The Jefferson Trust

THE JEFFERSON TRUST makes grants to innovative ideas that enrich the University of Virginia and the student experience. Founded in 2006, the Trust has awarded upwards of $10 million to 256 trustee-selected projects across Grounds. Any student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funding, with grants typically ranging between $2,500 and $150,000. Grants have been made to every school; and many University organizations, centers, or institutes have received grants. To learn more about the organization, our grant-making, and our Trustees, view our 2019-2020 annual report.

Vision – To allow great ideas at the University of Virginia to come to fruition and demonstrate the powerful benefits of donor-led, university-based grantmaking.

Mission – To foster a dynamic community of alumni and friends of the University of Virginia who provide catalytic grants in support of innovation and leadership. This donor-led initiative invests in people whose efforts can have a positive impact on the student experience, the University community, or society at large.

There are now over 70 trustees who award $1M or more each year. These trustees are UVA alumni, parents, and friends from across the country; representing almost every school, a variety of professional disciplines, and range in age from 23 to 81. Their unique backgrounds and skillsets combine to form a board that is fun, engaging, collegial, and collaborative. Through their service they engage directly with, and invest in, the people and projects that advance UVA.

2020-21 Trustee Board

  • Daniel S. Adler
  • James G. AldigĂ©, IV
  • Alexandra Arriaga
  • Elizabeth A. Boutry
  • Sarah R. Bridenhagen
  • George H. Brown
  • Renee deP. Brown
  • Sara S. Brown
  • Erin F. & James F. Burgoyne
  • Cameron B. & J. Duncan Burn
  • John A. Burns
  • Robert G. Byron
  • Michael S. Christopher
  • Jonathan C. & Theresa T. Clark
  • Alan C. Cline
  • Charles P. Cocke, Jr.
  • Matthew W. Cooper
  • William G. Costin, IV
  • Stefan H. Cushman
  • Anthony J. DiClemente
  • Allison Cryor DiNardo
  • Molly M. Dunnington
  • Douglas E. Eckert
  • C. Thomas Faulders, III
  • Mr. Lee R. Forker, Jr.
  • Julie Weil Futch
  • Caroline H. Gibson
  • Carson H. Gibson
  • Frank R. Gough, III
  • Sarah D. & Jonathan C. Graham
  • Raleigh Anne Gray
  • Scott L. Gwilliam
  • Ashley M. Hinchman
  • Jordan McDaniel Hinkebein
  • Stuart E. Houston
  • Melissa J. Hutson
  • David A. Hyman
  • Martin H. Kanipe, Jr.
  • William L. Kitchel, III
  • Kurt F. Kohlmeyer
  • William A. Lascara
  • Eric F. Leon
  • Albert P. Lindemann, III
  • Brian D. Macfarlane
  • Thomas B. Mangas
  • Ashley Thompson Manning
  • Steven A. Marks
  • William A. Marr, Jr.
  • William C. Martin
  • Jon E. Mattson
  • Adrienne S. McCallister
  • Hugh D. McGuirk
  • J. Nicholas Melton
  • Ashlee A. & John E. Morningstar
  • Jennifer R. Nisi
  • Lars R. & Lynne N. Norell
  • Mary M. Owen
  • Sharon M. Owlett
  • Paul A. Pastor
  • William N. Pike
  • Timothy J. Ranzetta
  • Jill F. Reid
  • Neal R. Rudge
  • James E. Rutrough, Jr.
  • William C. Sanders, Jr.
  • Sarah C. Semegen
  • Susan E. & Ramesh Singh
  • B. Hanson Slaughter
  • John W. Sperling, MD
  • Lawrence D. Sperling
  • Holly M. & Mark T. Stancil
  • Brian E. & Faith S. Stengel
  • James M. Taylor
  • Alexander L. Thorndike
  • Marie G. & James S. Tybur
  • David B. Wells
  • Lily E. West
  • Patricia B. & Keith Woodard
  • Sarah J. & Todd G. Zimmerman