Charity of the Month: Thomas Jefferson Foundation
The Gingrich Foundation
July 2, 2018
The Gingrich Foundation is pleased to recognize the Thomas Jefferson Foundation as its July Charity of the Month.
The legacy of Thomas Jefferson’s work survives today in our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s personal legacy, however, resides at Monticello, his home in Virginia which is faithfully maintained by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
Established in 1923, the Foundation manages and operates this World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark without any federal or state funding. Instead, it relies on the generosity of private donors to help preserve Jefferson’s estate.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is committed to educating the public and to fostering discussion about the ideas to which Jefferson devoted his life. Visitors to Monticello have the opportunity to learn about these ideas at his home and education center (which has more than 500,000 visitors each year).
For those who can’t make the journey to Charlottesville, the Foundation also provides online resources to help people better understand Jefferson and his various interests. Jefferson enjoyed many disciplines, from the arts to political philosophy, and the Foundation seeks to make his lifetime of scholarship available to the public.
For 95 years, the Foundation has worked to acquire and restore Jefferson’s property. In addition to the architectural restoration of Monticello and its gardens, the Foundation has procured many of its original furnishings, including some of Jefferson’s own inventions. In 1987, Monticello became a World Heritage Site. Today, the property spans nearly 2,500 acres, including Montalto, the neighboring mountain which was purchased in 2004.
Please join us in supporting the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Your generosity will help visitors to Monticello discover the incredible life of Thomas Jefferson for generations to come.