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Help ensure the success of UVA's new Karsh Institute for Democracy, give online today.


The Karsh Institute for Democracy at UVA was established thanks to the generosity of Martha and Bruce Karsh, who together committed $50 million to propel UVA’s efforts to advance the study, teaching, and promotion of democracy. 


The $50 million gift from the Karshes will support the establishment of the Institute and provide funds for construction of a prominent building on the Emmet-Ivy Corridor—a future hub for public forums, research and classes. The building is expected to open by 2026, although the work of the Karsh Institute of Democracy has already begun. 

UVA plans to match the Karsh gift with $50 million in additional philanthropy and University support.

If you are interested in supporting the Karsh Institute with a major gift, please contact:

Mark Luellen
Vice President for Advancement
University of Virginia