Preserve Jefferson’s Architectural Legacy

Now it is up to you—alumni, parents and friends in Virginia, the nation and around the world—to contribute to preserving Thomas Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece and vision for providing young citizens with the skills and education necessary for a successful democracy.

Join Jefferson’s Circle

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. 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.

Annual gifts of $1,000 or more may be given to Rotunda Renovation, Historic Buildings and Grounds, or theJeffersonian Restoration Endowment and are recognized annually in the Rotunda.

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
  • Corinthian – $25,000+

*Reserved for students and alumni who completed their degrees within the last 5 years

Learn more about Jefferson’s Circle.

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 Amy Yancey for more information.


U200 is a group of University leaders who have made a pledge of $100,000 or more over five years to match the Commonwealth’s investment in renovating the Rotunda.

Jeffersonian Grounds Major Gifts

For pledged and outright gifts of $100,000 or more, the University offers opportunities for named endowments, permanent recognition and sponsored student rooms, alleys, pavilions and hotels. Please contact Kim Gall or Amy Yancey to discuss ways you can help us preserve the Jeffersonian legacy at UVA

Fun Ways to Give

Initiatives spearheaded by students, alumni and community members are raising awareness and support for renovation projects on the Grounds. Find out ways you can shop to support the Rotunda.

Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

For giving information, contact:

Woody Wingfield

“We are stewards of this historic architecture, for it belongs not to the University, but to the world.”

Alice J. Raucher

Architect for the University of Virginia