The word “philanthropy” originates from Latin and Greek words that mean “love of mankind.” It is usually that love that inspires contributions to causes. It comes from a donor’s heart and soul, and the donor seeks the same in the organizations to which support is given. Many NCSML stories illustrate such mutuality. One of the most profound examples involves our retiring President and CEO, Gail Naughton.

The NCSML was established by love of people and culture, it recovered from “The Flood” of 2008 because of the love and support of many, and its mission that projects into the future stands on the respect of people borne in love. The past is honored, the present is celebrated, and the future is prepared for with heart and soul.

Gail Naughton, longtime President and CEO of the NCSML, is retiring. She has given her heart and soul to the cause, inspired largely by those who have shared the same with the NCSML. (Read her column about heart and soul here.) Her successor will reap the benefits of her commitment, as she did the commitment of museum donors, citizens of Cedar Rapids, and people around the world who take great pride in Czech and Slovak cultures.


The NCSML board has announced a campaign for the NCSML President’s Endowment in Gail’s honor as a permanent recognition to honor her leadership. The initiative is a unique opportunity to celebrate a remarkable career with a lasting gift to the institution and the community for which Gail has given so much. Please make a contribution to help honor an extraordinary leader.

Donor recognition levels include:

  • Supporter: $1 – $999
  • Freedom: $1,000 – $4,999
  • Community: $5,000 – $9,999
  • Visionary: $10,000 – $24,999

Donors contributing at the Freedom level or higher will be recognized in the NCSML Founder’s Hall. Donate by June 20, 2018, to be sure to have your name on the plaque that will be unveiled at Gail’s retirement event on June 28.  Donors who contribute after that date will be added as soon as possible.

Planned Giving

Planned giving offers profound ways of taking your life’s work and passing it forward with heart and soul to the work of the future. If you’ve considered a planned gift to the NCSML, or have questions about the process, please get in touch.

You can learn more at this site, and feel free to contact me with any questions at or 832-877-8821.

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