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Madison Trust will return on March 14, 2025. Please save the date and make plans to join us. Stay tuned for further information.

  • The inaugural event occurred in November 2014
  • Faculty, staff and student presenters from over 25 units across JMU have participated
  • A total of nearly 170 proposals have been submitted, collectively seeking funding amounting to over $2.7 Million
  • Since 2014, 77 philanthrophic investors have served as panel members
  • More than 200 faculty, staff and student presenters have showcased 91 unique projects at the event
  • Private funding totals $1.1 million and continues to grow
About Madison Trust

Madison Trust is an initiative of University Advancement that is managed by the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations, in collaboration with colleagues and campus partners from across JMU.

Through Madison Trust, philanthropic investors fuel JMU innovations. Think of a certain TV show, but without “sharks,” featuring JMU alumni, family members, and friends who believe in and are ready to support their fellow Dukes: faculty, staff and students who are Being the Change on campus, in our community, and around the world.

Since 2014, donors to Madison Trust have contributed over $1.1 million to support nearly 100 deserving projects.


Where innovation ignites and grows in service to the world.

Together, JMU innovators and philanthropic investors collaborate to bring imagination and insight to reality. Our participants, whether presenters or panel members, are visionary individuals who recognize innovation as the solution to addressing the most challenging issues facing JMU, our community, and the world.

Our project presenters seek seed money to secure proof of concept, launch programs, conduct novel research, develop inventions, and more.

Our philanthropic investors are discerning donors who foresee the local, regional, national and/or global impact of the faculty and staff projects they choose to support — and who do not expect any financial return on their contributions to Madison Trust.


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