Ways to Give - Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

Ways to Give

Lawn Alumni Challenge

Jefferson’s Circle


Major Gifts

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.

With the Rotunda renovation complete, the building is once again serving as the heart of student life and scholarship. Now our focus is on fully renovating Thomas Jefferson’s original Academical Village, including the student rooms of the Lawn and Ranges, colonnades, pavilions, gardens, and associated buildings and landscape.

Lawn Alumni Challenge

If you lived on the Lawn, you enjoyed the best front yard in the world. Now, it’s your turn to preserve your room for future generations. The Academical Village is not a museum. It’s the thriving, active hub of UVA. Since their conception, Lawn rooms have been home to our brightest students and outstanding citizen leaders. These well-loved spaces are also well worn. That’s why, for the first time in 200 years, we’re undertaking this comprehensive renovation.

Lawn alumni can participate by making a gift to any part of the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative. All contributions count toward Lawn room, class year, and West versus East totals—and are featured on the new Lawn Alumni Challenge website and its interactive leaderboard. Lawn alumni also have the opportunity to sponsor their rooms so that these historic living quarters remain a part of the daily fabric of the University as safe, fully functional spaces for future Lawn residents.

Lead our Lawn Alumni Challenge by making your gift today. It’s time to protect our legacy. The future starts with you.

Jefferson’s Circle

When Thomas Jefferson began designing and building the University of Virginia, he gathered a “circle of friends” who were the University’s “subscribers, contributors, and founders.” 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

Corinthian $25,000-$99,999
Terrace $100,000-$249,999
Portico $250,000-$499,999
Dome $500,000-$999,999
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.


The Jeffersonian Restoration endowment is critical to the long term stewardship of the historic Grounds. Changes in funding and priorities over time have led to a backlog of repairs, restoration and renovations in our most treasured buildings. By building our endowment, we protect our current investment and ensure that we can responsibly care for these historic structures in the future. We ensure the work we do now does not fall into disrepair later. Gifts of all sizes may be made to the existing endowment. Gifts of $100,000 or more may be named for an individual, foundation, family or corporation and will provide annual income in perpetuity to preserve the Jeffersonian legacy at UVA Click here to see how UVIMCO invests UVA assets. We also ask that you consider creating an endowment through your estate. Contact Amy Yancey or the Office of Gift Planning to see how your legacy can help preserve ours.

Follow in the Founder’s Footsteps

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.

Major Gifts

For pledged and outright gifts of $100,000 or more, the University offers opportunities for:

  • named endowments
  • permanent recognition
  • sponsored student rooms
  • alleys
  • pavilions
  • hotels

Please contact Woody Wingfield at 434-924-0266 to discuss ways you can help us preserve the Jeffersonian legacy at UVA