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The Kirkpatrick Family Fund Announces a $500,000 Matching Grant in Support of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation

January 31, 2020

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Dollar for Dollar Matching Gift to Yield a Potential $1 Million for the Organization

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — On Monday, January 27, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund announced a $500,000 matching grant to support the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Looking Back, Thinking Forward campaign. This dollar for dollar challenge grant will match $500,000 in donations made to support the organization’s endowment, for a total of a $1 million impact on the organization. This generous gift will help preserve and improve the Memorial & Museum for future generations.

“We appreciate Christian Keesee and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund for continuing their legacy of giving for decades,” said Bob Ross, Chairman – Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. “Thanks to their generous commitment, the Memorial and Museum is positioned to leave a lasting inspirational and educational impact on every person who visits.”

Collectively, for nearly 25 years, the Memorial & Museum have remembered those who were killed, honored those who survived, and thanked those who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. After 25 years, the organization continues to use what it has learned – and what it has created – to share these lessons with even more people.

“No institution is more perfectly positioned to help others discover strength in brokenness, courage in grief, and resolve in pain,” said Christian Keesee, President – Kirkpatrick Family Fund. “Today, we stand at a turning point. Our hope for this gift is to continue the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum’s trajectory as a premier memorial, museum, and educational institution for tomorrow’s visitors.”

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum receives no annual funds from federal, state, or local governments. Their mission depends entirely on the generosity and foresight of people who believe in and understand the continued relevance of its mission. Through comprehensive curriculum and cutting-edge new programs designed for young and old alike, the Memorial & Museum has become a global thought leader on healing, forgiveness, strength, and resilience in the wake of tragedy. To further this mission, the organization has embarked on a $14 million capital/endowment campaign – the Looking Back, Thinking Forward Fund.

“The Memorial and Museum has welcomed visitors from every continent and every corner of the globe to the tune of now more than 450,000 people each year,” said Liz Eickman, Director – Kirkpatrick Family Fund. “The Kirkpatrick Family Fund shares the belief that we owe it to future generations to teach them how to respond to injustice and to remind all ages the world holds far more good than bad. It is important now more than ever to preserve and maintain the Memorial and Museum’s world-class facilities so it can continue expanding its mission beyond its current reach, and become an even more valuable resource for decades to come.”

To participate in this dollar for dollar matching donation opportunity in support of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation, please visit oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/get-involved/donate/ and select the Looking Back – Thinking Forward Fund.

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The Kirkpatrick Family Fund was founded by John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick in 1989 and is the largest affiliated fund in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The organization remains committed to adhering to the priorities and guiding principles of its founders through the leadership of Trustee and President, Christian K. Keesee, the grandson of John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick. To learn more about the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, please visit kirkpatrickfamilyfund.com.

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