Campaign priority

Endowing Excellence

Campaign priority

Endowing Excellence

People journey to Monticello to experience Jefferson’s iconic home and landscape. They leave remembering the personal touches and exceptional programs that have resonated with our visitors for generations.

The Foundation relies on more than 300 employees and 120 volunteers to advance its dual mission of preservation and education. Across departments, our staff is comprised of industry leaders—stewards of Jefferson’s legacy who are nationally recognized in fields ranging from horticultural history and restoration to archaeology and the arts.

Holding Monticello in trust—safeguarding the mountaintop, and its important message—is a highly active process. Since 1923, Foundation staff has led the charge to restore Monticello, and keep Jefferson’s ideas in the national discourse.

Sustaining departmental and programmatic excellence is second only to the preservation of Monticello and Jefferson’s words, yet few departments, positions, or programs have been fully endowed. At this critical moment in the Foundation’s history—after 90 years of painstaking restoration—we are seeking support to protect and uphold our priceless intellectual capital. Through naming an endowed fund for a position or program, we invite you to leave your mark on Monticello’s storied history, joining the community of patriotic Americans who have helped us to fully reveal Jefferson’s mountaintop.


All Priorities

“…it is not just students and presidents, it is every American—indeed, every human life ever touched by the daring idea of self-government—that Mr. Jefferson has influenced.”
—Ronald Reagan, 1988

Funding Opportunities

$100,000—$1,000,000 Name and endow a fund to support a specific area or program $2,500,000 Name and endow a senior leadership position $5,000,000 Name and endow a Monticello department $5,000,000 Name and endow the Thomas Jefferson Foundation President

Every gift matters.