Why Giving Matters

Georgetown’s excellence and leadership in higher education depend greatly on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends. From annual gifts that make an immediate impact to endowed gifts that last for generations, contributions to Georgetown serve as a catalyst for positive change.

Every gift truly does matter.


  • Helps Georgetown enroll the most promising students.
    Gifts to the Georgetown Fund support the 1789 Scholarship Imperative, the university’s fundraising campaign for undergraduate scholarships.
  • Ensures the quality of a Georgetown education.
    Philanthropy enhances the caliber of faculty that Georgetown can recruit and retain, strengthens academic programs and improves campus facilities and services.
  • Affects Georgetown’s national ranking.
    Publications such as U.S. News and World Report consider the number of alumni who contribute annually when developing their rankings. Annual gifts sustain Georgetown’s reputation for excellence.
  • Inspires others to give, creating a multiplier effect.
    Alumni giving is a vote of confidence in the university. Additional alumni and other types of donors (such as corporations and foundations) want to know they’re investing in an institution that has the support of its community.