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On March 11, 2022, this year’s top 10 finalists presented their ideas to the Madison Trust panel of philanthropic investors and reaped the triple benefit of

  1. the chance to fund their work through Madison Trust,
  2. the guidance to position their innovation so they can seek other gifts or grants if needed, and
  3. introductions to colleagues at JMU who can help them find and pursue still more funding opportunities.


Next Madison Trust innovation funding event: March 10, 2023. Download these helpful documents to start preparing a proposal to submit in fall 2022.

 Access your Funds

See the 2022 Madison Trust projects update, sent to donors in April 2022 (click to view):


Madison Trust History
  • Inaugural event November 2014
  • Over 25 units represented through faculty, staff and student presenters
  • Nearly 170 proposals submitted seeking over $2.7 Million
  • 77 investors have participated in person since 2014
  • More than 200 faculty, staff and student presenters representing 91 unique projects
  • $924,884 and counting in private funding

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