
Markham R. McKnight
Robert W. Merrick
Suzanne T. Mestayer
Michael A. Morris
Dennis A. Muilenburg
David Nierenberg
Jane T. Olson
Robert J. Patrick
Sonia Pérez
Robert L. Priddy
Todd Ricketts
Wyatt G. Rockefeller
Edwin R. “Rod” Rodriguez, Jr.
Tracy L. Rosser
Mark M. Rubin
Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.
Philip G. Satre
Robert A “Bobby” Savoie, PhD
Peggy Higgins Sewell
W. Gray Stream
Henry Swieca
Thomas H. Turner
André F. Villeneuve
Bruce N. Whitman
Governor Christine T. Whitman
Governor Pete Wilson
Robert Farnsworth, Senior V.P. will be the primary contact for this project.

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The $15M NCLOC allocation will support construction of the Liberation Pavilion. The first floor of the Liberation Pavilion will cover the immediate aftermath of the war while the second floor will focus on the notion that freedom is always under pressure and always being challenged. The third floor will examine the enduring legacy of the war through an amazing theatrical presentation utilizing a revolving theater that will seat 120 people. The Liberation Pavilion is expected to become the Museum’s signature visitor experience.

As always, the State funds will be leveraged with substantial private funding that will magnify the impact of the State’s investment. This will be especially true for the $46.2M Liberation Pavilion. The $15M State allocation will be matched with $31M in private funds.
Beginning with Governor Foster, the State of Louisiana has provided critical support for the $400M expansion which, even though not 100% complete, has elevated The National WWII Museum to recognition as one of the great museums of the world. In 2018, an influential and popular travel website, Trip Advisor, ranked The National World War II Museum as the #8 museum in the world. The Museum could not have achieved this success without State support.

The Museum’s economic impact on the City and State is significant and growing. Almost 72% of Museum visitors come from outside of the State and exit surveys indicate the Museum is driving more than 350,000 room nights in the City of New Orleans. Beyond the economic impact, which alone would justify the State’s investment, the Museum continues to be a great source of pride for the citizens of the State of Louisiana. The many nationally recognized figures supporting the Museum such as Tom Brokaw, Tom Hanks, and Gary Sinise are a constant source of positive national publicity for the City and State.

The mission of the Museum—to tell the story of the greatest generation who gave so much for the freedom that we enjoy today—will always be critical. Our support for this great project ensures that their sacrifice will be remembered and will inspire generations of Americans for many years to come.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $46,200,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The mission of The National WWII Museum is to tell the story of the war that changed the world, why it was fought, how it was won and what it means today--so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Tom Hanks, an earlier spokesperson for the $400M capital campaign, said "The National WWII Museum is a place where you come to learn with your heart as well as your head". It has been described as a place where you go to feel America's greatness.

The State of Louisiana is fortunate to have America's National Museum honoring the generation that fought in World War II located in New Orleans. But beyond the mission of the Museum, the Museum is a major destination attraction for the City and the State. It is rated by Zagat's as the attraction with the "Top Appeal" in the City of New Orleans. Almost 80% of the visitors to the museum are from outside the New Orleans region. In surveys, fifty percent of the out-of-town visitors state the Museum is the first or second reason they came to New Orleans. Thirty percent of those visitors state the Museum is the primary reason for their visit. This defines The National WWII Museum as one of the true destination venues in the City and State. Surveys also show that visitors to New Orleans stay an average of three days in the City. Current visitation for the Museum is 730,000 and visitation is projected to grow to 850,000 upon completion of the expansion. The Museum is an economic engine for the City and the State responsible for driving 350,000 room nights per year. Additionally, the expanded Museum is driving substantial tax revenue.

State funding for the Museum is smart business, because the State dollars are used in conjunction with private funds to leverage the State's investment.

As Important as the direct economic impact is, the Museum has possibly a more profound impact on the City and State_ as a result of the positive image it creates arising out of the often very emotional visitor experiences, as well as the many national and international events sponsored by the Museum both here and in other parts of the country. The Museum is fortunate to have relationships with several national personalities such as Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw, and Steven Spielberg who often speak about the importance of the Museum to national audiences.

Following Katrina, many people assumed the expansion was like WWII itself, history. How, some postured, can you make a decision to pursue a major expansion when there is so much uncertainty, a negative environment impacting fund raising, so much obvious difficulty managing day to day affairs, so much inflation, so much despair? But emblematic of the spirit that prevailed in America from 1941 to 1945, the Museum Board posed another question: Do you fold your tent because the task has become more difficult even though your mission means more now to the City and to the citizens than anyone had ever imagined before Katrina? Our Board said no. Our Board voted unanimously to move forward and ratified a substantially larger expansion budget even in the face of increased construction costs due to Katrina.

The National WWII Museum remains committed to our mission and to our City and State.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          BECOME THE FINEST HISTORY MUSEUM IN THE WORLD. We believe the 300,000 square foot $400 million expansion when complete will make The National WWII Museum, which today is rated by Trip Advisor as the 3rd best museum in the U.S. and the 8th best museum in the world, the number one history museum in the world.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           two (2) years

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  n/a

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Robert Farnsworth 
                                       address:  945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

                                       phone:  504 528 1944 ext 450
                                       fax:  n/a
                                       relationship to entity:  Senior V.P for Capital Projects