Churchill Friends: Over three decades ago, a small group of Churchill Centre members set forth an ambitious dream:
The creation of a new headquarters in Washington, DC to provide a substantial permanent home for Churchill studies in the heart of our nation’s capital.
Despite the passage of years, the dream did not die – but the financial, practical and organizational
challenges were formidable and made it seemingly beyond our reach. Yet we knew that to fulfil our mission to, in the words of Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames, “keep the memory green” and also ensure the continuing relevance of his legacy, we simply had no choice but to “never, never, never, never give in….”
Thus, it gives us great satisfaction to tell you that we have recently completed Phase I of the Capital Campaign for the new National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University (the NCLC.) It is with enormous pleasure to announce the buildout of its permanent home in the University’s Gelman Library will be completed this summer with a grand opening to coincide with the 33rd International Churchill Conference in Washington, DC October 27-29.
This new facility includes all the elements we have longed for so many years:
Thanks to the generosity of so many of our members and friends, we have raised in excess of $3.5 million to cover the cost of the space as well as provide for several years of future operations. This includes a leadership commitment of $1.0 million from the Centre’s Chairman, Laurence Geller CBE.
Additionally, as part of our effort to expand our all-important educational activities, we have raised $1 million for a new Churchill learning program permanently available free to secondary schools throughout the world. This exciting new initiative will provide lesson plans and programs custom developed by Bloomsbury Publishing and will include open access to the incredible resources of the digital Churchill Archives.
We are deeply grateful for the confidence and support of Churchillians around the world, including members of the Churchill family and important Churchill organizations. Without you and them, our success to date would have been impossible. We especially appreciate the generosity of people who have not previously been involved with Churchill activities but have a deep belief in the need for a permanent home for Churchill studies in our nation’s capital and increasing importance and relevance of the lessons learned from the wide-ranging life of Sir Winston Churchill.
While we are delighted by our progress, there is more to do, as we launch Phase II of our Campaign. This includes three key elements:
Now is the time your financial assistance can have the maximum impact as we strive to ensure that the legacy of the Great Man remains vital and relevant, for our generation and beyond. During WWII, Churchill would attach a note to time-sensitive communications, bearing the simple words “Action This Day”. We urge you to heed his admonition by being as generous as you can in your support. In short, we need your help and we need it now.
You can donate by clicking on this link or by calling our office at +1 202-929-0309.
As you consider this request, please remember a relevant Churchill quote:
Those who serve supreme causes must not consider what they can get but what they can give.
We have a clear mission, a great plan, we know what needs to be accomplished and we are ever mindful of Churchill’s admonition “It is no use saying, “We are doing our best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”
With sincere gratitude and asking you to “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”
Laurence Geller CBE, Chairman
Lee Pollock, Executive Director
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