As parents, you invest a tremendous amount in your child’s education. But you may be surprised to know that tuition does not cover the full cost of providing a Wheaton education. Tuition, room and board constitute about 80 percent of the college’s operating budget. Wheaton counts on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends to help make up the difference.
The mission of Wheaton College is to provide a transformative liberal arts education for intellectually curious students in a collaborative, academically vibrant residential community that values a diverse world. Wheaton aspires to be the leading liberal arts institution in preparing students to create innovative solutions to big challenges—and to act on them.
The purpose of the Parents Fund is to connect the families of our students to this mission, to the college community, and to the broader Wheaton community through meaningful opportunities for intellectual engagement, volunteerism and philanthropy.
We invite every family to make an impact on their student’s education with a gift to the Parents Fund and we thank you for your commitment to Wheaton and your student.
Special Event: Parents Leadership Reception
[NEWS] On Friday, September 23, 2022, as part of Family & Friends Weekend, a group of about 40 Wheaton parents and family members attended a Parents Leadership reception at the Presidents’ House.
Hosted by President Michaele Whelan, the goal of the evening was to introduce Wheaton parents to volunteer opportunities and philanthropic programs that are designed to further connect them to the community and to their student’s Wheaton experience:
- Parents Advisory Council, a collaborative workgroup comprised of Wheaton educators, administrators, and parents who ensure educational excellence for students and ensure that parents have a voice on campus regarding the student experience.
- Parent Ambassadors, a subcommittee of the Parents Advisory Council, commit to hosting and participating in events in support of admissions and advancement. Ambassadors amplify college messaging and serve as mentors to prospective parents in the college admissions cycle and promote broad annual participation in the Parents Fund.
- Parents Leadership Committee, build on Wheaton’s culture of philanthropy by setting an inspiring example for fellow parents. Members commit to an annual gift of at least $1,000 and encourage their peers to raise the bar for leadership support at Wheaton.
Parents Fund donors provide an immediate and powerful impact each and every year, helping to advance college priorities that are critical to Wheaton’s most fundamental objectives, including financial aid, faculty support, curricular innovations, sustainability, and library and technology resources. Generous immediate-use giving allows Wheaton to reduce its dependence on our endowment, thus preserving its principle and growing it more quickly to achieve the college’s future strength and success.
Individuals who donate $1,000 or more to the Parents Fund, an integral part of the
Wheaton Fund, are recognized as Mary Lyon Leadership Society members. All families that give $5,000 or more to Wheaton in a single year, to any priority, are recognized as Wheaton Partners.
Supporting Wheaton priorities
All Parents Fund gifts count toward the college’s Wheaton Fund goal of $5 million. Annual Wheaton Fund gifts, such as those made through the Parents Fund, have the most direct impact on your student and others, because they provide a dynamic infusion of essential dollars and are put to use in the same year that they are received. Gifts must be received by June 30, 2022, to be considered part of the year’s fundraising effort.
Invest Today. Inspire Tomorrow.
That they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
Areas to Support
You can direct your Parents Fund gift to an area of interest to you.
You will provide immediate resources to today's students with your Parents Fund gift.
You can learn more about the college's recognition societies.