About the Parent and Family Council (PFC)

The Parent and Family Council (PFC) is a select group of parent donors who serve as the volunteer advisory board for the Division of Student Affairs at William & Mary. Attending two meetings annually, Council Members interact with university administrators to learn about and provide feedback about university priorities so that they can communicate those ideas with the university’s Parent Community.

PFC members make an annual leadership gift of $10,000 to the Parents Fund and may consider additional contributions to areas of personal interest across the university. They attend special parent outreach functions and work to build community among families across the university.

Council Member Responsibilities – How You Can Help

  • Attend Fall and Spring PFC meetings.
  • Make a minimum annual gift of $10,000 to the Parents Fund.
  • Encourage other families to give to William & Mary by identifying, meeting, or soliciting parents who are willing to support the university. If willing, make phone calls, draft emails, and send letters requesting financial support from parents in partnership with the Parent & Family Giving Team.
  • Make stewardship calls to thank Parents Fund donors.
  • Participate in any of three PFC committees: Philanthropy, Community Engagement, or Career
  • Provide career connections and learning opportunities for students. Members might host interns or externs, speak on a panel at Cohen Career Center, or use their network to open doors for students.
  • Host and attend parent receptions, dinners, lectures, or other gatherings in your local community.
  • Make welcome calls to families whose students are joining the Tribe.
  • Engage with the local William & Mary community by joining a local William & Mary chapter, welcoming new families and being a resource to new and prospective parents.
  • Represent William & Mary at college fairs and connect with your student’s high school guidance counselor to share information from Admission.
  • Participate in One Tribe One Day activities.

Parent & Family Council Committees

Philanthropy Committee

Members help to nurture a culture of philanthropy among William & Mary parents and families; learn about the fundraising needs and priorities of the Division of Student Affairs, the Parents Fund; participate in One Tribe One Day activities; and encourage other families to join the Parent & Family Council and contribute financially to William & Mary.

Community Engagement Committee

Members nurture a culture of connectivity and belonging among William & Mary families, and welcome new families and their students to the Tribe. Members work to strengthen connections all families and the university to create a community of families eager to help students flourish academically, professionally, and personally. As volunteer spokespeople for William & Mary, Student Affairs, and the Parent & Family Council, committee members provide information to help Tribe parents facilitate their students’ success—academically, professionally, and personally. Members attend special parent functions and encourage other families to become involved in ways that support William & Mary’s families, students, programs and priorities.

Career Committee

Members help to engage a network of parents who actively assist students in career exploration and professional development; promote resources available through the Cohen Career Center; hire students in their organizations; and support giving priorities that enhance career initiatives. As volunteer spokespeople for the Cohen Career Center, members promote William & Mary students and alumni as marketable and well-educated employees. Members attend special functions and encourage other parents to become involved in supporting William & Mary’s and The Cohen Career Center’s programs and priorities, particularly those providing students and alumni employment, educational opportunities, and mentorship.

Time Commitment

  • Attend two Parent & Family Council meetings annually: the Friday of Family Weekend and one Saturday in March/April.
  • Dedicate 4-5 hours/semester for PFC outreach and events.
  • PFC Service term is one year and is renewable.

Members of the Parent and Family Council

  • Are invited to special events and activities;
  • Learn first-hand about the priorities of the Vice President of Student Affairs and other senior administrators;
  • Gain a strong network of influential families
  • Participate in special events and panel discussions during Orientation, Family Weekend and the Day for Admitted Students
  • Receive an invitation to attend a PFC Senior family-only event with the president.