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 $1.66 million to the school last fiscal year.

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 goes to work right away, supporting every student, faculty member and program at W&L. Thanks to our donors, the Parents Fund and Annual Fund ensure that the university's most pressing priorities are met: providing small classes, outstanding professors and access to the best academic resources including career development, international experiences, service learning opportunities and much more.

*A note for June: To ensure you receive credit for giving in the 2023-2024 fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) please make sure your check is postmarked on or before Saturday, June 29.  Online gifts must be made by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 30.

Please mail checks to: University Development Office, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450. 

To make your gift online, please go to:

Mobile wallet options such as Venmo, Paypal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay are payment options on the mobile versions of our online donation forms. 

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to call 540-458-8420 or email

Parent Giving Makes an Immediate Impact

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Relevant Information and Upcoming Events

By the Numbers

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Image of the lawn in front of the Colonnade


Amount of operating budget provided through philanthropy.

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Benefit per student

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Image of W&L flag hanging in front of Washington Hall


Endowment needed to generate the equivalent of a $1,000 Parents Fund gift.

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 16% of the Annual Fund.

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 2022-23, current and past W&L parents donated more than $1.66 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:

  • The Parents Leadership Circle: Members of the Parents Leadership Circle make an annual gift of $25,000 or more to the Parents Fund (or the Annual Fund for alumni parents).
  • PLC Steering Committee: Members of the Steering Committee 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).

The Parents Fund

Office of University Development

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

Our Staff

Your support deserves our attention. The Parents Fund staff aim to keep you informed and engaged in the life of the university.

Tara Hackenberg
Tara Hackenberg

Tara Hackenberg

Director of Parent Giving


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