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Madison Fund

Give NowEvery day, students and faculty at James Madison University are working to Be the Change. Inside the classroom, professors are teaching students to become aware of significant issues that impact the global society today, from linking academia to patient care to innovating sustainable energy. Outside of the classroom, students are applying their emergent skills by participating in service-learning and by making a difference in communities around the world. These are just a few examples of JMU’s many higher education programs with a purpose. Your support to the Madison Fund helps make it possible. Please give today.


  1. Wilson Hall photo by Tom Cogill

    What is the Madison Fund?

    Gifts to this highly flexible fund allow the university to respond to its most critical priorities

    The Madison Fund is the backbone of giving at JMU. Your gift to the Madison Fund today will have a wide effect across the university, providing student scholarships, faculty research support, program enhancements, classroom and lab equipment, and more ... Learn more

  2. Ginjer Clarke

    Why I support the Madison Fund

    Author Ginjer Clarke ('94) asks you to help write a new story about how JMU professors change lives

    Ginjer Clarke says JMU professor Pam Johnson helped her find her true calling as a children's book author. That’s why she nominated Dr. Johnson for Madison's award-winning Professors You Love series, and why she and her husband Jay (’92) are regular supporters of the Madison Fund ... Continue reading
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  3. Photo: Professor Chris Bachmann

    What am I really supporting?

    Private contributions are vital to helping JMU professors and students Be the Change

    When you give to the Madison Fund, there's a question there. What does it mean? What am I really supporting? And the answer is: a lot. View this short video to find out how support helps the magic of JMU possible ... View the video

  4. Photo: JMU Nursing Student Association

    Support tomorrow's leaders

    Your gifts help prepare Madison students to take their place in a global society

    JMU nursing majors live and work by the motto: "Being a nurse means making a difference in people's lives." Members of the JMU Nursing Student Association, led by president Kristina Kirby (Achievementaking the rounds in campus, community and global volunteer service ... Read more

  5. Photo: Deirdre Myers ('13)

    Support Achievement Scholarships

    Gifts to the Madison Fund support all areas of the university, including student scholarships

    Deirdre Myers ('13) discusses her decision to come to James Madison University. She is a recipient of a Madison Achievement Scholarship, an award that is funded through donor gifts to the Madison Fund ... View video

  6. Photo: Duke Dog

    Your perfect match

    JMU was your perfect match as a student, and it's the perfect match for your support

    Profile of Duke Dog: charming, intelligent, enjoys sports and outdoor activities, has diverse interests and is dedicated to changing the world.
    Please give today to support all these things about Madison that you love and stand for ... View video | Give now

  7. Photo: Kate Arecchi

    Teaching proficiency and citizenship

    JMU's holistic approach to learning is enhanced by Madison Fund donations

    Actors change costumes, change roles, change sets, but Kate Arecchi helps students change their lives. With enthusiasm described by a colleague as "extraordinarily positive," JMU's coordinator of musical theatre prepares students for the challenging world of professional theater ... Read more

  8. Photo: J. Craig Williams

    Paying it forward

    Your Madison Fund contributions help continue a tradition of excellence

    J. Craig Williams ('79) never forgot the Madison vice president who taught him the importance of "paying it forward." Dr. Ray Sonner, for whom Sonner Hall is named, made the phone call that helped Williams land his first job. When Williams started his own law practice, he often received resumes from hopeful lawyers who had no chance of getting a job with the practice ... Read more

  9. Matching gifts and double or triple your donation

    Matching gifts

    Double or even TRIPLE your gift at no cost to you!

    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and/or spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please visit this link to search our database ... Search matching gift companies