Parents Fund

The Parents Fund raises money that directly benefits the lives of current students and enhances their academic and co-curricular experience at Mason. Funds raised are used to support strategic initiatives within university/student life and partner offices that provide direct student support services. Parents and families of current students will be contacted annually and are encouraged to participate through financial giving.

Funding Priorities
The Parents Fund seeks to support initiatives with the direct goal of increasing student success through the provision of direct support services. Funds will be awarded to initiatives that meet the following characteristics:

  1. Provide direct student support services including but not limited to: mentoring, coaching, advising, or other student interaction-based initiatives
  2. Increase retention and timely degree completion
  3. Demonstrate financial need
  4. Result in measurable outcomes (defined and assessed by requestor)

Please note: Funding requests for student, faculty, or staff stipends will not be considered. Additionally, repeat requests that have been previously funded by the Parents Fund will be considered, but new requests will be given priority as limited funding is available.

Allocation Process
The Parents Fund will accept one-time funding requests from directors within University Life as well as from partner offices across the university. Funds will be allocated once each semester, including fall, spring, and summer, on the following schedule:

  • Spring request deadline: April 1
  • Summer request deadline: August 1
  • Fall request deadline: December 1

Within one month of the allocation deadline requestors will be notified of the outcome.  The following request form and budget template will be available year-round for those interested in submitting a request for funds.

Parents Fund request form

Parents Fund budget template

Reimbursement Process
Funds awarded will be available for immediate use and must be used by the close of the fiscal year in which they were awarded (June 30).  A reimbursement report must be submitted within six weeks of the funds being used. Submitting the reimbursement report will initiate the transfer of funds.

Parents Fund Reimbursement Report

Questions
Questions regarding the Parents Fund allocation process can be directed to Kaitlin Cicchetti, Associate Director of Family Programs and Services, at koyler@gmu.edu.

Allocation Committee
Rose Pascarell, Vice President for University Life
Sally Lorentson, Associate Dean of University Life and Director of Orientation and Family Programs and Services
Amy Snyder, Director of Special Projects, University Life
Kaitlin Cicchetti, Associate Director, Orientation and Family Programs and Services
William Ayrea, Associate Director, Annual Giving
Parent and Family Council representative
Student Government Representative