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JMU’s mission is to prepare educated and enlightened citizens who lead lives that are productive and meaningful — not just one or the other.

It’s a mission inspired by our forward-looking perspective on what success after graduation ought to look like, and by James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution. Purposeful citizens who live productive and meaningful lives will forever be our best hope for a brighter future.

Purposeful + Proof = WISE INVESTMENT

That's meaningful.

JMU graduates are far more likely to possess a greater sense of purpose and personal well-being than graduates from other top schools, according to Gallup.

That's productive.

And JMU graduates get to work quickly: 91 percent of JMU's 2016 graduates were employed, in grad school or engaged in other other career-related endeavors six months out, according to JMU Career and Academic Planning.

Solve the equation

Today, your gift will make a more purposeful difference than ever before. Donors like you are investing in JMU at an unprecedented level. Private giving to JMU has topped $18 million in each of the last three years after averaging $10.3 million per year during the previous three. And this philanthropic momentum comes at an auspicious time. Virginia has fallen to 44th in the nation in per-student funding for higher education, according to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, making access to education more difficult for many high-achieving students.

Your gift — no matter the size — can make all the difference for these deserving young people.

Please read the personal stories linked on this page and consider how your gift could help.

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The Valley Scholars effect

Students and benefactors both learn there’s nothing more important than getting to be what you know in your heart you want to be. MORE >>

May graduate supports new COB Learning Complex

Carlyle Group’s David Vaughn ('17) says his JMU business education put him ahead of grads from other business schools so he’s giving back to support the CoB Learning Complex. MORE >>

Inaugural class of Engagement Fellows sets the bar high

Claudia Salvador ('15M), Madeleine Ross ('16) and Xavia Gary ('15) say a new postgraduate fellowship program has thrown them into the thick of public service. MORE >>

A Dukes family pays it forward

Investing in JMU's future by investing in students is almost as important to Mike and Kathy Thomas as investing in their own children's futures. Both believe that giving back is their responsibility, and they ask others to join in.MORE >>

Centennial Scholar says he owes JMU

Ahmad Abdul-Ali feels strongly that the best way to repay all the people at JMU who helped him achieve his goal of a medical degree is to someday provide his services in one of Virginia's most needy communities. MORE >>

Michael Szymanski honors his professor

Intensely grateful to the professor who gave him focus, a Madison alum shares how giving to JMU can help to create more incredible relationships between students and faculty members. MORE >>

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