Alumni association gift supports vision fund in honor of new president
The James Madison University Alumni Association announced a major matching gift donation to JMU on Sunday, in celebration of Jonathan R. Alger’s March 15 inauguration as the university’s sixth president.
The association’s board of directors, the representative body of Madison’s alumni, will invest up to $100,000 into the Madison Forever Vision Fund.
The Madison Forever Vision Fund provides flexible dollars for use as: seed money for new program development; resources for retaining exceptional talent; funds for strategic partnerships; and support for other programs which will lead to JMU becoming the national model for the engaged university.
“Giving is all about leverage. The alumni association’s gift to the Madison Forever Vision Fund will allow us to match every two dollars given with one dollar from the alumni association,” said Jamie Jones Miller (’99), alumni association president. “We want to hold the door open for other people to take the same path we’ve taken. That’s really important for us to continue giving our time, talent and treasure back to the university.”
The alumni association’s financial commitment will provide a 50-percent match to all donations to the fund through June 1, 2013, up to a maximum of $100,000. It’s the second major gift commitment from the association in three years, and will potentially equal in value the $100,000 donation it made to JMU in 2011 during the association’s 100th anniversary.
Inauguration Week at JMU opened March 11 and continues through March 16 — James Madison’s 262nd birthday. The ceremony inaugurating President Alger is Friday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m. at the JMU Convocation Center, with live coverage on jmu.edu via Web telecast.
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March 11, 2013