Dukes helping Dukes

 

A couple of days ago, we received a difficult announcement: For the safety of our students, faculty and staff, most classes will be online for the remainder of September. No doubt JMU leadership wrestled with this decision and made it with a measure of both sadness and determination to get us all through this incredibly tough period.

 

The full impact and financial implications of this change will be significant, the extent of which is still unknown. Here’s what we do know: Each of us has our own unique Madison Experience enriched by personal relationships with students and faculty, staff and community members. That’s what makes JMU special, and it hurts to know that today’s students aren’t getting to experience it.

 

What can we do? We must work to ensure that, once we emerge from this pandemic, a rich Madison Experience is guaranteed for future Dukes.

 

And here’s something else we know: Dukes come through in a crisis. On Sunday, Mike (’76, ’77M) and Kathy (’78) Thomas kicked off Paying It Forward: JMU’s Giving Week with a $125,000 challenge for Dukes to make 2,024 gifts in honor of the Class of 2024. On Tuesday, the news came that campus life would be turned upside down. But here’s the thing: alumni continued to give. That’s extraordinary

 

And then the Thomases decided to make their $125,000 contribution no matter what happens. Mike said, 

 

Private philanthropy has become a real necessity for JMU. Those who've been fortunate need to understand that our good fortune started with the education that we got at James Madison University. Paying it forward is something all of us should try to do.

 

With the Thomases’ leadership, and inspiration from all the alumni who have rallied around JMU this week, Nora (’82) and Stephen (’80) Crouch also decided to award the full amount of their challenge, $50,000 in memory of Robert J. (Bobby) Morrissey (’80), as did the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council, who are contributing $25,000 regardless of our final count.

 

Steadfast alumni support at all levels of giving coupled with a desire to see our students succeed also inspired two new endowed scholarships, one from Joe Russo (’95) family and another from Wes (’87) and Melissa (’90) Strong. 

 

Carrie Combs (’07, ’09M), our director of Alumni Relations, put it this way: 

 

Especially now, when so many families are facing financial insecurity, this generosity is a testament to the beauty of the JMU family.

 

Clearly, giving back is part of who we are. It’s ingrained in us to want to pay it forward for students, whether it’s with our time, our network or our financial gifts. We are all working to secure the Madison Experience: For what it was, for what it is, and for what it can be in the future, we are supporting the university today. 

 

So we invite you to do whatever you can do to encourage our students: offer a kind word or some good advice for staying positive, or make a gift to assure them we are still in their corner and supporting them in their Madison Experience.

 

Thanks for showing up for our fellow Dukes,

 

Gretchen Armentrout

Director, Office of Annual Giving

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Paying It Forward: JMU’s Giving Week is inspired by the spirit in which Mike (’76, ’77M) and Kathy (’78) Thomas established the Dukes Pay It Forward scholarship program in 2016. The $125,000 Mike and Kathy Thomas Dukes Pay It Forward Scholarship Challenge will be unlocked when we hit 2,024 gifts! As Kathy put it when reflecting on her Madison Experience, during years when support from others was crucial to completing her degree, “I can’t pay anyone back, but I can pay it forward."

 

With all of JMU’s funding sources under stress, our students’ need for the support of private donations is greater than ever. Please consider joining with JMU alumni, employees, friends and families who are Paying It Forward by making a gift.

 

If you need assistance with your gift or designation please give us a call at (855) 568-4483 during business hours between 8AM and 5PM Monday through Friday. Outside of business hours you can visit http://bit.ly/ForwardJMU .

JMU Nation
Rank State Donors
1 VA 482
2 MD 33
2 NC 33
Leaderboard
Paying It Forward Leaderboard
Keep an eye on all the action!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Dukes Pay It Forward 248
2 Furious Flower Poetry Center 96
3 Center for Global Engagement 61
4 College of Business 49
5 College of Arts and Letters 42
6 Student Aid 41
7 Madison Vision Fund 41
8 Madison For Keeps 38
9 Valley Scholars 30
10 College of Visual and Performing Arts 28
11 Honors College 20
12 College of Science and Mathematics 19
13 College of Integrated Science and Engineering 17
14 College of Education 17
15 College of Health and Behavioral Studies 12
16 James Madison Center for Civic Engagement 11
17 JMU Libraries 10
18 Professional and Continuing Education 5
19 Parents Fund 4
20 Graduate School 4
Ended
$41,000
$41K Setting the Pace Challenge
Thank you to all our donors and to Barbara Benham, John & Paula Connor, and Ben & Allison Ochs for sponsoring this challenge!
500 / 500 Gifts
Completed
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Friday Daily Challenge
The three funds with the most gifts each day will win additional dollars! 1st Place = $2,000; 2nd Place = $1,000; 3rd Place = $500
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $2,000 Counseling and Student Development Center 4
2 $1,000 Honors College Fund 2
3 $500 James Madison Center for Civic Engagement 2
4 College of Health and Behavioral Studies Fund 1
5 College of Integrated Science and Engineering Fund 1
6 Adult Degree Program / Bachelor of Individualized Studies Fund 1
7 Martha T. Boaz Libraries Faculty Development 0
8 Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 0
Ended
Leaderboard
Monday Daily Challenge
The three funds with the most gifts each day will win additional dollars! 1st Place = $2,000; 2nd Place = $1,000; 3rd Place = $500
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $2,000 Dukes Pay It Forward Annual Scholarship Fund 76
2 $1,000 Furious Flower Poetry Center Fund 32
3 $500 Arts and Letters Opportunity Fund 13
4 Madison For Keeps 11
5 College of Business Scholarships 6
6 Valley Scholars Scholarship Fund 6
7 College of Education Fund 5
8 Visual and Performing Arts Student Scholarship Fund 4
9 Honors College Fund 4
10 Counseling and Student Development Center 4
11 Madison Vision Fund 4
12 College of Science and Mathematics Fund 3
13 James Madison Center for Civic Engagement 3
14 Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 2
15 Center for Global Engagement Scholarship Endowment Endeavor 2
16 College of Integrated Science and Engineering Fund 1
17 College of Health and Behavioral Studies Fund 1
18 Parents Fund 1
19 Martha T. Boaz Libraries Faculty Development 1
20 Adult Degree Program / Bachelor of Individualized Studies Fund 0
Ended
2
Match
$20K Kathy and Eric Warden Matching Challenge
Thank you to all our donors and Kathy and Eric Warden for your generosity!
$20,000 MATCHED
Completed
Leaderboard
Tuesday Daily Challenge
The three funds with the most gifts each day will win additional dollars! 1st Place = $2,000; 2nd Place = $1,000; 3rd Place = $500
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $2,000 Center for Global Engagement Scholarship Endowment Endeavor 53
2 $1,000 Madison Vision Fund 29
3 $500 Valley Scholars Scholarship Fund 16
4 College of Business Scholarships 14
5 Visual and Performing Arts Student Scholarship Fund 12
6 College of Integrated Science and Engineering Fund 11
7 Honors College Fund 10
8 College of Science and Mathematics Fund 8
9 Madison For Keeps 8
10 College of Education Fund 7
11 James Madison Center for Civic Engagement 5
12 Counseling and Student Development Center 5
13 Adult Degree Program / Bachelor of Individualized Studies Fund 4
14 Martha T. Boaz Libraries Faculty Development 4
15 College of Health and Behavioral Studies Fund 3
16 Parents Fund 1
17 Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 1
Ended
2
Match
CCE External Advisory Board Challenge
Thank you to all our donors and the CCE External Advisory Board for sponsoring this challenge!
$1,590 MATCHED
Ended
Leaderboard
Wednesday Daily Challenge
The three funds with the most gifts each day will win additional dollars! 1st Place = $2,000; 2nd Place = $1,000; 3rd Place = $500
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $2,000 Visual and Performing Arts Student Scholarship Fund 4
2 $1,000 Madison For Keeps 4
3 $500 College of Science and Mathematics Fund 2
4 College of Business Scholarships 2
5 College of Integrated Science and Engineering Fund 1
6 Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 1
7 Honors College Fund 1
8 College of Health and Behavioral Studies Fund 1
9 College of Education Fund 0
10 Martha T. Boaz Libraries Faculty Development 0
11 Adult Degree Program / Bachelor of Individualized Studies Fund 0
12 Parents Fund 0
13 James Madison Center for Civic Engagement 0
14 Campus Pantry & Basic Needs Security Programming 0
Ended
2
Match
COE External Advisory Council Challenge
Thank you to all our donors and the COE External Advisory Council for sponsoring this challenge!
$1,110 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
CVPA Executive Advisory Committee Challenge
Thank you to all our donors and the CVPA Executive Advisory Committee for sponsoring this challenge!
$3,921 MATCHED
Ended
Leaderboard
Thursday Daily Challenge
The three funds with the most gifts each day will win additional dollars! 1st Place = $2,000; 2nd Place = $1,000; 3rd Place = $500
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $1,000 College of Business Scholarships 1
2 $500 College of Education Fund 1
3 Honors College Fund 1
4 Parents Fund 1
5 College of Health and Behavioral Studies Fund 0
6 College of Integrated Science and Engineering Fund 0
7 Martha T. Boaz Libraries Faculty Development 0
8 Adult Degree Program / Bachelor of Individualized Studies Fund 0
9 Counseling and Student Development Center 0
10 Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 0
11 James Madison Center for Civic Engagement 0
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