Parents support the Lafayette College Parents’ FundWhen Lafayette parents support the Parents’ Fund they directly impact all Lafayette undergraduates. Gifts to this fund are an essential source of flexible funding and have an immediate positive impact on many different opportunities for students’ academic, social, and professional growth. Parents and families may designate a gift to benefit an academic or athletic program, student organization, or other activity or project of choice. Or, unrestricted gifts can be made, which offer the College maximum flexibility to meet pressing needs.

What the Parents’ Fund Supports

Each year, gifts to the Parents’ Fund support unparalleled research opportunities, global learning programs, talented and dedicated faculty, our nationally recognized Career Services Program, and numerous extracurricular opportunities. During the 2016–17 school year, more than $1 million was raised by Lafayette parents and families.

Support the Parents’ Fund Today!

The Marquis Parents Council

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The Lafayette College Marquis Parents Council is a group of dedicated parents and family members who volunteer their expertise and time to support the mission and goals of the College. Members offer advice and counsel from a parents’ perspective and play an important role in ensuring Lafayette’s success by supporting the College financially. Support from the Marquis Parents Council directly impacts students’ lives and enables Lafayette to provide unmatched educational and co-curricular experiences. Parents and/or family members contribute a minimum annual gift of $1,826* (minimum as of July 1, 2017) to join the Marquis Parents Council.

*All annual gifts of $1,826 or more made in the fiscal year ending June 30—including outright gifts, matching gifts, donor advised funds gifts, and planned gifts—qualify for membership to the Marquis Parents Council.


  • Provide the President and the College with a parent’s perspective and counsel
  • Invitations to special campus and regional events
  • VIP reserved seating at Commencement and weekend hotel room blocks
  • Recognition in the annual Summary of Giving and Volunteer Participation


  • Attend Marquis Parents Council meetings on campus twice per year (held Family Weekend and during the spring semester)
  • Volunteer for parent-to-parent outreach efforts
  • Host or attend local events in your area to build the Lafayette parent community
  • Provide career connection opportunities
  • Support the Parents Fund with a minimum gift of $1,826

Volunteer Opportunities

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In addition to financial support of programs, our students have benefited from parent and family engagement in several high impact ways via our Gateway Program in Career Services. Between providing practice interviews, to hiring students as interns, serving as mentors to current students, and opening up their homes to host a career event, parents and families are making a difference in preparing our students for life after Lafayette.

Whether you have supported Lafayette College financially and/or through volunteering your time, thank you for all you do. The contributions made by parents and families are invaluable and have a tremendous impact on the lives of our students.

“ For parents, the four years of college go by quickly. That’s why it’s so important to get involved: Donate your time, expertise, and financial support, and make the years the best they can possibly be.”

Mike and Kathy Presto P’18
Chairs of the Marquis Parents Council