Your support makes our mission possible. Our track record speaks for itself: award-winning history documentaries, groundbreaking exhibits, improving access to high-quality history, and programs and events featuring renowned leaders and experts.

Area of Greatest Need

By giving to the Area of Greatest Need, your contribution will be used where it can make the greatest impact. Unrestricted gifts contribute to the overall sustainability of the Foundation by helping us maintain and improve existing resources and programs. They provide the flexibility we need to seize new opportunities, address design challenges, and invest in the organization’s strength and capacity to do its best work for the public benefit.

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National Park Service-Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Since 2022, Lincoln Presidential Foundation has been proud to partner with the National Park Service at Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Your support enabled us to create the site’s first-ever youth exhibit, complete vital landscape safety and conservation efforts, engage in community outreach, host joint public programs and events, create content, and provide new resources to teachers and students. Your support is essential for a variety of programs, preservation, education, and conservation projects.

Julius Rosenwald Exhibit Project

You can help make history. The Julius Rosenwald exhibit will be the first core exhibit about a Jewish American for the first structure named for a Jewish American within any National Park Service unit nationwide. Thanks to generous contributions from donors like you and an Inclusive Storytelling Grant from the National Park Foundation, the interpretive planning and design phases are now fully funded.

Your support is needed for the fabrication and installation phase of the exhibit.

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Wayne Whalen Memorial Fund

Our late Chairman Emeritus, Wayne Whalen, led a remarkable life inspired by another man who was known for his principles, intellectual curiosity, generosity, and humor--Abraham Lincoln. This fund was established in his memory, with the encouragement of those who knew him best, to support our mission through two initiatives:

Wayne Whalen “Charity for All” Award - Renamed in his honor, we plan to issue this award annually. The 2023 recipient was Judy Woodruff, acclaimed journalist and former anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour.

Wayne Whalen Scholarship Programming – We produce in-person and online programs to increase access to high-quality history. For example, our 2023 partnership with The Lincoln Forum on their symposium in Gettysburg featured NPR’s Steve Inskeep and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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For more information on supporting priorities, contact Angela Staron at or (224) 383-8541.

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