About the Parent and Family Council (PFC)

The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a select group of parent donors who serve as the volunteer philanthropic board for the Division of Student Affairs at William & Mary. Throughout the year, council members interact with university administrators to learn about, provide feedback on and advocate for university priorities, representing and communicating with the university’s wider parent community.

PFC members make an annual leadership gift of $10,000 or more to the Parents Fund and may consider additional contributions and an endowment-level gift to areas of personal interest across the university during or after their council tenure. They attend special parent outreach functions and work to build community among William & Mary families.

Council Member Responsibilities

  • Make a minimum annual gift of $10,000 to the Parents Fund.
  • Attend fall and spring PFC meetings.
  • Stay informed about student life news and initiatives in Career Development & Professional Engagement and any of four thematic areas within the Division of Student Affairs: Campus Living, Health & Wellness, Student Engagement & Leadership and Student Success.
  • Help communicate information about university-wide and Student Affairs priorities to other families.
  • Encourage other families to give to William & Mary by identifying, meeting or soliciting parents who wish 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.
  • Host and attend parent receptions, dinners, lectures or other gatherings on campus and in your local community.
  • Engage with your local William & Mary community by joining an alumni and parent network, welcoming new families, being a resource to new and prospective parents and making calls to new William & Mary families.
  • Provide career connections and learning opportunities for students. Host interns or externs, speak on a panel for Career Development & Professional Engagement or use your network to open doors for students.
  • 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.

Time Commitment

  • Attend two Parent & Family Council meetings annually: scheduled the Friday of Family Weekend and one Friday or Saturday in March or April.
  • Dedicate 5-10 hours per semester to engage in presentations and conversations, do peer-to-peer outreach and attend events.
  • Serve a term of at least one year. The term is renewable annually.

Members of the Parent & Family Council enjoy:

  • Recognition at the Green & Gold Giving Society level and invitations to special events.
  • Firsthand information from the Vice President of Student Affairs and other senior administrators about university priorities.
  • Participation in special events and panel discussions during Parent & Family Orientation, Family Weekend and Day for Admitted Students.
  • Connection to a strong network of influential families.
  • Honored guest seating during Commencement and an invitation to a special event for senior class PFC families.
  • Career Connections, a weekly newsletter sent exclusively to the PFC from the university’s chief career officer.