The Monticello Society

Pride, Partnership, Pre-eminence

The Monticello Society was established in 2001 and was so named to honor the commitment of Thomas Jefferson to higher education and his belief in the importance of agriculture. Through the Monticello Society, the College shows its gratitude to major benefactors, whose commitment to secure the future of the College and affirm the importance of American agriculture in today's global economy set the standard for all our donors. 

The power of private philanthropy helps shape the future of teaching and research, while making a tremendous impact on the lives of our students.
It is the gifts of these benefactors that provide the College a legacy of generosity and, in partnership with the College, sustain Jefferson's vision of excellence in higher education.

Join Us!

Become a part of this exceptional group of dedicated alumni and friends who desire to have an impact on the ability of our College to achieve ever higher levels of excellence. Contact the Office of Advancement for additional information.


Membership eligibility is established through gifts or pledges to any department or program within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. In the case of husband and wife, membership may be joint.

Donors may also designate their gifts as unrestricted to allow the Dean the ability to support current priorities of the College as needed. Unrestricted funds are a key tool for the Dean to use throughout the College.

Sustaining Members

  • Six levels of sustaining membership are available to donors who meet one or more of the following criteria:
    Contribute or pledge a gift over 10 years at one of the listed amounts (Sustaning Membership Levels).
  • Prior gifts, including company matching gifts, equaling one of the listed amounts.
  • Planned gifts through wills or trusts may qualify for recognition at half the face value of the planned gift.
  • Irrevocable trusts qualify as outright gifts at full value.

Sustaining Membership Levels

Membership Levels

Outright Gifts/Pledges

Estate Gifts







Distinguished Fellow



Very Distinguished Fellow









Annual Members

Annual membership is granted to donors who contribute at least $1,000 to the College during any calendar year. Faculty, staff and retirees are granted membership with gifts totaling at least $500 to the College per calendar year. Memberships are renewable on January 1.


  • Monticello Society members share the pleasure of partnership with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in preparing today's scholars and those of upcoming generations and supporting programs and research that have an impact far into the future.
  • All members receive a Monticello Society lapel pin.
  • Sustaining members are presented with a distinctive Monticello Society keepsake.
  • Sustaining members' names are permanently displayed on our Donor Wall of Honor in the Agriculture Building.
  • An annual Monticello Society event honors society members and inaugurates new members.
  • Sustaining members receive dual membership in the Jefferson Club and Monticello Society.

Giving to CAFNR News

‘The Gift of Curiosity’
Longtime CAFNR professor to be honored for work done both in the classroom and in city government 

An Extension of Themselves
CAFNR alums donate estate gift of $2.65 million to help further beef genomics and nutrition research

Learning Through Doing
ADM and CAFNR partnership 
teaches entrepreneur skills

Endowing the Future
Diana Hallett gives $500,000
to endow the D.L. Hallett Fellowship

Lowell Miller Chair 
$1.1 million gift funds new
Biochemistry faculty chair

The Burgers' Bench
Family dedicates bench
outside the Agriculture Building

Contact Us

Office of Advancement
2-4 Agriculture Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-9003
Fax: 573-884-8174


View archives: