Parent and Family Philanthropy

Philanthropy from our parent and family community helps to support important initiatives offered by the College in support of student success. The generosity shown by UChicago families has helped to the College to build and expand many of the hallmark programs that make this place so special. We invite philanthropically-minded parents to consider making a gift to the College or getting involved with one of our giving groups outlined below.

The Dean's Parent and Family Council

This group of parents and other significant family members are active philanthropists who are able to make an impact through both advocacy and financial support. Members make a major gift during their service as well as a gift of $15,000 a year to the Dean’s Fund for Student Life to support Dean Boyer’s highest priorities and ongoing commitment to making the College experience outstanding for every student. Each member also has a dedicated liaison to further engagement in all areas of the College.

The Chicago Society

Parents and family members who are philanthropically-minded and committed annual donors at $2,500 and above are members of the Chicago Society.

  • Kimbark Circle -- $10,000+  Receive recognition in print, exclusive invitations to University programs and networking events, and all Dorchester Circle benefits.
  • Dorchester Circle -- $5,000+  Receive recognition in print, invitations to conference calls with College and University leadership, special invitations to Chicago Society events and campus priviledges, and all Ellis Circle benefits.
  • Ellis Circle -- $2,500+  Receive recognition in print, a subscription to the Inspirit newsletter, free admission for two to Harper Lectures, and access to the dedicated Chicago Society staff.

Parents Fund and Dean's Fund for Student Life

Gifts of any size are significant and support student aid, study abroad, internships, and pre-professional programs, to name just a few programs. Giving participation by a large percentage of parents is a recognized benchmark of a successful institution and a ways to inspire greater support. You can make a gift online at anytime through our Make a Gift portal.

Parent and Family Honor Roll

Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, gifts of any amount will be honored and recognized in the Parent and Family Honor Roll, unless you desire your gift to remain anonymous.

For more information about giving opportunities for parents and family members, please contact the Parent and Family Philanthropy Staff or visit the Make a Gift page to donate now.

Beth Wittbrodt
Senior Director of Parent and Family Philanthropy
College Development

Andrew Berg
Associate Director for Parent and Family Philanthropy
College Development

Andrew Waldner
Assistant Director for Parent and Family Philanthropy
College Development