This year we were deeply saddened by the death of Senator Richard Lugar. For many of us, he was a mentor, an inspiration, and a source of confidence that our nation and government could come together to address the most important issues confronting us. As we mourned his passing, the community of people in Indiana and across the globe who admired, respected, and loved him celebrated his long list of accomplishments. For decades he contributed to global security and the prosperity of Hoosiers and Americans. And his achievements were based on an unwavering integrity that made us proud he was our mayor and our senator.
When Senator Lugar left government, he created the Lugar Center as a way to continue his work. He came to the Lugar Center every work day for more than six years focused on promoting bipartisan governance, strengthening non-proliferation efforts, and supporting the food security of our planet. In each of these areas the Lugar Center has made an impact. The Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index has become a frequently cited measure of how often Congress and its individual members are cooperating to pass legislation. The Lugar Center co-hosts the only regular bipartisan briefing for Congressional Staff on nuclear weapons and arms control issues. The Center also is a notable advocate for continued U.S. leadership in addressing global hunger through research, biotechnology, and the expertise of American farmers and businesses. These and many other activities support and extend Senator Lugar’s legacy.
We need the help of those who knew him and were devoted to his brand of public service to continue this work and sustain the Lugar Center. Before the funeral, the Lugar family designated the Lugar Center as the recommended recipient of charitable memorials. We are a lean organization that has been recognized three years in a row by the University of Pennsylvania as among the top 5% of public policy charities in the country. Contributions to this funding effort would be devoted to ensuring that Senator Lugar’s work in critical areas continues long into the future.
Please consider a generous gift to help maintain The Lugar Center as a living memorial to Sen. Lugar. Donations are tax deductible under IRS rules.
More information about The Lugar Center is available at www.thelugarcenter.org. The Lugar Center is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non profit organization.