Our History

For nearly four decades, MCUF has supported the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines of all ranks.

The Marine Corps University Foundation, originally the Command and Staff College Foundation, was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on June 25, 1980, as a nonprofit organization supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Marines in accordance with the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Command and Staff College Foundation was established with a generous $100,000 grant from the Astor Foundation, made possible by the late Mrs. Vincent Astor, daughter of Major General John H. Russell, 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps and her son, Ambassador Anthony D. Marshall. Ambassador Marshall became the Foundation’s first and founding Chairman. The late General Leonard F. Chapman Jr., 24th Commandant of the Marine Corps became the Foundation’s founding President.

Initially, the Foundation’s role was to enhance and enrich the professional education and leadership development of Marines at the Command and Staff College.

Since 1980, The Marine Corps University Foundation has supported the Professional Military Education and Leadership Development of Marines thanks to our generous supporters.

Historic Breckinridge Hall, home of the Marine Corps University, formally Marine Corps Schools, Quantico and most recently the Command and Staff College, is the iconic seat of the Marine Corps’ Professional Military Education.

In 1991, the Foundation initiated a capital campaign to equip the General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center (GRC) with state-of-the-art library technology and electronic capability to support Marines around the world. The campaign was a resounding success and concluded in 1995 with more than $6 million pledged. Upgrading the library with state-of-the-art technology established the GRC as a unique resource in both academic and military circles.

On November 10, 1996, in order to better reflect the creation of Marine Corps University, comprised of all Professional Military Education Programs in the Marine Corps Education Command, the Foundation’s name was changed to the present day Marine Corps University Foundation.

Today, the Foundation’s program focus begins with the Marine Corps University at Quantico and extends to support professional military education for the Operating Forces throughout the Marine Corps.  The Marine Corps University Foundation provides financial support for battle studies, staff rides, visiting scholars and the establishment of professional libraries around the world.

Generous supporters have given tax deductible donations to support the Marine Corps University Foundation’s nonprofit mission to enhance Professional Military Education and Leadership Development of Marines since 1980.

As the Marine Corps University continues to grow to support the Commandant’s focus on Professional Military Education for our Corps, the Marine Corps University Foundation adapts to support the University’s increased requirements. Historic Breckenridge Hall (bottom right) faces the expanding Marine Corps University campus. The General Alfred M. Gray Research Center, Senator John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies and the Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons Center for Marine Corps History are a part of the campus shown here.

Most recently, the Marine Corps University Foundation assisted in the founding of the Brute Krulak Center at the Marine Corps University.  The Center for Applied Creativity supports scholarly research and curriculum development cultivating creativity in the profession of arms.  Additionally, the Foundation made the establishment of academic chairs currently held by world-renowned scholars at the Marine Corps University possible.

 

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on tax deductible gifts, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. The University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!