Parents' Steering Committee

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. These 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. 

To learn more or to discuss joining the Parents' Steering Committee, contact Sara Way at 315-228-6922 or sway@colgate.edu.

Favorite Gift Designations for Families

Below are the most popular gift designations for families:

The Colgate Fund is the institution’s most important giving priority. It comprises unrestricted gifts, which provide the University with the financial flexibility to address its greatest needs and opportunities each year. 

Contributions to the Colgate Fund touch every aspect of the student experience. Gifts of all sizes — from $13 to $13,000 — make a difference.

Internships, research, and long-term community service allow students to gain insight on their career paths, test different work environments, shape and grow their professional networks, and develop the essential skill sets to thrive in the professional arena. The value of Colgate’s distinguished liberal arts education coupled with practical, hands-on experience obtained through an internship can give our students a significant advantage as they enter the workforce. 

Often low-paid or unpaid opportunities can deter students from gaining the experience necessary to grow professionally. Summer Funding can help cover the supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid opportunity, allowing students to explore potential industries of interest and pursue their passions.

The Colgate Athletic Council serves all Colgate athletic programs and student-athletes, by generating the philanthropic support necessary to continue Colgate’s rich history of excellence in the classroom and in Division I Athletics. 

The CAC provides unrestricted support, augments individual program budgets, and provides Colgate athletics with the resources to implement long-term strategic plans and fund critical initiatives that benefit all student-athletes.

The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate brings 21st-century newsmakers to campus each year. Guests have included:

  • Leon Panetta
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Joe Biden
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Shimon Peres
  • Tony Blair
  • Sir Richard Branson
  • Colin Powell
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Felipe Calderon
  • Garry Kasparov

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 the University to provide an even more rigorous academic experience that will strengthen its reputation and the power of a Colgate diploma.

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