The Gingrich Foundation is pleased to recognize the Thomas Jefferson Foundation as its July Charity of the Month.
The legacy of Thomas Jefferson survives today in our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s personal legacy, however, endures at his home, Monticello, maintained faithfully by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
Founded 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 Virginia 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 over 500,000 visitors each year).
For those who can’t make the journey to Charlottesville, the Foundation also provides online resources which allow them to better understand Jefferson and his various interests. From the arts to political philosophy, Jefferson enjoyed many disciplines, and the Foundation seeks to make his vast knowledge available to the public.
For more than 90 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 repurchased many of its original furnishings, including some of Jefferson’s own inventions. In 1987, Monticello became a World Heritage Site and today, the property spans nearly 2,500 acres, including the 2004 purchase of Montalto, the neighboring mountain.
Please join us in supporting the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Your generosity will help visitors to Monticello discover the incredible life of Thomas Jefferson.