Parent and Family Giving

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the Hilltop! Your son or daughter will now be joining the close-knit, thriving Georgetown community. Parents and families are an integral part of our community too and we look forward to getting to know you over the next four years and beyond.

With four undergraduate schools—Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service—it can feel challenging to know where to turn for answers. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Best wishes to you and your student for the upcoming academic year!

Supporting Georgetown

Through their generous support, Georgetown families help create and expand the culture of excellence that defines our university. Each year, philanthropy from our parent community supports scholarships, academic units, intercollegiate athletics, service initiatives, student affairs and so much more. From 2018 to 2019, Georgetown received $10,396,222.10 in gifts from 1,770 parents, including $4,645,062.47 from non-alumni parents. Your support of Georgetown University directly benefits thousands of Hoyas every day, enabling them to make a difference in their communities and around the world.

Georgetown Fund

The Georgetown Fund supports Georgetown’s mission of academic excellence and service to others as well as the university’s need-blind admissions policy and meet-full-need financial aid commitment, ensuring that the best and the brightest students can attend Georgetown, regardless of their financial need.

The Georgetown Fund is the university’s main giving priority, but parents may also support student affairs, athletics, or Dean’s Leadership Funds for Georgetown’s four undergraduate schools.

Make a gift to the Georgetown Fund >

Major Gifts

The future of Georgetown University depends on the generous support of family and friends as well as alumni. Major gifts allow the university to promote excellence; attract and retain the most deserving students; recruit and support world-class faculty and researchers; and enhance and broaden Georgetown’s research, education, and outreach programs.

Endowed scholarships, gifts to support capital projects, gifts of securities, and memorial gifts to honor loved ones are all ways to support the Georgetown experience.

Learn more about how to give >

  • Parents Leadership Council

    The Parents Leadership Council (PLC) is composed of approximately 50 of Georgetown’s most engaged families, who serve the institution through meaningful philanthropy and volunteerism. Chaired by Rod and Janet Little (Parents’18, ’22), the PLC is an advisory and advocacy group, fostering a sense of community among parents of Georgetown students, and serving as thought partners with university leadership. The PLC meets twice a year on campus, building a strong network with each other and closely connecting with pan-campus partners. PLC families often also further the mission of Georgetown in their respective communities through hosting events, making welcome calls to new families and participating in professional development opportunities for students. Council members champion and move forward Georgetown’s priorities through leadership giving. PLC families begin a strong relationship of giving to Georgetown—while their children are on campus and beyond—to form long-lasting Georgetown legacies to endure for generations.

    For more information, please contact Nicole Addazio, Senior Director of Development for Family Philanthropy, at or 202-687-2083.

  • McDonough School of Business Parents Advisory Council

    The work of the Parents Advisory Council is critical to the school’s ability to realize its aspiration to be recognized as a global leader in undergraduate business education. PAC members provide financial resources to help fund curricular and co-curricular programs that produce transformational educational experiences – both at Georgetown and abroad. For more information about this board, please contact Tilly Carpenter, Senior Director of Development for the McDonough School of Business, at 202-687-1890.

Georgetown in Your Hometown

University events are held across the United States and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend regional Georgetown Club events.

Each summer, Georgetown parents and alumni host student send-off events for our incoming freshmen and transfer students. Last year, we held events in 39 cities across the globe with over 1,200 students and family attendees. These events are an opportunity for students to interact with future classmates and meet local alumni and current parents who readily share their experiences from Georgetown and answer questions.