University School of Jackson


During your time at USJ, you will have many opportunities to support the school and the surrounding community. While each opportunity for support serves different needs, they all enhance your student’s experience. Your time and talents are great assets to the USJ family – thank you! There are many channels to direct a monetary gift as well.



The Fund for Excellence supplements the annual budget and covers expenses that tuition doesn’t. In reality, tuition dollars cover 91% of the cost required to educate our students. A gift of any size to the FFE is critical in funding multiple areas of instruction and can be designated to the area of most interest, i.e. libraries, the arts, athletics, the Jones Academic Center and more. The FFE is an ongoing part of every school year.



A Capital Campaign funds building and renovation projects that enhance the campus, learning and extracurricular activities, as well as programmatic additions in support of the school’s strategic priorities, that are not covered by tuition. We are currently in the middle of the Imagine More Campaign. Campaigns of this nature are not ongoing and typically last from 3-5 years.


ENDOWMENT FUNDS – Periodically

Invested funds in an Endowment provide a steady, predictable flow of income to support USJ over time. Named endowment funds, like the Donald Newman Endowed Chair of Mathematics, provide support for specific elements of the USJ experience. The principal dollars invested in any endowment provide long term stability and growth, while the institution can utilize a set percentage of interest accrued on an annual basis.


PLANNED GIVING – As a donor feels moved

Planned gifts made through bequests, life insurance policies, and charitable trusts provide for the ongoing sustainability of USJ. Naming USJ as the beneficiary to any planned gift provides financial security and opportunities to plan for future endeavors. 


SUPPORT GROUPS – Throughout the year

USJ offers families the options of supporting three unique support groups:

  1. Arts Guild – designed to enhance experiences on the stage, the studio, in the choir/chorus and band.
  2. Bruins Club – the Bruins Club provides different avenues to support the multiple sports that take place on our campus. From Super Booster Passes to concession stand proceeds and Annual Bruins Booster Golf Classic, our athletes and coaches are provided with the tools they need to succeed.
  3. Parents Club – Since our school’s founding, the USJ Holiday Mart, presented by the Parents Club, has been an annual holiday tradition in Jackson. The Parents Club supports our teachers, faculty, and staff throughout the school year, ensuring they have the best resources at their fingertips.

For More Information

Russ Ellis
Chief Development Officer

[email protected]



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