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Providing Financial Support for the University

Many parents support the University through gifts to the Parents Fund and become involved by joining the Parents Fund Committee. Parents also direct their philanthropy to the University’s institutional priorities.

UVA Parents Fund and Parents Fund Committee

Gifts to the Parents Fund enhance the University of Virginia undergraduate student experience. In 2018-19, over 2,000 families generously supported this mission.

The fund is administered by the Parents Fund Committee, a group of dedicated alumni and nonalumni parents who share an interest in maintaining the unmatched UVA student experience. 

Bringing an immediate, tangible impact, funds raised each fiscal year are allocated the next academic year in support of student life and organizations, safety and health, University traditions, diversity, and parent resources like this handbook.

Formed in 1980, the committee provides grants to student groups and fundraises for special initiatives. 

The University president and the vice president and chief student affairs officer each receive a portion of the Parents Fund monies to be used at their discretion for student programming and important needs. Fifty percent of the fund is allocated by the Parents Fund Committee for grants and special initiatives.

Since its inception, the Parents Fund Committee has awarded more than $8 million to more than 1,650 student groups, organizations, and programs at UVA. 

Parents Fund Committee Grants and Special Initiatives have a broad purpose and help foster a unique and welcoming community for all students. The grants:

  • encourage student leadership, creativity, and enterprise;
  • support the academic core and increase student-faculty interaction;
  • promote student health and safety; 
  • prepare students for internships and career development; and
  • maintain rich traditions.

The Parents Fund Committee awarded more than $1.2 million to over 130 student organizations, academic departments, and initiatives on Grounds in 2018-19. Select allocations include:

  • Madison House
  • Office of African-American Affairs
  • Lighting of the Lawn
  • UVA School of Nursing
  • Fralin Museum of Art
  • Men’s Club Soccer
  • Women’s Club Ice Hockey
  • Solar Car Team @ UVA
  • Virginia Sil’hooettes
  • UVA Student Council
  • Greens to Grounds
  • Theological Horizons
  • Women’s Business Forum
  • Athletes for Equality
  • Student Veterans of America

A complete list of grants can be found at

Institutional Priorities

The University of Virginia is dedicated to preparing student-leaders who are imaginative, globally aware, and ready for public service to the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

The University is laying the foundation for its third century by focusing on three institutional priorities: providing outstanding students with scholarships, retaining and recruiting top faculty, and restoring and renewing the Jeffersonian Grounds.

Advancing Faculty Excellence

The University’s ability to prepare future generations for leadership rests squarely on the talent, drive, and character of its faculty.

Faculty teach and mentor students, conduct research, and actively participate in moving the academic mission forward. In addition, close student-faculty interaction is key to the student experience and central to the University’s longstanding reputation for undergraduate excellence.

With the support of alumni, parents, and friends, the University will recruit and retain researchers and teachers who are demonstrated leaders in their areas of scholarship.

Restoring the Academical Village

The Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative (JGI), the University’s comprehensive program to restore, renovate, and repair Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village, will ensure that this historic precinct remains a thriving academic center for students and faculty.

Time, the elements, and continual use have taken a toll on the Academical Village. JGI includes funding for programs and endowments necessary for the long-term stewardship of the Academical Village, the heart of the UVA experience.

Need-Based Scholarships: Investing in Talent

Talented students from all walks of life make the University a special place. The University is committed to providing need-based scholarships and financial aid to ensure that all qualified students have the opportunity for a world-class education at UVA.

Creating a sustainable source of funding for student financial support is essential to ensuring that UVA continues to attract outstanding students from around the country.

Scholarship support allows a new generation of students to study honor, ethics, citizenship, leadership, and to carry these values with them into the world.

Making your Gift of Support

Your gift to the Parents Fund or to an institutional priority helps maintain the unparalleled experience that attracted your child to UVA and that affection we all feel when visiting the Grounds. Whether you make a Parents Fund gift, create an endowment, or provide support in your estate plan, your gift matters.

For more information, contact the Parents Fund team:

Jeff Boyd, Director
434.924.3010 or 800.688.9882

Marilyn Wright, Senior Associate Director
434.924.7493 or 800.688.9882

Anna Patchias, Development Associate

UVA Parents Fund
P.O. Box 400807
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Physical Address: 2420 Old Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Fax: 434.924.0556