The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Supporting the Jefferson Center

The Jefferson Center relies on the generosity of departments to provide faculty to teach our courses and on the generosity of donors to support our postdoctoral fellows program, lecture series, book club, discussion sections for lecture courses, and the Jefferson Scholars program. Most of our staffing and other operating expenses are covered by donations as well. 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 postdoctoral teaching fellowships.

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.

$1500 provides a discussion section for a large great books lecture course that would otherwise have only a grader.

$2000 provides a course development grant to revise an existing great books course to focus on ethics and leadership.

$2000 funds one Jefferson Scholar for the entire six-course program, allowing the student to study the great books mainly in small seminar courses.

$10,000 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:

Justin Michalka, Executive Director of Development
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 Justin Michalka at or call (512) 471-8861 to receive more information.

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