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, LA 70130-3813

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, La 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?  $7,500,000

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:
           2020–21 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Stephen E. Ambrose (1936–2002)

John E. Koerner III, Chairman of the Board
Ted Weggeland, Vice Chairman
John D. Georges, Vice Chair
Sonia A. Pérez, Vice Chair
C. Paul Hilliard, Immediate Past Chairman
John M. Hairston, Secretary
Suzanne T. Mestayer, Treasurer
Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO

Richard C. Adkerson
Clifford S. Asness
Norman R. Augustine
Lawrence E. Bathgate, II
Brandon B. Berger
The Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell
Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger
Michael S. Bylen
James S. Chanos
James H. Clement III
Kevin G. Clifford
Henry L. Coaxum, Jr.
James A. Courter
Peter N. Foss
William A. Goldring
Charles W. “Chip” Goodyear
Thomas A. Gruber
Hunter G. Hill
C. Jeffrey Knittel
H. Merritt Lane III
Dennis P. Lauscha
Alan M. Leventhal
Robert E. Smith Lupo
James E. Maurin
Markham R. McKnight
Peter J. Merlone
Robert W. Merrick
Michael A. Morris
Dennis A. Muilenburg
David Nierenberg
Jane T. Olson
William M. Osborne III
Robert J. Patrick
Lisa Pearl, PhD, JD
Robert L. Priddy
James J. Reiss, Jr.
Todd Ricketts
Wyatt G. Rockefeller
Edwin R. “Rod” Rodriguez, Jr.
Mark M. Rubin
Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.
Philip G. Satre
Robert A. "Bobby" Savoie, PhD
Peggy Higgins Sewell
W. Gray Stream
Sharon Estill Taylor, PhD
Thomas H. Turner
André F. Villeneuve
Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Governor Pete Wilson

Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD

Arthur Q. Davis †
Lee H. Schlessinger
Robert E. Howson
MGen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.)
David R. Voelker †

The Honorable Diana E. Bajoie
James L. Barksdale
Harold J. Bouillion
The Honorable Jacquelyn B. Clarkson
William M. Detweiler †
Richard L. Duchossois
Louis M. Freeman
Robert T. Hayes
John E. Kushner †
John P. Laborde
TG “Teddy” Solomon †
Frank B. Stewart, Jr.
Bruce N. Whitman †

Col. Jack Jacobs, USA (Ret.)
MGen. James Livingston, USMC (R

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Liberation Pavilion will have three visitor levels and will examine the closing months of the war and immediate postwar years, concluding with an explanation of links to our lives today. Below is a brief recap of the themes examined on each floor.

Ground Floor: “Finding Hope in a World Destroyed”
Galleries on the Liberation Pavilion’s first floor will present the end of the war and the immediate postwar years. The first gallery, “Those Who Served”, will be a moving tribute to the 16 million American men and women who served during WWII, as well as more than 400,000 who paid the ultimate price. “The Cost of Victory” relates the terrible costs of waging and winning global war. “And Then They Came for Me” presents Anne Frank’s story and the loss of basic human freedoms experienced by so many in wartime. “The Holocaust” examines the horrors of the concentration camps where over six million men women and children were murdered. The Liberation Theater celebrates the moment of liberation for camp survivors and prisoners of war, while reflecting on the sacrifices and suffering of those held captive. “Faith in Wartime” explores the role faith played in the war. The “Monuments Men” tells the story of America’s heroic efforts to preserve art and artifacts, the cultural soul of Europe, from theft and destruction. The Interfaith Chapel provides a quiet place for contemplation of the significance of religion and spirituality during war.

Second Floor: “Forces of Freedom at Home and Abroad, 1945—Present”
The Pavilion’s second floor examines the war’s enormous impact on international and domestic affairs in the postwar period, as America took the lead in constructing a new international order. Major themes include the joys and in many cases the sorrows of homecoming; America’s efforts to rebuild the world through the Marshall Plan; the restoration of justice through the war crimes trials; the adoption by many nations of the Declaration of Human Rights; recognition and examination of the social and economic injustice black Americans continued to experience in post war America and the ongoing fight for social transformation; the impact of the war on women’s fight for equal treatment; the quantum leap in technology generated by the war; the advances and retreats of freedom since 1945; and the continued and enduring meaning of war for our own day. All will receive innovative and interactive treatments to help visitors consider the war’s effects and the role it still plays in our lives.

Third Floor: The Freedom Theater
A unique and provocative theater experience on the Pavilion’s third floor will challenge visitors to ask themselves profound questions: How is World War II relevant to my life? What must I do to help preserve the cherished freedoms secured in the 1940s? How can I keep alive the American spirit in my own community?

The total cost of the Liberation Pavilion will be in excess of $46 million dollars. Private funding provided by the Museum will be significantly in excess of the 25% required match which will substantially magnify the impact of the State’s investment.

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. . . $4,000,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $18,000,000
          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 spokesman 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 is 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 "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 as 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 over 800,000 and visitation is projected to grow to 1,000,000 upon completion of the expansion. The Museum is an economic engine for the City and the State responsible for driving 385,000 room nights a year. Additionally, the expanded Museum is driving ever increasing tax revenue.

State funding for the Museum is a great investment because the State dollars are substantially leveraged with private funds.

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.

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 300,000 square foot, $400M 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 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, LA 70130

                                       phone:  504 528 1944 ext 450
                                       fax:  n/a
                                       relationship to entity:  Senior Vice President for Capital Programs