Parent & Family Giving

As part of our vibrant and proud extended community, parents, and families sustain and strengthen Brown's distinctive brand of academic excellence and enhance educational opportunity for all students through their generosity.

Building a Future Together

When your student enters Brown, a new world—one that you, your student, and Brown build together—comes alive. This shared journey into excellence and educational opportunity becomes even more meaningful for some families when they give through the parent and family giving program. In fact, Brown’s tradition of parental support—which accounts for nearly 20% of the total philanthropy to the University each year—is the most robust in the Ivy League.

Your family’s gift—whatever the size—will make an immediate difference for your child and their classmates. Your support can be felt everywhere. It's in the books that feed their quest for knowledge. It's in the classes that transform how they think. And, it's in the experience they will cherish for a lifetime.

Parents Annual Fund

Giving through the Parents Annual Fund allows Brown to maintain and expand the unparalleled educational opportunities and resources to ensure our students’ success. This family of funds touches nearly every aspect of life at Brown—from providing financial aid to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to campus life.

Make your gift    Learn more about annual giving

Planned Giving

Leave a legacy by including Brown in your estate or deferred giving plans. Learn about the many giving options available that can help you achieve your philanthropic priorities in a tax-efficient way.

Visit the Brown Planned Giving website

Capstone Gifts

The magnitude of the graduation milestone inspires many families to make a “capstone gift”—a special pledge that celebrates the graduate’s Brown experience.

View our guide to capstone gifts (PDF)

Philanthropic Options for Your Child

In addition, some families involve students in their giving decisions and establish a meaningful tradition of shared family giving to Brown. There are several councils and committees your child can join to begin their philanthropic journey.

“ When we welcome a new student to Brown, we are welcoming the family as well. Parents are deeply valued members of this community, and we encourage their active participation and involvement in the life of the University. ”

President Christina H. Paxson

Contact the Parent & Family Giving team.

Brown prepares its students to forge their own paths. We invite you to journey alongside them. For more information, please contact:

Laura B. Smith ’06
Senior Director of Parent and Family Giving


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