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'The Campaign for Jamestown Settlement' Surpasses $24.2 Million Goal

May 16, 2008 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 15, 2008 – “The Campaign for Jamestown Settlement, 1607-2007,” which culminates on June 30, has surpassed its $24.2 million goal with $24.5 million in gifts and grants to date.

The campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the history of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.  Proceeds have supported new permanent facilities, exhibits and programs at Jamestown Settlement implemented in time for last year’s 400th-annniversary commemoration of Jamestown’s founding, funded a broad range of educational programming initiatives, and contributed to a lasting legacy for future years.

The campaign, publicly announced in 2005, paralleled the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s now-realized comprehensive facilities master plan for the transformation of Jamestown Settlement, exhibit enhancements at the Yorktown Victory Center and a centrally located complex to house functions supporting both museums.  The campaign provided significant financial support for the master plan, which was underwritten principally by the Commonweath of Virginia.

A total of 6,900 individuals and institutions have contributed to “The Campaign for Jamestown Settlement.”  Leadership gifts of $500,000 and above were provided by the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation of Williamsburg; Dominion and the Dominion Foundation headquartered in Richmond; Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., of Newport News; the Honorable and Mrs. Elmon T. Gray of Waverly in memory of George Lummis Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Hatcher, Jr. of Richmond; James City County; Jamestown 2007, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Archer McMurran III of Newport News; the Robins Foundation of Richmond; and the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program through the Virginia Department of Transportation.

“We can all share an enormous sense of pride in the world-class facilities and programs that were created for our guests today and in the years to come,” said A. Marshall Acuff, Jr., president of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., which coordinates private fund development in support of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation programs.  “The commitment of our donors to preserving and communicating the story of our country’s earliest days is an inspiration.”

Gifts to the campaign financed the acquisition of artifacts for exhibit in Jamestown Settlement’s new permanent exhibition galleries, technology components of gallery exhibits and the production of the museum’s introductory film “1607: A Nation Takes Root.”  Revitalization of Jamestown Settlement’s outdoor living-history settings – including a new riverfront discovery area, new structures in the re-created Powhatan Indian village and colonial fort, new replicas of the Godspeed and Discovery, and a ships’ pier shelter – was substantially funded with campaign gifts.

Campaign gifts and Jamestown 2007 sponsors supported “The World of 1607” quadricentennial exhibition at Jamestown Settlement from April 2007 to April 2008 and are laying the foundation for future special exhibitions.  Campaign funds supported special events held at Jamestown Settlement during the commemorative year, including the 2007 Heritage Lecture Series featuring nationally renowned speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss and other noted historians.

Private support was responsible for “Quadricentennial Minutes” and the 30-minute television documentary “Jamestown: Founding of America” that aired on public broadcasting stations, an electronic classroom, and Web-based educational materials.  Private support also bolstered the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s outreach education program, enabling Foundation educators to reach students in all 132 Virginia school districts and in Maryland and Pennsylvania during the 400th-anniversary commemoration.  Campaign gifts funded a 2007 scholarship program for disadvantaged school districts in Virginia and a teacher institute scheduled in July 2008.

Two vital components of the campaign were the Annual Fund, which provides support for a variety of museum programs, and the endowment, which grew by $2.4 million and will provide long-term support for Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation educational programs.

Gifts made through June 30 will be credited to “The Campaign for Jamestown Settlement, 1607-2007.”  For more information about supporting programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, call (757) 253-4139 or visit hif.ciniva.net/supportus.