James W. McLamore is synonymous with philanthropy and service. As the founder of Burger King, Coral Gables resident, and committed member of the University family, McLamore helped to transform the University of Miami. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Miami for ten years, the longest term ever served. While on the board, he raised $500 million during the first capital campaign.

As the founder of Burger King, McLamore believed in gaining his community’s trust by giving back. A servant leader, his philosophy was to invest in young people at the University who would go on to create an improved community and world. Generous donors to the University honor the legacy of James W. McLamore by making annual cumulative leadership-level contributions of $1,000 or more impacting every area of the University of Miami and the University of Miami Health System - UHealth.

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McLamore Society Impact

McLamore Society members support the mission of the University of Miami to transform lives through education, research, innovation, and service.

Membership Perks

For more information about the James W. McLamore Society, please contact the Office of Philanthropic Giving at 1-866-862-5867 or at philanthropicgiving@miami.edu, or UHealthGiving@med.miami.edu for donations to the University of Miami Health System, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, or Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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