FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FOUNDERS
Through his will, Thomas Jefferson gave the University part of his personal library, with the remainder going to the Library of Congress. James Madison also included the University in his will, giving both money and volumes from his own library. Madison’s gift of $1,500 established the library’s first endowment, which continues to provide funds every year for the purchase of books.
A growing number of alumni and friends invest in the future preservation of the historic Grounds by designating the Jeffersonian Grounds as a beneficiary of their wills or retirement plans. Others make gifts that will support the Academical Village in the future and pay the donor an income for life. Many make gifts in memory or in honor of a family member or a beloved faculty member. Such gifts can offer significant tax benefits and flexibility in meeting a donor’s personal and philanthropic goals.