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 stories—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.

At this critical moment in the Foundation’s history—after 90 years of painstaking restoration— gifts to the campaign have established endowed funds for key programs and positions.


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

CAMPAIGN SUCCESSES

Endowment support for "My Monticello" school program Named and endowed the Fiske and Marie Kimball Librarian at Monticello's Jefferson Library Endowment support for "Getting Word" Oral History Project Named and endowed the Daniel P. Jordan Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello

Every gift matters.