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As the Centennial Legacy Campaign nears completion — we’re just under $2 million from our goal — and now that the museum is completed, opened, and attended like never before, the Board of Directors has launched a marked strategic shift in the Foundation’s mission and direction, to producing, implementing, growing and sustaining $10 million worth of exciting, new educational programs and initiatives.

All of these new programs and initiatives — known around Yorba Linda as “Phase II” — are “forward looking,” that is to say that each program actively ties an element of President Nixon’s legacy to contemporary geopolitical issues and/or promotes that legacy to a new generation; in short, with this shift in strategy, the Nixon Foundation will be making an impact and a difference all over the world.

These programs and initiatives will create or result in actionable information for use by policy makers, students or researchers, as well as inspire people of all ages to more fully understand the Nixon story in totality.

The programs and initiatives are divided into four core pillars:

Building A More Just Society

Domestic legacy initiatives

By developing and implementing programs that serve to further many of the domestic initiatives that RN implemented, the Foundation will be making real change in the lives of young Americans.


Sustaining A Generation of Peace

Foreign legacy initiatives

The Foundation will put on a series of programs – onsite and offsite – to promote cooperation between China and the U.S. while recognizing differences. Injecting the Nixon name into China-U.S. relations serves to develop a franchise on China studies and policy for the Foundation.

Only One China? The Shanghai Communiqué in the Age of Trump

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA
March 28, 2017

Program Synopsis  •  Program Transcript  •  Video


The United States, China and Russia: Relations Between the World’s Great Powers in the Age of Trump

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA
July 27, 2017

Program Synopsis  •  Key Quotes  •  Program Transcript  •  Video


Understanding The Nixon Story

Archival/Study/University Relations

By embracing scholars and students while moving ever-closer to the educational community, the Foundation can expand its opportunities to enact real change. These available opportunities include research grants, internships, partnerships with universities requiring study – and actionable results of such study – of RN, and online curriculum.


Strategizing For The Future

The Annual Nixon Forum

The annual Nixon Forum conference will create a thought provoking and insightful presentation and discussion for millennials on understanding and critically thinking through change.

The implementation of Phase II programs and initiatives is the future of the Richard Nixon Foundation — and, needless to say, we’re already off and running.