As a friend of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish studies at The Institute of World Politics (IWP), you understand its importance for the study of Poland, the larger region incorporating the lands of the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Poland’s historic role in the defense of Western Civilization, and U.S.-Polish relations. Several years ago, IWP won a nationwide competition organized by the American Institute of Polish Culture (AIPC) for a $1 million matching challenge grant to fund the chair so that Polish studies would have a secure and supportive academic home. Now we have an incredible opportunity to complete the match for this endowment, and I would like to appeal for your help.
While hosting an incredibly vibrant program in Polish studies, we have raised nearly $750,000 of endowment funds toward the match.
Just days ago, a generous anonymous donor challenged us to raise $125,000 in one week. If we reach this goal, he will generously match this funding. This will give us the final $250,000 to fund the Kościuszko Chair. We will then receive the original $1,000,000 AIPC grant.
Since the inauguration of the Chair here at IWP, we have run the single most active program in this field anywhere outside of Poland. We have sponsored scores of lectures, conferences, and seminars. We have hosted interns and research fellows. Our Chair holder, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz, has written several outstanding books and scores of articles while lecturing widely both in America and Europe as well as participating in strategy exercises in such places as the U.S. Army War College. His book, Intermarium, served as the conceptual foundation of the “Three Seas Initiative” and Summits organized by the Presidents of Poland and Croatia to help bring together and strengthen a dozen nations of Central and Eastern Europe. President Trump attended one of these summits in Warsaw this last year. Meanwhile, our visiting fellows and staff members have written many articles. We have hosted senior Polish Army officers to study at IWP as Strategic Fellows. I have made my own contributions, such as participating in the NATO Warsaw Summit Experts Forum in 2016.
The Polish government has recognized the importance of our program – to the extent that we have been visited by Polish President Andzej Duda and longtime Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz and the Defense Ministry continues to send us senior officers to study here.
Please don’t underestimate the strategic significance of our program. The independence, strength, prosperity, and cultural health of Poland is vital to the Eastern Flank of NATO, and for the defense of all of Europe. Poland is one of the few European nations that is not bent on cultural and demographic suicide. A program like the Kościuszko Chair’s is critical to ensuring that America understands and supports Poland’s strategic role in the defense of the West.
We are now so close to completing this endowment with this rare and wonderful opportunity. But we have only one week to take advantage of it!
Please consider making the most generous gift you possibly can for this cause. And please forward this appeal to any of your friends or family members who might be in a position to contribute.
1) Please visit the following link to contribute by credit card (Important: Under „How would you like to designate your gift?” select „Matching gift for Kościuszko Chair Endowment” for your donation to ensure it is credited toward this matching campaign):
2) Alternatively, you can reply to this email that you are pledging a certain amount and send us a check with „K Chair” in the Memo field
3) Please call Lisa Brenner (202) 462-2101 x127 as she is our new Assistant Director for Institutional Advancement and would love to speak with you.
Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by. On behalf of The Institute of World Politics, I express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your generous gift.
With all my best wishes,
Dr. John Lenczowski
Founder and President
The Institute of World Politics
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Source: The Institute of World Politics, News & Publication, January 18, 2018.