About the Parents Fund Committee

In 1980, a group of non-alumni parents recognized the University of Virginia’s need for expanded external support and formed the Parents Program of the University of Virginia Fund. The program now includes alumni and non-alumni parents, and has been renamed the UVA Parents Fund Committee. Our Committee member parents share an interest in maintaining the high quality of academics and extracurricular programs that attract their sons and daughters to the University. This volunteer group receives and coordinates gifts from families who share a commitment to sustaining UVA’s undergraduate experience through fundraising activities, grants, and thoughtful input. Our program helps make the large university that is UVA feel smaller–for parents, and our students.

The Parents Fund Committee has provided support for more than 1,500 student-led groups, programs and organizations, as well as University programs that directly benefit student life through Parents Fund Grants. Some of our grant recipients have included:

  • The Fourth Year Trustees’ Lighting of the Lawn
  • University Programs Council’s Late Night Breakfast Series
  • Virginia Motorsports/Baja Racing
  • Global Student Council
  • Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development
  • The Sustained Dialogue Initiative
  • PRIDE Magazine and the Human Rights Film Festival
  • Community service programs, including Madison House, Alternative Spring Break, and Pancakes for Parkinson’s
  • Sports activities, including Women’s Club Lacrosse, Women’s Club Soccer, Men’s Club Lacrosse, Men’s Ultimate Club Frisbee, and Quidditch at UVA (these teams are non-varsity, and rely on private funding to compete).

Grants have ranged from $125 to $150,000 (over a three-year period, to initiate the First-Year Faculty Advisory Program, now known as COLA classes).

For a full listing of our 2016-17 Parents Fund Grant recipients, click here.

History of Success

For over 30 years, the UVA Parents Fund Committee has served the University and helped to enrich the experience of its students.

Our funding is apportioned annually to a variety of groups that promote student safety and health, career preparation, leadership development, the arts, and multicultural and religious events, and club sports.  These also include faculty-student activities, such as the Engineering Student Council’s Faculty-Student Interaction Initiative.

The Safety Task Force was created in October 2006, to evaluate how parents could directly contribute to a safer community. The task force consisted of University staff, local law enforcement, parents and students who met regularly to discuss safety concerns and proactive ways of promoting safety. Funds from the task force were used:

  • To collaborate with Student Council to create the emergency text message system
  • To provide emergency flat screens in the libraries
  • To provide an emergency flat screen in the Office of Admission
  • To assist in procuring the Global Positioning System for the University bus system
  • To support the Siren/Public Address System across Grounds
  • To develop public service announcements