About the Parents Fund
The UVA Parents Fund enhances the student experience through annual gifts from parents of current and former students. Directed by the UVA Parents Committee, the Parents Fund supports student clubs and cultural events, academic enhancement programs and career services, health and wellness initiatives, and class dinners and traditions that enrich student life across Grounds.
Gifts to the Parents Fund support three main areas, all directly connected to undergraduate life:
- Parents Fund Grants and Special Initiatives (50%)
Any University student, organization, or department that provides services, programs, or projects to UVA undergraduate students may apply for Parents Fund Grants and support for special initiatives.
- President’s Office (25%)
The President’s Office allocated its Parents Fund resources to the Alumni and Parent Engagement Office to support programming that enriches the student experience through parent engagement.
- Student Affairs Office (25%)
The Parents Fund provides essential support to this office, which shares a mission similar to that of the Parents Fund.
Strategic Partnership - Student Affairs
Parents’ financial gifts help ensure that the Office of Student Affairs is capable of continuing its work to support the University’s primary purpose of enriching the minds and lives of its students. Student Affairs relies on Parent Fund dollars to support some established programs that promote their mission as well as student issues and student initiatives that may arise on a moment’s notice. Some of these include:
- Funding public service internships—16 each summer
- Providing resources that address student emergencies
- Sustaining or enhancing programs, such as sexual misconduct board training
- Outreach and communications with parents and students, including production of the annual Handbook for Parents
“We are grateful for the generosity of parents. Their gifts are critical to us for creating a substantive, unmatched student experience that is built on such values as honor, self-governance, service, diversity, and health and wellness.” —Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer.