Family Leadership Circle

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Community

  • Network with GW families in your home region and worldwide
  • Serve as ambassadors to new and prospective families
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Philanthropy

  • Create life-changing opportunities for students
  • Enhance academic excellence
  • Drive critical research
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Connection

  • Engage with university leadership and faculty experts
  • Attend and host virtual events
  • Access GW's 290,000-strong, lifelong, worldwide alumni network

The Family Leadership Circle is a recognition society that consists of parents and families of undergraduate students dedicated to expanding opportunities for students at the university.

Parents and families recognized by the Family Leadership Circle will have the opportunity to; engage with university leadership and networking with other involved parents from around the country and the globe. They will also help raise awareness and funds to support vital programs that contribute to the success of GW students.

To learn about the Family Leadership Circle and its important work, please contact GW Family Philanthropy at [email protected] or 202-994-3229.

Giving Levels

Through your philanthropy, you have the opportunity to create life-changing opportunities for students, enhance teaching, and drive critical research. The following are examples of the impact that you can have on our students at various levels.

$1,000

  • Covers travel and fees for a Women’s Leadership Program symposium speaker
  • CCAS: Provides books and supplies for one student
  • Supports one Shabbat meal for 100 students
  • ESIA: Covers student travel expenses to an international, national, or regional conference

$2,500

  • CCAS: Underwrites international travel costs for study abroad
  • Creates an internship opportunity for a federal work study student for one year at the Office of Entrepreneurship
  • SPH: Creates a grant for an unpaid international practicum

$5,000

  • ATH: Covers room and board for one student—athlete for half the year
  • LAW: Supports one Moot Court competition
  • CCAS: Supports a summer research scholarship or fellowship
  • Support first generation college student programming

$10,000

  • Current use named annual scholarship for any school or program

$60,000

  • Endowment for a student internship fund

$25,000

  • LAI: Paid undergraduate research fellowship
  • KACIF: Provide support for students to be able to accept unpaid internships
  • Endowment for a prize or award fund

$60,000

  • Endowment for a student internship fund

$100,000

  • Endowed partial scholarship (one restriction)
  • General endowment fund to support an area of interest in a school or program
  • Dean’s discretionary fund endowed gift meeting greatest needs of the school
  • LAI: Acquisition or preservation fund to support the acquisition of books and preserve existing collections

$250,000

  • Named endowed lecture to cover expenses of brining speakers to campus
  • Named term professorship to for an existing position (five year term)

$500,000

  • Name a professorship to support the salary of a member of the faculty 
  • Name a faculty research fellowship for a faculty member to conduct research

$1,000,000

  • ATH: Named assistant coaching position in the Athletics Department
  • Named assistant or associate professorship for an existing position

$1,500,000

  • Named visiting professorship to support a visiting scholar or lecturer

$2,500,000

  • LAI: Named archivist or librarian position
  • ATH: Named head coaching position in the Athletics Department
  • Named curatorship at the GW Museum and the Textile Museum
  • Named professorship for an existing position in any school or department

$3,000,000

  • Named professorship for a new position in any undergraduate school or department

$4,000,000

  • SMHS/LAW: New named professorship within a professional school

$5,000,000

  • Named endowed department chair
  • Named endowed director of a center or institute

$6,000,000

  • Named professorship

$7,500,000

  • Named leadership position at the university (i.e. president, provost, dean etc.)

Events

Upcoming Events

    • GW Family Leadership Circle Reception
    • Friday, October 1, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | City View Room
    • Join Dean Cissy Petty and fellow GW families for an intimate celebration around the impact of philanthropy on the student experience. The Family Leadership Circle welcomes all families to engage in community, philanthropy, and connection at GW.
    • GW Family Leadership Circle Benefactors Virtual Connection
    • Thursday, December 10, 2020 | Zoom
    • You are cordially invited to a special virtual event with GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc and Mrs. Anne LeBlanc for a virtual holiday toast of hot chocolate and marshmallows supplied by GW alumni-owned business, to learn about the President's vision for GW moving into our Bicentennial year and beyond (GW branded mugs, hot chocolate, and marshmallows supplied via mail to all respondents).
    • GW Family Leadership Circle Benefactors Virtual Connection
    • Thursday, December 10, 2020 | Zoom
    • You are cordially invited to a special virtual event with GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc and Mrs. Anne LeBlanc for a virtual holiday toast of hot chocolate and marshmallows supplied by GW alumni-owned business, to learn about the President's vision for GW moving into our Bicentennial year and beyond (GW branded mugs, hot chocolate, and marshmallows supplied via mail to all respondents).
    • GW Family Leadership Circle Investors Virtual Connection
    • Monday, December 7, 2020 | Zoom
    • You are cordially invited to a special virtual event with GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc and Mrs. Anne LeBlanc for a virtual holiday toast of hot chocolate and marshmallows supplied by GW alumni-owned business, to learn about the President's vision for GW moving into our Bicentennial year and beyond (hot chocolate and marshmallows supplied via mail to all respondents).
    • GW Family Leadership Circle Fellows Virtual Connection
    • Thursday, December 3, 2020 | Zoom
    • You are cordially invited to a special virtual event with M. Brian Blake, GW provost. Hear from Provost Blake on the academic experience at GW and learn how your philanthropy as families promotes the efforts of our exceptional faculty, facilitating unparalleled educational opportunities for our dynamic students.
    • GW Family Leadership Circle Members Virtual Connection
    • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Zoom
    • You are cordially invited to a special virtual event with M.L. Cissy Petty, vice president of student affairs and dean of students. Hear from Dean Petty on the student experience at GW and learn how your philanthropy as families continues to enhance our overall student experience.
    • Looking Ahead with Dean Cissy Petty
    • June 18, 2020 | WebEx
    • Please join us for virtual drinks with the Dean and a discussion about how GW will support students in our new COVID-19 reality.
    • Supporting Student Academics in an Evolving Educational Landscape
    • June 1, 2020 | WebEx
    • Please join us for a conversation with Geneva Henry, dean of libraries and academic innovation (GWLAI). Dean Henry will give us an insider’s look at her leadership role in shaping excellence in quality academic instruction as the university navigates the pandemic.
    • A Toast in Celebration of the Class of 2020
    • May 14, 2020 | WebEx
    • Please join us for a virtual happy hour with fellow Family Philanthropy members as we celebrate our graduating families who are volunteers and supporters of the university.
    • COVID-19: Global Resiliency EDT
    • May 4, 2020 | WebEx
    • Please join us for a conversation with Reuben Brigety, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs. Dean Brigety will bring a global perspective to the nuances of COVID-19, with a focus on individual resilience.