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Uncommon Friends Foundation

A spirit of adventure, a sense of purpose, and a commitment to positive values and unending personal growth are the building blocks of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Inc. These noble personality traits were exhibited by some of the greatest men of the 20th century –
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh – and were elaborated on by author Jim Newton, who dubbed this band of visionaries his “Uncommon Friends.”

The Foundation’s passion and goal is to see that the arresting qualities of these historic and bold men continue to be embraced today and for the generations to come. As Jim Newton proclaimed,”The best is yet to be!” This is the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

Our Mission

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.


Gale McBride Burroughs Home Pavilion Rendering

PAVILION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

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Levels of Giving:

Naming Gift Of $350,000
PAVILION NAMED IN PERPETUITY FOR THE DONOR
Donor recognized in the program of
all Character and Ethics Education Events in the Pavilion

GALE MCBRIDE PAVILION FOR CHARACTER AND ETHICS EDUCATION

$50,000 GIFTS
Donors recognized PERMANENTLY ON THE PILLARS OF THE PAVILLION
as the Pillars and Founders of
Uncommon Friends Foundation Character and Ethics Society
Donors recognized in the program of
all Character and Ethics Education Events in the Pavilion

GATES CONSTRUCTION

$25,000 GIFTS
Donors recognized PERMANENTLY ON A PLAQUE IN THE PAVILLION
as Supporting Founders of
Uncommon Friends Foundation Character and Ethics Society
Donors recognized in the program of
all Character and Ethics Education Events in the Pavilion

$1,000 GIFTS
Donors recognized in the program of
all Character and Ethics Education Events in the Pavilion
As Supporters

$500 GIFTS
Walk of Friendship Commemorative Brick

$300 PER BRICK OR TWO FOR $500


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