The JMU Foundation is dedicated to supporting the faculty, staff, students and programs of the university. We want the best for our university, but as the trustees of your contributions we also have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that your gift intentions are fulfilled exactly as you wish. Every gift is important to us whether it be to the annual fund or the endowment and we prudently invest funds to maximize returns while appropriately managing risk. Our goal is preserve the purchasing power of the endowment and provide a growing income stream to the university.

If you are already among those who financially support the mission of the university, let me say thank you. If you have been thinking about making a gift, there is no better time. While we are grateful to the Commonwealth of Virginia and its taxpayers for the general fund resources that come to the university, those funds as a percentage of the total revenue required to support the needs of a quality academic program have been declining. There is no reason to expect that a reversal in the trend will occur any time soon. To assure that JMU remains one of the best academic options for young people going forward the university must look to private support to complement what the state and the student pays.

President Alger has proclaimed a desire to be the national model for the Engaged University; engaged with ideas and the world. The James Madison University Foundation is here to help the university realize its aspirations!

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W. Cliff Wood, Jr.
Chairman, Board of Trustees
James Madison University Foundation

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