Making History Project
WWII Archive

Veterans Oral History Interviews

Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Status Obtained

Non-Profit SuccessOfficially a Non-Profit Public Charity

The Making History Project achieved an important milestone last month as it was officially designated as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Donors to the Making History Project can now deduct their contributions under IRC Section 170. Likewise, the Making History Project is qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.

Initial Board of Directors Nominated

At the same time, we have established our first Board of Directors for the Making History Project. The Board is composed of a diverse group of passionate people dedicated to the cause of preserving history. Included on the Board is a distinguished and highly decorated World War II paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne who jumped into Normandy on D-Day. Also participating on the Board is a Dean and history professor from a college, a well-respected lawyer and named partner in a law firm, and a retired Special Forces Veteran who is a dedicated advocate for disabled Veterans through the DAV. Our first Board meeting will be this month to pass our By-Laws, elect Officers, and establish priorities and projects for fundraising. The website will be updated shortly to incorporate the names, positions, and short bios for each Director. Likewise, I will post the official notice for non-profit status as well as the By-laws once they are enacted.

Social Media, Podcast, and Newsletter Projects

The Making History Project is engaging a social media and digital consultant to build an engaging and robust social media network using our existing Facebook and Twitter pages. It is difficult to accomplish all of your goals alone, but much more can be done with a community and tribe of followers. Our consultant will also start a new podcast channel for the Making History Project whereby we can channel the audio portion of our interviews to a bigger audience. The podcast audio files will link back to the video interviews for those that are interested in watching the video. Finally, a newsletter and membership list is in the works so we can regularly offer a lot of cool updates, information, and articles that any history fan will appreciate.

We all live, few preserve, and even less make. Let’s make some history for the future!

501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Application

Non-Profit Organization501(c)(3) Status

Earlier this month, I submitted the necessary paperwork to the IRS for official non-profit status. The goal is to obtain non-profit status so fundraising efforts can be undertaken to take this project to the top. Donations to non-profit organizations are considered charitable donations and are generally tax-deductible. The Making History Project whose mission is to preserve, protect, and provide access to the stories of our Veterans, operates exclusively for educational and literary purposes. All of the video oral history interviews we obtain are freely provided and archived with the U.S. Library of Congress so future generations may see them long after our Veterans are gone.

Planning for Sustained Growth

For the past three years, I have self-funded the Making History Project for all expenses, including equipment, supplies, rent, and travel for interviews and presentations. To grow this project and to make it sustainable, more financial support will be needed. With non-profit status, I can finally approach businesses for strategic partnerships so this important work of preserving the stories of our Veterans continues. Let’s face it, without non-profit status, you are not going to get through the door. Likewise, the ability to obtain grants and secure great volunteers will be enhanced once we are officially a non-profit.

Fundraising Consultant

A local fundraising consultant has already been retained so that we hit the ground running once we get the green light from Uncle Sam. I am looking forward to this new and exciting chapter for growing the Making History Project. If you would like to get involved and help at the ground level, now would be the perfect time to reach out. No effort is too small or unappreciated. Let’s make some history!

Afghanistan War Veteran Oral History

SSG Justin GrahamThe full oral history interview of Afghanistan War Veteran, SSG Justin Graham, has been uploaded to the Making History Project website.

The oral history interview took place on November 5, 2016 during the 10th Anniversary Reunion for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne.

SSG Justin Graham is a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, 508 PIR and served in three deployments to Afghanistan.  Check out the full oral history interview on the Veteran Oral History Interviews webpage.

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