JU's Greatest Needs

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​What is the “JU's Greatest Needs” Fund?

  • The PRIMARY means of support for JU
  • The vehicle to support the tradition of annual giving at JU
  • The means of supporting JU’s Mission through scholarships, technology, student & campus life programs & academic initiatives
  • A way to support every JU student and faculty member

How is the money used?

  • To enhance student life programs and web resources
  • To provide funding for faculty programs and professional development
  • To maintain and improve facilities to ensure that JU is “THE JU” alumni, students, parents & faculty can be proud to call their University
  • To inspire innovation by allowing the flexibility to fund new big innovative projects that we could not have done otherwise
  • To fund very important but unpopular initiatives that restricted gifts do not go towards
  • To fund emergency needs under crisis like hurricane relief or COVID 19 mitigation 
  • To pay rent, keep the lights on, and hire the new staff member we need. It provides annual operational support that we can count on
  • To enhance collaboration and trust between the donor and JU. We promise to be good stewards of your money

Who contributes to “JU's Greatest Needs”?

  • Anyone who values private quality higher education in Jacksonville, FL
  • Alumni, Parents, Friends, Employees, Current Students, Corporations, Foundations and Fans of JU!
  • Anyone wishing to participate in an annual tradition by paying it forward

Why should you give to “JU's Greatest Needs”?

If you have taken a class at JU, earned an undergraduate or graduate degree, received a JU scholarship, enjoyed a play at Swisher Theatre, visited the Phillips Fine Arts Gallery, attended a public lecture on campus or otherwise enjoyed JU's myriad of high-quality educational offerings, you have benefited from the generosity of those who contribute to JU's Greatest Needs.

Similarly, your annual gift to JU's Greatest Needs will help ensure that JU’s exceptional educational opportunities continue.  In giving you will make a real difference in the lives of today's JU students and faculty.

You may ask, "Why do you need my gift with that big endowment?". Because every donor like you made that endowment possible. Every dollar we receive is invested in JU to give our students the best education possible.

Additionally, by giving to JU's Greatest Needs, you help yourself -- if the above reasons aren’t enough!  If JU’s future is enhanced, by default, the value of YOUR degree will be enhanced. So, you’re doing yourself a favor by promoting your institution.​​​