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McCourt School of Public Policy

The complex challenges of today’s world call for coordinated action. The McCourt School is uniquely positioned to respond—fortified by our ethical grounding, our commitment to the common good, the strength of our faculty and students, and our Washington, D.C. location.

We face an urgent mandate: to realize our shared potential to create social, economic, and policy impact, and to open our doors to train the next generation of problem solvers.

We will answer this call with energy and resources—investments in student access and excellence, faculty expertise, a new home for our school, and innovative centers and institutes that maximize collaboration and impact.

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Investing in an inclusive vision for the future

Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy has received a $100 million investment from Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75), an important step toward increasing access for students seeking a policy education.

A vision for achieving transformational impact

Read an overview of the McCourt School’s strategic priorities as it works to address the most pressing global challenges today and empower the changemakers of tomorrow.

View the full McCourt School prospectus: https://giving.georgetown.edu/what-to-support/schools-programs/mccourt-school-of-public-policy/#
  • Student Access & Excellence

    We will give the world rigorously trained, ethically grounded leaders.

    The world urgently needs skilled civil servants—leaders with diverse perspectives who can work across differences. Our students graduate with great capacity to work for the common good. But, too often, they face tension between the demands of repaying loans and their desire to work in less lucrative careers in public service.

    Scholarships and assistantships

    Gifts to scholarships and graduate assistantships enable us to compete for the best talent and build the nation’s most inclusive elite school of public policy. Eliminating the tuition burden for McCourt students empowers our graduates to immediately pursue their calling as civil servants and public service leaders.

    Experiential learning and curricular innovation

    Many McCourt School students are unwilling to wait until they graduate to contribute to meaningful change in the world. We give these “impatient changemakers” the skills and practical experience needed to solve problems through collective action, across sectors and platforms.

    Gifts to support curricular innovation, institutional partnerships, and hands-on training in real policy settings enable us to expand crucial elements of McCourt’s educational excellence.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mccourtgiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Faculty & Research

    We will expand our expertise to address urgent opportunities.

    The McCourt School is home to a vibrant community of policy scholars and practitioners. These faculty experts are first-rate teachers, cutting-edge researchers, and leading voices on today’s most critical topics.

    We’re poised to engage even more deeply with complex, global public policy challenges—and we need a faculty large enough to fulfill that ambition. Endowing more faculty appointments and increasing the resources available for faculty innovation will enable us to build an even deeper bench of scholars who embody McCourt’s commitment to excellence, innovation, inclusivity, and impact.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mccourtgiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Capitol Campus

    We will build our new home at the nexus of the policy world.

    Unifying the McCourt School in one building just blocks from the U.S. Capitol will create a dynamic front door to Georgetown for the policy community. It will bring together the McCourt School’s research and teaching arms for the first time, connecting our students, faculty, centers, and institutes in one flagship center for learning and collaboration.

    Our location on Georgetown’s Capitol Campus will allow us to significantly expand the McCourt School’s faculty and research centers. It will create capacity to establish executive-in-residence programs for distinguished civil servants and other visiting scholars, and to develop an undergraduate program that serves a new group of impatient changemakers.

    New tech-equipped, accessible, and flexible spaces will enable us to be more effective in every aspect of our mission. These spaces will support educational innovation, unlock partnership opportunities, enhance our visibility, and offer a major stage on which to convene our university’s many collaborators.

    By investing in this home, we will pave the way for substantial growth and reinforce Georgetown’s enduring presence at the epicenter of global policy making.

    Architectural rendering of proposed McCourt School capitol campus

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mccourtgiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Impact

    We will be a problem-solving engine, moving bold ideas to action.

    Every day, we translate the McCourt School’s many assets into positive change. But, with the right infrastructure, we can achieve even greater results. Investments to expand and permanently endow key sources of bold ideas and action—like the McCourt School’s 17 affiliated research centers and institutes—will accelerate our progress.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mccourtgiving@georgetown.edu.

“The McCourt School enables us to have the impact that Georgetown is distinctly positioned to make in this new century. In this moment, we’re called to bring together the potential that’s spread across our University, in a way that enables us to lead in addressing the most difficult challenges facing our world today.”

—Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia

Thank you for your support

Gifts to the McCourt School have been essential to the success of its foundational years. Now we must meet the enormous opportunity ahead with the energy and resources needed to deepen our capacity for transformational impact.

To learn more about the McCourt School’s priorities and the difference your gift could make, please contact Meredith Hanley at 202-262-0614 or mccourtgiving@georgetown.edu.