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Parents’ Steering Committee

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About the Committee

The Colgate Parents’ Steering Committee is a community of parents and grandparents, who strengthen the university’s distinctive brand of excellence through their significant philanthropic support. Colgate families deepen their relationship with Colgate and other members, while making an important impact on campus.

With an annual gift to Colgate beginning at $15,000, parents and grandparents of current students are invited to join the Parents’ Steering Committee. Committee members are recognized for their total yearly giving, regardless of philanthropic interest, so you can choose to support the programs that are most meaningful to your family. Some popular gift designations are:
  • the Colgate Fund, which helps the institution address its most pressing needs and to make the most of opportunities that arise during the academic year.
  • the Internship Fund, helps cover the supplemental costs associated with students pursuing unpaid or underpaid summer experiences (living, transportation, food, etc.).
  • the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate, brings notable speakers and entertainers to campus expanding our students’ access to 21st century newsmakers. The series was initiated in 2007 and has been supported primarily by the parent community.
  • the Colgate Athletic Council, contributions augment program budgets and provide the necessary resources to make long-term strategic plans and fund critical initiatives that benefit all student-athletes.

In recognition of their generosity, committee members enjoy:

  • access to university leaders at two on campus meetings per academic year
  • opportunities to connect with other members and university leaders at regional and on campus events
  • assistance with housing in Hamilton on select weekends such as Family Weekend and Commencement
  • reserved seating at select events on campus
  • personal support and communications from staff
The generosity of parents has always played an important role in enhancing the Colgate experience. As we enter the university’s third century in pursuit of bold and ambitious goals, parent support is more critical than ever before. 

Colgate’s leadership among the nation’s finest liberal arts institutions depends on its ability to attract exceptional students, produce ground-breaking research, and offer superior educational opportunities. Your support will help us to provide an even more rigorous academic experience that will strengthen the university’s reputation and the power of a Colgate diploma. 

If you have questions or if you are interested in joining the Parents’ Steering Committee, please contact Heather Payne, Assistant Director of Parent Giving, at 315-228-6201 or hepayne@colgate.edu.

Committee Leadership
Brian Conway P'19

Chair, Parents' Steering Committee