The Parents Fund

Your Support Matters

The Parents Fund is an important component of the W&L Annual Fund. Current and former non-alumni parents contribute nearly 16% of the Annual Fund total each year through their gifts to the Parents Fund. Since 2010, parent giving at W&L has almost doubled. Current and former non-alumni parents contributed a remarkable $1.67 million to the school last year, and our goal this year is $1.75 million.

Supporters of the Parents Fund help provide an undergraduate experience that continues to set the standard for liberal arts education. When parents and families make gifts to the Parents Fund, the money is used this fiscal year for the university's most pressing priorities: providing small classes, outstanding professors and access to the best academic resources including career development, international experiences, service learning opportunities and much more.

By the Numbers

Frequently Asked Questions

Most private schools have three main sources of funding: tuition, income from the endowment, and annual gifts. Tuition simply does not cover the cost of running a private university. Without the generous support of current and past parents — along with alumni and friends — tuition would be much higher to maintain the full and distinctive W&L experience.

Annual gifts to the Parents Fund are not invested — they are used right now to sustain current year operations and activities that directly impact every student. Annual gifts are the lifeblood of the institution. The Parents Fund contributes almost 16% of the Annual Fund.

The decision as to the size of your gift is a personal one — the important part is that parents participate in the Parents Fund, no matter the amount. Parents give from $10 to $100,000, and participation at every level is needed and appreciated! When you make a gift to the Parents Fund, it will be joined with the gifts of other parents, and those gifts add up to a remarkable total! In 2018-19, current and past W&L parents donated nearly $1.7 million to the Parents Fund. This is a significant endorsement from W&L parents who believe in the mission and direction of the university and support it with their own giving above tuition.

W&L recognizes leadership parent giving through the following groups:

  • PLC Circle: Members of the PLC Circle are parents who make an annual gift of $25,000 or more to the Parents Fund (or the Annual Fund for alumni parents).
  • Steering Committee: Members of the Steering Committee are parents who make an annual gift of $10,000 or more to the Parents Fund (or the Annual Fund for alumni parents). 
  • The Parents Leadership Council: The Parents Leadership Council (PLC) includes parents who make an annual gift of $5,000 or more to the Parents Fund. 
  • The President's Society: Parents (non-alumni and alumni) who give $2,500 or more are recognized as members of The President's Society (TPS). 

Contact Us

The Parents Fund
Office of University Development
Washington and Lee University
Development Building
Lexington, VA 24450