Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. will join the Army Historical Foundation as a board member to campaign for the construction of the National Army Museum at Fort Belvoir. The foundation has raised $65 million of the $155 million it needs to open the museum’s doors by 2015. It has secured major corporate funders including Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Casey, who retired last year after leading the Army through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is to join fellow retired service members on the board of the foundation that seeks to preserve Army history. The Army is the only military branch without a national museum.
Target plans to give $4.5m to area schools
Target plans to pump up to $4.5 million into Washington area schools as part of its national library makeover program. The company has partnered with the D.C. school district to start a literacy program in six elementary programs and plans to give $15,000 in reading grants. The company also plans to renovate a D.C. elementary’s library with a technology upgrade that includes iPads. The national campaign is part of Target’s goal of giving $1 billion to education by 2015.
Nonprofits in running to receive free vehicle
One D.C. area nonprofit hopes to erase “new car” from its wish list. A handful of local nonprofits have been selected in Toyota’s national contest to award 100 of its vehicles to 100 charities across the country. The company selected 500 finalists by a panel of judges and will open voting by the public May 14 on Facebook at www.100carsforgood.com. The winning nonprofits get to choose between six models that include a hybrid, an SUV and full-size pickup.