Corporations & Foundations

Corporate America: The Arsenal of Democracy

"The production which has flowed from this country to all the battlefields of the world has been due to the efforts of American business, American labor, and American farmers working as a patriotic team." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
There have been many wars that shaped the history of their time, but no singular event so dramatically changed the entire course of our history as did the Second World War. The impact was both on a global and individual level, altering lives, communities, and nations unlike any event before or since. The World War II Memorial will stand as a testament to the heroic efforts and sacrifices of all Americans who served–both in the armed forces and on the home front.

Corporate America, our country’s "Arsenal of Democracy," was essential to the success of the war effort. From 1941 to 1945, military manufacturing increased 800 percent, and advanced technology resulted in the capability to build one military plane every five minutes and a new war ship every day. This effort not only changed the face of the nation, it also launched America to its current position as the world’s greatest superpower.

Corporations and millions of Americans on the home front used their ingenuity, expertise, and resourcefulness to help win World War II. Since that time, Corporate America has continued to serve its country as the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers. The memorial will be a timeless salute to the companies and individual Americans who helped secure victory and enabled future generations to receive the most precious gift of all–freedom. Employees, stockholders, and customers of corporate contributors will share a common pride in this everlasting tribute.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

We are pleased to recognize major contributions and pledges from the following corporate- and foundation-based donors:

Founder Gifts of $2 Million and Above

Federal Express Corporation
Lilly Endowment Inc.
SBC Foundation and the Employees and Retirees of SBC Communications, Inc.
Wal-Mart/Sam's Club Associates and Customers

Leader Gifts of $1-$2 Million

Abbott Laboratories Fund
Anheuser-Busch Foundation
The Boeing Company
Daimler Chrysler Corporation Fund
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Eastman Kodak Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Henry Luce Foundation
NFL Charities
Omnicom Group Inc.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Harry and Grace Steele Foundation
The Starr Foundation
Tyco International, Ltd.

Patron Gifts of $500,000-$1 Million

Air Transport Association (ATA)
Caterpillar Inc.
Chris-Craft Industries, Inc.
The Coca Cola Company
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Lincy Foundation
Pfizer Inc.
Raytheon Company
Sears, Roebuck and Company
State Farm Companies Foundation
Target Stores
The UPS Foundation
Verizon Foundation
Viad Corp
The Wunderkind Foundation

Victor Gifts of $250,000-$500,000

Bank of America Foundation
Blockbuster Entertainment
Castle Rock Foundation
Ernst & Young, LLP
Expediters International
Ford Motor Company Fund
George W. & Amy Newman Foundation
G.E. Fund
General Motors Corporation
Guardsmark, Inc.
Houston Endowment, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Steelcase Inc.
Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.

Centurion Gifts of $100,000-$250,000

A.G. Edwards, Inc.
Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation
AlliedSignal Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company
American Airlines (ATA)
The Anschutz Foundation
Andersen Worldwide
The Annenberg Foundation
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
BD (Becton Dickinson)
The Belk Foundation
Bethlehem Steel
Blum-Kovler Foundation
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Canadian National - Illinois Central
The Cannon Foundation, Inc.
Chicago Merchantile Exchange
The Chubb Corporation
Citizens National Bank of Greenleaf, Belleville, Concordia, Lansing and Leavenworth, Kan.
CNF Transportation Inc.
The Coleman Foundation, Inc.
Costco Wholesale
The Crean Foundation
CSX Corporation
Dean Foods Company
Delta Airlines, Inc. (ATA)
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
DreamWorks S.K.G
Edward Jones
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Erie Insurance Company
First Tennesee Foundation
First USA
Fischer Scientific International Inc.
The Fort James Foundation
The Frey Foundation
General Mills Foundation
Genuine Parts Company
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Kathy & Alan C. Greenberg Philanthropic Fund
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Halliburton Company
Hasbro, Inc.
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation
Home Box Office
Honeywell Inc.
Intel Corporation
International Paper Company Foundation
John Deere Foundation
F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.
Knight Ridder Inc.
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
The Ralph and Eleanor Leatherby Family
Liberty Mutual Group Fund of the Boston Foundation
Lutheran Brotherhood
The MCJ Foundation
Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc.
The Monfort Family Foundation
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Company
M.S. Carriers
Musette & Allen Morgan Jr. Fund
Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation
Rapoport Foundation
Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
Rolls Royce
Saks Incorporated
Sara Lee Corporation
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Starwood Foundation
Trinity Industries, Inc.
TRW Foundation
The Albert L. Ueltschi Foundation
Union Pacific Corporation
Union Planters Corporation
United Airlines (ATA)
United Technologies Corporation
Wachovia Corporation
Whirlpool Foundation
Estate of Thomas C. Williamson
The Robert D. Wilson Foundation
Worthington Industries, Inc.
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
The Xerox Foundation
Zale Corporation
Zippo Manufacturing Co.

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