Parents Campaign

Meagan Riordan, CCAS ’14; Johnny Riordan, SEAS ’15; Dean David Dolling (SEAS); Dan Riordan, P’14, ’15; Paula Riordan, P’14, ’15

The Parents Campaign is a university-wide initiative that offers parents the opportunity to play a role in building and shaping an exemplary educational experience for GW students.  Parents can contribute in a number of ways including offering internship or career opportunities as well as contributing essential financial support.

An important aspect of this initiative is the Parents Campaign 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 Parents Campaign 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

Philanthropic Priorities

These priorities stem from initiatives and projects that the university would like to implement or expand, taking into account the resources necessary to accomplish these goals. Many of these priorities come out of GW’s strategic plan.

Career Services

Given GW’s urban location and proximity to centers of government, the university places a strong emphasis on learning outside the classroom. To support the existing career services, GW has established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund that provides GW students with critical financial support, allowing them to pursue internships that are necessarily unpaid.

Power and Promise (Scholarship)

With the cost of higher education rising and the demand for financial aid increasing, GW is committed to providing financial aid to ensure that qualified students, regardless of their financial resources, can take full advantage of a GW education.


Athletics play an important role in the GW student experience. It fosters student and athletic leadership through the GW Leadership Academy; creates champions in the community and the classroom; and ultimately develops a sense of Colonials pride – one that students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

University Libraries

Gelman Library recently underwent a $16 million renovation to modernize its facility and create a better environment for individual study and group collaboration.  The library now boasts a new entranceway from Kogan Plaza and has a high-tech cooperative learning space. With five technology-enabled group study rooms, scanners, PC desktops and iMacs, USB charging locations, and a new Data Visualization Room, the first floor creates a new academic experience for GW students, faculty, and friends.

Deans’ Funds

Most undergraduate students attend one of four schools: the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Elliott School of International Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of Business. Donations to a Dean’s Fund supports a number of critical needs at each school, including student aid, operating costs, facility upgrades, and programming.



GW Students Talk about the Impact of Your Gifts

Sara Pool

More than 70% of GW students receive financial aid.

Hear student speaker Sara Pool, CCAS '16 talk about how a scholarship changed her life.

Read more about Power & Promise
Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund

There are more than 12,000 internship opportunities at GW.

Funding for unpaid internships helps students get a head start on their careers.

Read more about internship fellowships
Flay Day 2016

GW Flag Day celebrates the impact of philanthropy.

GW Flag Day gave students the chance to thank donors for their contributions to #onlyatGW moments

Ways for students to stay involved