Parents' & Grandparents' Fund

Parents' & Grandparents' Fund

On December 8, 1954, a group of dedicated parents formed the “Society of Families of Colgate University,” beginning an outstanding tradition of providing generous support to the university and enhancing every aspect of the Colgate experience. The moment your student stepped onto campus, Colgate became your university, too. All family members with a student at Colgate are considered members of the Society of Families.

Members of the Presidents’ Club — Colgate’s leadership gift society — march at the forefront of this university’s journey to excellence in liberal arts education. Their investments demonstrate the highest level of commitment and lay the foundation for our success. Family membership provides several unique opportunities for your student.

In return for their support, Presidents’ Club family members enjoy:
- Invitations to special events like our annual reception and dinner held in New York City
- Regular, exclusive, personalized communications like PC Newsflash, our online newsletter
- A seat at presidential roundtable conversations to discuss Colgate’s future
- Special attention during Family weekend
- Opportunities to interact with students through career services
- A subscription to the Maroon News, the nation’s oldest college weekly newspaper

In addition, your family membership will provide your student:
- Invitations to special campus events, including our networking dinner with the Board of Trustees and Alumni Council
- Invitations to hometown Presidents’ Club events
- VIP seating at the Kerschner Family Series: Global Leaders at Colgate
- Luncheons at the Faculty Dining Room on campus with a member of the Advancement staff.

Make your Presidents' Club Level gift today. Or, learn about the benefits of the installment giving program.

There are a number of ways that you can support Colgate and you are only limited by your imagination!

Making a gift to Colgate allows the university to exceed expectations while providing an incredible learning experience for America’s brightest undergraduates. Through your gift, you are leading by example and sending an important message to your student and other parents that tuition alone is not enough to provide Colgate’s world class education and ensure its future.

To make your gift on line, click here. (

The time and talent that our parents share with us is invaluable and benefits the entire Colgate community. Would you be interested in hosting a reception at your home, club or place of work? The Parents’ Fund office is happy to assist and, in turn, you can receive gift-in-kind credit for your generosity. Perhaps you would like to share your professional expertise with students through Colgate’s Career Services office. Job referrals, career seminars, and internship opportunities are among the ways that parents have assisted in the past. To join our group of tireless volunteers, please complete our volunteer form.

Contact Us

Mari Assaid

Associate Vice President,
Institutional Advancement, The Parents' Fund and Special Events

William LaRuffa

Director, The Parents'
and Grandparents' Fund

Heather Payne

Coordinator, The Parents' and Grandparents' Fund
Kerri Mikalunas

Administrative Assistant, The Parents' and Grandparents' Fund