Membership & Donations

To join as a Member of The Jefferson Council, please donate below.


Everyone donating $250 or more will receive a complimentary gift of an awesome Jefferson Council cap in UVa colors — your choice of blue or orange! Please note that your hat order will be processed and fulfilled after the end of the month.


We will accept checks when digital payment is not practical. Please include your email address and phone number for our records with your check and mail them to:

The Jefferson Council
c/o Wilgis, Darrell & Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 401
Riderwood, Maryland 21139

We urge you to donate and join our organization, but we understand if it’s not possible for you at this time. If you are a current UVa student, we encourage you to stay updated with our organization by becoming a Friend of The Jefferson Council.


1819 Society: Annual gift of $500+

Colonnade Society: Annual gift of $1,000+

Lawn Society: Annual gift of $5,000+

Rotunda Society: $10,000+

Thomas Jefferson Society: Annual gift of $25,000+


Why We Need Your Support

The Jefferson Council is mobilizing support to protect Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and fight for intellectual diversity at the University of Virginia.

We are a not-for-profit corporation domiciled in Virginia. The Internal Revenue Service has approved our 501(C)(3) status, therefore your contributions will be tax deductible. (See attached documents: Disclosure statement, Employer ID #, The Jefferson Council articles of amendment. name change, and IRS name change approval letter.)

A financial statement is available upon written request from the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA, 23218.

Numbers matter. We need to bolster our membership — both dues paying and non-dues paying — to show the Administration and the Board of Visitors that there are thousands of disgruntled alumni/ae, parents, and friends of the University demanding change. Membership links are below.

Donations are used to support student organizations and to fund preeminent speakers in support of the four core principles that The Jefferson Council espouses:

  1. Promote free speech, civil dialogue and intellectual diversity throughout the University.
  2. Preserve the Jefferson Legacy.
  3. Preserve the appearance of the Lawn as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and
  4. Support and reinvigorate the Honor System.

Many companies offer to match their employees’ charitable contributions, which means your gift to The Jefferson Council could go twice as far. Contact your employer to see if your company participates.