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. The council comprises national and international representation, as well as both alumni and non-alumni families. 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. Members also 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

  • Attend fall and spring PFC meetings.
  • Make a minimum annual gift of $10,000 to the Parents Fund.
  • Participate in any of five Advocacy Groups: Campus Living, Career Development, Health & Wellness, Student Engagement & Leadership and Student Success.
  • Welcome new families to the W&M community and encourage them to support the university.

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 for Advocate Group calls, peer-to-peer outreach and events.
  • Serve a term of at least one year (term is renewable annually).

Members of the Parent & Family Council enjoy:

  • Recognition in the Green & Gold Giving Society.
  • Connection to a strong network of influential families.
  • Invitations to special events and honored guest seating during commencement.
  • Regular newsletters and updates from Student Affairs Senior Leadership.
  • The opportunity to host William & Mary students as externs and interns.