Why a Campaign

In our ongoing work to protect and preserve Monticello – a “masterpiece of human creative genius” – we derive inspiration from Jefferson’s ideas, from world-class scholarship, and from a legacy of stewardship that spans more than 180 years. It began with the Levy family, who saved the house from ruin in 1834; it continued with the incorporation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1923.

Today we stand on the shoulders of generations of Americans, united in the conviction that Thomas Jefferson’s legacy has enduring relevance.

Guided by the past and inspired by the future, the Foundation has launched We Hold These Truths: The Campaign for Monticello. Our commitment to education and preservation continues as we strive to more fully reveal Jefferson’s world, share stories of Monticello that have never been told, and protect the positions and programs that define our excellence. The campaign is about safeguarding and sharing the mountain and the mind of Thomas Jefferson – for all time and for all people.

We hope you will consider joining the lineage of stewardship that has protected Monticello for more than 180 years. Thank you to friends near and far for your support in safeguarding this American treasure.

Leslie Greene Bowman

Donald A. King, Jr.