Who we are

We are a diverse network of alumni, parents, students, faculty and friends of James Madison University who engage and inform women about the opportunities and needs of the university. Our primary goal is to enhance the collective involvement and financial impact of women giving to the university.

Building on JMU’s history as a women’s institution and recognizing today’s 6-to-4 female-to-male student enrollment, the organization seeks new ways to engage women of varied interests and accomplishments in the life of the university. Women for Madison encourages women to connect with one another, with university leaders, and directly with JMU’s exceptional professors and students as they invest their time, talents and resources. Any woman who makes an annual gift in any amount, individually or jointly, to James Madison University is considered a Woman for Madison.

Our mission, vision and values

Creating a cultivation and leadership opportunity to empower women in philanthropy

Women for Madison promotes investment in the future of James Madison University.

To enhance the engagement and collective financial impact of women giving to JMU.


  • Leadership - We are JMU donors who inspire other women to invest in JMU. 
  • Engagement - We build meaningful relationships to create a broader network of support. 
  • Education - We educate donors about university programs, opportunities, outcomes, and results. We inform donors about ways to invest and the impact of their investments.
  • Diversity - We are representative of the JMU community. We reflect a variety of cultures, experiences and perspectives. We continually widen our circle of donors and promote a spectrum of meaningful opportunities that make an impact on James Madison University students. 

Back to Top