Parents Fund

Lafayette Parents Fund – one family, one focus:  our students

Lafayette’s number one priority is our students – your children. Together, we share a common goal to ensure an environment that promotes academic excellence and provides the foundation for success in life. As parents of a Lafayette student, there are many ways to impact your child’s college experience each and every day – most effectively with a gift to the Lafayette Parents Fund.

Each year, gifts to the Lafayette Parents Fund support the enrichment programs that encourage our students’ intellectual, social, and personal growth. As a purely undergraduate institution, our focus is devoted to providing the resources to programs that enrich the undergraduate experience for your children. Unparalleled research opportunities, global learning programs and study abroad, talented and dedicated faculty, and our nationally recognized career services program are just a few ways that annual giving through the Parents Fund makes a difference at Lafayette.

Your gift has immediate impact on the life of your child each and every day.

Many parents are surprised to hear that tuition, though important and substantial, covers about 60% of the cost to educate a Lafayette student. The College relies on income generated from the endowment, and giving by parents, alumni, and friends to make up the difference.

Parent support in 2010-2011 exceeded $890,000. This year, our goal is $1 million. We hope you will consider giving to the Parents Fund this year. Any gift, regardless of the size, will go to immediately support programs to best prepare your child for their future.

Thank you for your support!

Gifts to the Parents Fund can be made online, by phone, or by mail. Lafayette also welcomes gifts of stock or other securities or through a matching gift company.

Questions about the Lafayette Parents Fund may be directed to Tammi Lake at or (610) 330-5036.

Marquis Parents Council

Parents who demonstrate exceptional leadership support of the College with a gift at the Marquis Society level are invited to join the Marquis Parents Council, a committee focused on the specific interests of parents of current Lafayette students. Members of the Parents Council have access to the senior leadership of the institution and the ability to share their thoughts openly on important issues that will help define the College’s future. Two times each academic year, the Council meets to provide President Weiss and other deans, faculty members, and campus administrators guidance on current issues facing the institution. If you are interested in joining the Parents Council, or would like more information, please contact Tammi Lake at 610-330-5036.