The National Museum of the United States Army honors the history and heritage of the American Soldier. It educates the public about the storied history of the U.S. Army and its important relationship with the Nation as a whole. To date, the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) has raised over $180,000,000 to support this important national landmark. We have over 40 corporate donors and more than 130 individual supporters on the Museum’s Donor Wall (minimum donation of $50,000). We are still working to raise funds needed to complete this ambitious project.

Circles of Distinction

The Army Historical Foundation’s (AHF) top supporters are the Circles of Distinction donors whose strong support has helped the Capital Campaign raise the funds to build the National Museum of the United States Army. This exclusive group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations have their names displayed on the massive granite wall in the Museum Lobby. Pledge commitments start at $50,000 and go up to beyond $5,000,000. The donors are listed on the wall by financial commitment. Donors who give above the $150,000 threshold are eligible to support an exhibit within a gallery and have their name listed on a corresponding gallery plaque.

To learn more about the Circles of Distinction contact the Major Gifts team.

Help ensure the financial future of the National Museum of the U.S. Army by adding the Army Historical Foundation to your estate plans. When you leave a charitable gift in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation, you help ensure that the Army Museum will remain an amazing tribute to everyone who served. For more information on planned giving contact the Major Giving Team.

The Major Giving Team

Katie Patschke

Major Gifts Officer

Katie joined the AHF in April 2023 with five years of non profit fundraising experience and two years of involvement with museum education. She has previously fundraised at both Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and the American Anthropological Association. She was a museum educator at the US Capitol Building and several Smithsonian Museums. Katie holds a BA in international relations, anthropology and studio art from Susquehanna University and an MA in international relations from Dublin City University. Katie is a DC resident and is proud to help honor the legacy of Army service members through her work at the foundation.

Brooke Heiche

Major Gifts Officer

Brooke joined the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) in May 2023. She has previously worked in development for other nonprofits and museums including Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Georgetown Heritage, and the Frist Art Museum. Brooke has a B.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from James Madison University and an M.A. in Art History with a focus in Latina/o/x and Latin American art from Virginia Commonwealth University. Coming from a family of veterans, Brooke is excited to continue AHF’s important mission of preserving and celebrating the history of the American Soldier.

Jennifer Baird

Major Gifts Officer

Major Gift Officer, Jennifer Baird joined the Army Historical Foundation in 2023. With over 20 years of experience, Jennifer has been involved in fundraising, and development, specializing in individual, corporate sponsorships, and special events. Ms. Baird has worked at various organizations including the Illinois General Assembly, Hospice, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Army Emergency Relief, and the University of Maryland Global Campus. The Foundation’s mission holds a special significance for her as her family has a long-standing tradition of service to our country including her husband who served 20 years in the United States Army. With a deep understanding of the military, she is excited to continue her work at the foundation. Ms. Baird earned her M.A. in Political Studies from the University of Illinois.

We encourage you to join us in helping to support this important institution for future generations.

Learn why some of our major donors chose to support the Museum.