About us

James Cook University is a leading tertiary institution located in Australia and the Asia Pacific. It is ranked among the best universities in the world and aims to create a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide, though graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

James Cook University's America Foundation allows residents of the United States of America to make US tax deductible donations to the University. The Foundation is an IRS registered 501c3 organization.


Emeritus Professor Peter Leggat Memorial Fund

Honouring our dear friend and colleague.

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JCU Student Hardship Fund

Help students during extraordinary times of need.

JCU On-Campus Accommodation Fund.

JCU On-Campus Accommodation Fund

Support students living away from home

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JCU Indigenous Student Support

Make change for individuals & their community.

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JCU Graduate Research

Enable innovation and discovery.

JCU Physioshark Research Program.

JCU Physioshark Research Program

Researching baby sharks in a changing world.

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JCU Turtle Health Research

Help protect endangered sea turtles.

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Orpheus Island Research Station

Support life-changing hands-on experiences.

The Science Place.

Support Another Area at JCU

Give to a cause you're passionate about.

Contact Us

Please get in touch with us if you have any inquiries relating to the James Cook University in America Foundation or donating to James Cook University.

Board of Directors

The JCU in America Foundation is governed by a board of directors. They are:

  • Mr Laurence Tardiani, Chair
  • Mr Bryan Lip, Director
  • Mr Collin Snow, Director
  • Mr Ryan Szatkowski, Director
  • Ms Toni Lawrence, Secretary (Advancement Director, James Cook University)
  • Ms Barbara Wright, Treasurer (Manager Finance, James Cook University)