- Why does the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) need private support?
- How do federal tax dollars and donor gift funds interrelate?
- Is my gift tax deductible?
- What’s the difference between a fund and an endowment?
- How do I restrict a gift?
- What gifts count towards the Lifetime Giving Societies?
- Do you have to be an Army veteran to give a donation or purchase a brick or paver?
- How do I know if your are authorized to solicit in my state?
Though the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is a key component of the Army War College and the Army Historical Program, funds are not available to construct the public space for public educational programs, the Army Heritage Museum, and aspects of the educational programs. While the USAHEC’s core function of acquiring, preserving and making available historical records, materials, and artifacts receives federal support, many projects and activities that are of great value but outside the "core" designation receive minimal to no funding from the government. Thus, the fundraising efforts of the Army Heritage Center Foundation are central to the ability to expand the complex and maintain the excellence of its programs.
The Army Heritage Center Foundation functions as the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's fundraising arm (or Friends Group) because military personnel and representatives of the federal government are prohibited by law from soliciting funds, goods, or services.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Army and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, PA, and Middlesex Township, PA, states that the Army Heritage Center Foundation will raise private funds for the construction of the museum and visitor support facilities at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Additionally, the Foundation agreed to raise funds and to create an endowment for needs for which appropriated money is not available and is unlikely to become available.
The Army Heritage Center Foundation is a tax-exempt organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Foundation was incorporated in 1999 as the Military Heritage Foundation and assumed the doing business as name in 2002 after Secretary of the Army Thomas White established the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. The Foundation is officially listed in the IRS Cumulative list of Exempt Organizations (IRS Publication 78) as an organization qualified for maximum deductibility. Gifts to the Foundation receive all of the income tax and estate tax benefits allowable under the law. The official title of the Army Heritage Center Foundation in the IRS Publication is "Military Heritage Foundation." Its Federal Identification Number is 25-1830984.
A fund provides the means for donors to make gifts to the Army Heritage and Education Center or the Foundation and for those dollars to have an immediate impact on the institution’s greatest needs. An endowment is comprised of donations with the stipulation that the gift be invested and the principal remain intact. A portion of the interest is spent every year and the rest is reinvested to compensate for inflation and recessions in future years. Gifts to an endowment continue to grow over time and provide a constant, reliable source of income. A combination of current-use dollars (annual fund) and long-term investment (endowment) allows the Foundation to manage both short- and long-term needs effectively.
To restrict your gift, send us a note along with your check and designate what you would like your gift to support or simply write the name of the account in the memo line of your check.
The total of all gifts received during a donor's lifetime determines membership in the new giving societies. Corporate matching gifts count toward society membership. Total lifetime giving will be recognized by society membership as described above.
No, the Army Heritage Center Foundation can accept gifts from anyone who wishes to support our effort to honor Soldiers and their Families, preserve the memories, and educate the public about their selfless service.
The Army Heritage Center Foundation complies with state laws and registration requirements in order to solicit charitable contributions. The specific agency varies by state. You can find a list of our registration status here.