When Thomas Jefferson began designing and building the University of Virginia, he gathered a “circle of friends” who were the “subscribers, contributors, and founders” of the University. This select group included James Madison and James Monroe, who were present to lay the cornerstone of Pavilion VII and who served on the University’s first Board of Visitors. Jefferson’s Circle was formed to support the preservation of Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece: the Rotunda, pavilions and hotels, student rooms, and gardens that make up his Academical Village.
How to Join
Jefferson’s Circle members make unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more as the basis for annual membership. Gifts may be made to the Rotunda Renovation, Historic Buildings and Grounds or the Jeffersonian Restoration Endowment, and are recognized annually in the Rotunda.
Annual Giving Levels
Poe Alley* $100 to $999
Tuscan $1,000 to $2,499
Doric $2,500 to $4,999
Ionic $5,000 to $24,999
* Reserved for students and alumni who completed their degrees within the last five years
Lifetime Giving Levels
Palladian $1,000,000 – $2,999,999
Founders $3,000,000 and up
Members of Jefferson’s Circle provide the means to
- Continue the restoration of the Jeffersonian buildings and landscapes
- Organize educational and interpretive programs on the historic buildings and gardens
- Support documentary and on-site research and support to publish the findings
- Provide and conserve appropriate furnishings for the pavilions on the Lawn
- Promote public awareness of the historical and cultural significance of the Academical Village
Join Jefferson’s Circle Now
The University invites individuals, families, organizations, and corporations to become part of Jefferson’s Circle. Contributions may be in the form of cash, securities, planned gifts, or other appreciated assets. Matching gifts from an employer are credited to the donor and count toward membership. Individual Lawn and Range rooms, hotels, alleys, and pavilions may be permanently sponsored, and permanent named endowments can be established or created in honor or memory of loved ones. Members of Jefferson’s Circle provide a sound foundation for the University’s historic preservation programs. Their continuing generosity protects a landmark of international significance and ensures that the Jeffersonian buildings and grounds remain an integral part of University life for future generations. Learn more about other ways to give. Individual Lawn and Range rooms, hotels, alleys, and pavilions may be permanently sponsored, and permanent named endowments can be established or created in honor or memory of loved ones. Please contact Woody Wingfield for more information.