Why Give?

Supporting the Margin of Excellence

While the government funds the U.S. Naval Academy's core operations, it is those who are inspired by the Academy's mission who fund its greatness. Your generous private philanthropy makes it possible for the Academy to provide a margin of excellence, the strategic programming, and support that allows the Naval Academy to develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically at the highest levels.

The first comprehensive campaign in support of the Naval Academy ended almost two decades ago and raised more than $254 million to create critical faculty positions, expand admissions outreach, establish innovative centers for ethical leadership and academic development, unlock hundreds of international study opportunities, and make possible the construction, renovation, and expansion of athletic facilities.

In July 2012, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation quietly began its second comprehensive campaign. Launched publicly in November 2018 as Called to Serve, Daring to Lead: The Naval Academy Campaign, it was designed to support and help realize the objectives established in Naval Academy Strategic Plan 2020 and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Strategic Plan 2020. Thanks to critical early support from a small group of key donors as well as tremendous participation and involvement from alumni, families, and friends throughout the campaign, it far surpassed its initial $400 million goal and ultimately raised nearly $540 million, providing critical resources for personnel, programs, and facilities that will shape the Naval Academy and the Alumni Association and Foundation for many years to come.

Our needs, and those of the Naval Academy, continually evolve to meet the demands of our midshipmen as future leaders. We continue to collaborate with our partners to accomplish even greater goals – together. Thank you.