Imagine what we’ll accomplish together

The Amethyst Circle is a first-of-its-kind giving society at JMU. Together we’re harnessing the collective power of women’s philanthropy to raise $1 million every two years. Join this visionary group of 200 women by pledging $5,000 to fund scholarships and fulfill your commitment by May 31, 2023. 

Join the Amethyst Circle

Meaningful Involvement

Your commitment will make a big impact for high school seniors who have set their hearts on the Madison Experience.

Bold Investment

Your gift provides the renewable scholarship awards proven to unlock a JMU education for promising and deserving students.

Make The Circle Strong

Invite JMU friends and family to join you. You can help bridge the opportunity gap for our students.

“Women are doing important work in the world. We are the CFOs and philanthropic decision-makers for our families. And traditionally we have come together, worked together, to improve our communities. So think about the impact we can have on our university when we give together.” —Beth McConnell Bliss (’84), Amethyst Circle founder

Your impact
  • Transform Dukes’ lives by providing renewable scholarships.
  • Strengthen JMU’s student recruiting potential.
  • Increase opportunities for JMU to receive funding from agencies who look first to see how many students with financial need we are already helping.
  • Support women’s programming to further build women’s philanthropy.
Your benefits
  • Network with other Amethyst Circle members.
  • Shape the Amethyst Circle experience and additional benefits.
  • Build women’s philanthropy at JMU and influence how women can collaborate to make a difference at the university.
  • Meet JMU scholarship recipients.
  • Celebrate our first Amethyst Circle biennium at the 2023 Women for Madison Summit.

“We make a difference, and I love it. We have this vision together and we do it. I really like that I’m investing myself and my financial support in league with other women. I urge more women to join our cause.” —Dawn Smith Barnes (’90), Amethyst Circle founder

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