GW Family Philanthropy

Family philanthropy plays a crucial role in building and shaping an exemplary educational experience for GW students. Families support students through internships and career opportunities and through financial contributions that impact all areas of student life.

An important aspect of family support at GW is the Family Philanthropy Board, a group of volunteer parents who contribute leadership-level gifts and serve as active members of the GW community.

How do I get involved?

The GW Family Philanthropy team is here to help! Call or email, and we’ll help match your interests and availability with the needs of the university and its students.

Contact us at (202) 994-3229 or

Why Families Support GW

  • Risa, Eddie, and Bria Bourgeois and guest.
  • Lauren and Austin Fite, with daughter, Lexi
  • Lisa and Victor Kohn with daughters Lauren and Gabriela.
  • GW Parent Quin Shott

“We've witnessed firsthand the development and growth of our daughter initially as a student-athlete and now as a well-rounded young lady and felt compelled to be a part of the development of future GW students."

Risa and Eddie Bourgeois, Parents

"Internships are so important to Lexi, and I see how critical they are to the educational experience of students at GW. For students who can't afford an unpaid internship, KACIF makes a difference. It made all the sense in the world to support the fund to help students get out there and get internships."

Lauren Fite, Parent

“If some of us who have been fortunate can make it less burdensome for others who have the talent to be at GW, then it’s some of the best investments we can make.”

Lisa and Victor Kohn, Parents

“I think it’s really important for parents to support their children wherever they are, especially if you believe in what they’re interested in, too. You’re telling your child you support their life in college.”

Quin Shott, Parent

Family Philanthropy Supports Students

Yessenia Gonzalez, ESIA '16

Funding for Student Aid

Power & Promise Scholarship funding helps first generation students like Yessenia Gonzalez, ESIA '16, succeed and thrive without the added pressure of an increased financial burden. "When you’re the first of your family to go to college, there’s a lot of pressure to succeed, to make your family proud, and to set an example for your cousins, nieces, and nephews."   -Yessenia Gonzalez '16

Support scholarships for GW students
Freshman Day of Service

Center For Student Engagement (CSE)

From over 450 registered student orgs, Greek Life, leadership programs and events, CSE provides an umbrella of support designed to help students build a strong community outside the classroom.

Support the Center for Student Engagement
2013 Career Fair

Career Services

The university created the Career Services Enhancement Initiative in 2012 as an effort to strengthen the overall career culture at GW for students, alumni and employers. The initiative empowers students and alumni to translate their academic and co-curricular experiences at the university into a lifetime of productive and engaged citizenship. Support in career services can help students gain internship opportunities with potential employers, turning their education into valuable workplace experience.

Support Career Services

Family Philanthropy Delivers Knowledge

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GW Libraries Support Student Learning

Library technology and resources equip students with the valuable tools and techniques they will need for success throughout their lives by creating the best possible environment for learning and research. 

Further researching and learning at GW
Researchers for the Chemistry department.

Promoting Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research assists students in attaining research positions in all disciplines across the University.  These positions deepen the educational experience, offer faculty mentorship and develop future employment experience.  Even small gifts can help a student researcher expand their knowledge in their chosen field.

Support Undergraduate Research
Guillermo Martinez was selected for a unpaid internship at D.C. Superior Court, and KACIF helped defray the costs.

‘Knowledge in Action’ Grants Lower the Cost of Unpaid Internships

Dream internship opportunities are part of the "Only at GW" experience, but the cost of taking on a full-time, unpaid internship is often too much. More than 265 GW students, like Guillermo Martinez, have benefited from the Knowledge in Action Fund, to help defray housing and cost of living expenses while learning on the job. 

Support the KACIF Fund for Internships