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Support Us

The Jefferson Center relies on the generosity of departments to provide many of the faculty who teach our courses and on the generosity of donors to support other instructors for our small courses, discussion sections for lecture courses, postdoctoral fellows, scholarships, lectures, and other student events for the Jefferson Scholars program. We welcome gifts both to cover current year expenses and to build an endowment. Endowment funds may be designated for any purpose but are especially needed for the Jefferson Scholars Program and for a postdoctoral teaching fellowship.

Targeted Donations

The Jefferson Center welcomes targeted donations. Here are some examples of what your donations can achieve:

$100 provides a book prize for one Jefferson Scholar.

$2000 provides a discussion section for a large great books lecture course that would otherwise have only a grader.

$2500 provides a course development grant to revise an existing great books course to focus on ethics and leadership.

$2500 funds one Jefferson Scholar for the entire six-course program, allowing the student to study the great books mainly in small seminar courses.

$11,000 pays a lecturer to teach a great books course.

$50,000 supports a post-doctoral fellow for a year to teach two courses and revise a dissertation on the great books for publication.

$1,300,000 endows a post-doctoral fellowship.

Contact Information

If you would like to make a donation to support our program, we encourage you to talk with co-director, Thomas Pangle, who may be reached at
To make a pledge, or to find out about available tax incentives for both planned giving and outright gifts, please contact:

Stacy Clark, Chief Development Officer
College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas at Austin 
University Development Office
P.O. Box 7458
Austin, TX 78713

You may also e-mail Stacy Clark at or call (512) 232-5606 to receive more information.

Or you may make a gift online by using this form.