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 historic buildings and grounds or the Jeffersonian Restoration Endowment, and are recognized 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