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The Power of Philanthropy G W PA R E N T S C A M PA I G N

WHAT IS THE PARENTS CAMPAIGN? The Parents Campaign is a university-wide initiative that offers parents the opportunity to play a role in building and shaping an exemplary educational experience for GW students. Parents can participate in a number of ways including offering internship or career opportunities for students as well as contributing essential financial support. An important aspect of this initiative is the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board, a group of volunteer parents who contribute leadership-level gifts and serve as active members of the GW community.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? The Parents Campaign team is here to help! Call or email, and we’ll help match your interests and availability with the needs of the university and its students. Contact us at (202) 994-3229 or

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IT’S AN INCREDIBLE TIME TO BE AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. We are in the midst of a decade of transformation. Over the last year, our faculty strengthened its collective expertise with renowned scientists, academics, and policymakers; construction began on new facilities that will elevate and expand critical research; and thriving career centers and public service opportunities empowered a student body that is committed to making a difference in the world. These opportunities and many more simply wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and generosity of our GW parents. Clearly, you’re setting a great example as even your children are exemplary philanthropists. Last year’s Senior Class Gift shattered all previous records with 50.5 percent participation and more than $90,000 raised! Of course, affordability continues to be a major priority for the university. But the financial reality remains: tuition covers only two-thirds of the actual cost of educating a student at George Washington. Your contributions—whether of time, talent, or financial support—help make up the difference. I encourage you to contact our Parents Campaign team and discover how you can make a truly meaningful impact on your child’s education. I am continually impressed with the generosity and support of our GW parents. Thank you for the many ways in which you make GW exceptional.

Mike Morsberger Vice President Development and Alumni Relations




the gw experience

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Susie and Walid Wahab of Miami, Florida know a thing or two about location. Originally from Lebanon, the GW parents spent the majority of their childhoods abroad—Walid in Venezuela and Susie in France—until each made their way to the United States to pursue higher education. Walid enrolled in the MBA program at George Washington, and Susie attended Mount Vernon College, now a GW campus. With four continents of residency and experience between the two of them, the international couple continues to look to one city for their children’s college education: Washington, DC.

“To me, the city is as important as the university,” says Walid. “Being able to study at GW and experience all that the surrounding city has to offer, it’s a winning combination.”

Just four blocks from the White House, GW boasts unique proximity to some of the most influential organizations in the world. The U.S. State Department, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Smithsonian Institutions are all within walking distance from campus. In fact, one of Walid’s favorite grad school memories is studying in the Library of Congress. Given the Wahab’s passion for DC, earning a degree in the nation’s capital has become something of a family affair. Their oldest son, as well as nieces and nephews, have all attended colleges inside the Beltway, and their youngest son, Nadim, recently began his freshman year at GW. But, Walid insists, it’s not just the neighborhood that’s impressive. “The caliber of the education and people at GW is incredible,” he says. “I was able to forge a worldwide network of friendships that continues to benefit my life, both professionally and personally.”

GW is located just a few blocks from the National Mall

Susie and Walid’s enthusiasm for the university is apparent in their participation as GW parents. The Wahabs provide generous financial support, and Walid serves as a member of the GW School of Business Dean’s Board of Advisors.


engagement DAY OF SERVICE: Each year students participate in the Freshman Day of Service in honor of the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Last year, 2,400 freshmen volunteered at local schools, parks, recreation sites and retirement facilities.


CGI U: GW was selected to host the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), an event launched by former President Bill Clinton that brings together student leaders from around the world to discuss solutions to global challenges.


For the fourth consecutive year, GW ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps colleges list. GW is the top volunteerproducing school with 78 alumni currently in service.


The university is home to the capital area’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program, with a battalion composed of approximately 150 midshipmen. Additionally, there are more than 300 veterans currently enrolled at GW.


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Peter Konwerski, Senior Associate Provost & Dean of Student Affairs

year, nearly 600 students, faculty, and staff volunteered to collect 90,000

placement in a local community

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Alicia Keys Antonin Scalia President Barack Obama Ben Bernanke Betty White Bill Clinton Bono Brian Williams Brit Hume Carlos Slim Caroline Kennedy Charles Gibson

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Chelsea Clinton Chuck Brown Chuck Todd Cornel West Cyndi Lauper Dan Rather Donald Rumsfeld Earth, Wind & Fire Eric Cantor Eric Holder Ferran Adrià Prince Haji Al- Muhtadee Billah

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Janet Napolitano Joe Torre Jon Huntsman Jon Stewart José Andrés Kathleen Sebelius Madeleine Albright Michael Chertoff Michael Moore Michele Bachmann Newt Gingrich Rick Santorum

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Scott Walker Tom Ridge Toni Morrison Tony Plana Train USA Olympic Basketball Team Usher





THE OVERACHIEVEMENTS OF UNDERGRAD RESEARCH What do Na+/Ca2+ exchange proteins, caterpillar ecosystems, and Ecuadorian wage-gaps have in common? They’re all being researched by award-winning undergraduate students at GW. Thanks to a fresh university-wide emphasis on research, undergrads may now apply for a growing number of fellowships that help fund their academic aspirations. The awards range from $2,500 to $10,000 and help cover essential research-related expenses like lab access, data collection, and field research. And the results are nothing short of remarkable. Take for example Eric Brzozowski. Eric is a 2012-2013 Luther Rice Fellow studying the role of Na+/Ca2+ exchange proteins, or NCX proteins. He plans on producing the first complete genome-wide survey of the NCX family at the molecular level. Another Luther Rice Fellow, Michelle Sliwinski, is using her award to study the feeding ecology of four species 4

of caterpillars in the DC area and their essential role in the forest ecosystem and arthropod community. Then there’s Jane Olmstead-Rumsey, a 2012-2013 George Gamow Fellow who travelled to Ecuador last summer to research gender wagegaps at the Centro de Estudios Fiscales, Ecuador's internal revenue service. “Undergraduate students at George Washington are some of the most relentless problem-solvers I’ve met,” says Vice Provost Steve Ehrmann, who directs the undergrad research initiative. “They’re excited about making a difference in the world and recognize that thoughtful research is a critical part of the process.”

number of undergraduates engaging in research, primarily through philanthropy. They maintain that the positive impact of the initiative is far-reaching; it adds depth to the student experience, enhances academic portfolios, and strengthens the student-professor relationship. Additionally, it helps GW retain top students by keeping them competitive and engaged, as well as promotes greater research among faculty. “By investing in our young researchers and innovators, we can enrich their educations while creating a force multiplier for our talented faculty,” says

About 45 George Gamow, Luther Rice, and Provost/Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) research fellowships were awarded to undergraduates last year. Ehrmann and other university leaders hope to dramatically increase the

Ehrmann. “We hope parents will join us in this cause so that every student with a research question is empowered to find the answer.”

NOBEL KNOWLEDGE It is rare for a Nobel Laureate to teach an undergraduate course, but that’s precisely what Ferid Murad, MD, PhD, has been doing since he joined Ferid Murad, MD, PhD GW’s faculty in 2011. Dr. Murad co-teaches an honors course entitled “Science and Medicine: A Priceless Journey,” which is open to all undergraduate students with at least one year of university-level science coursework. In 1998, Dr. Murad and two other researchers earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for their discovery of the role of nitric oxide in the cardiovascular system. The seminar surveys key biomedical discoveries of the 20th century and examines their profound influence on medical technology, science administration, politics, ethics, and philosophy. It also includes weekly guest lectures from a “Who’s Who” in science and research. Last academic year, Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, a 2004 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry addressed the class, and this year, students will have an opportunity to learn from Dr. Phillip Sharp, a 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. As a senior, Van Moktan, BS ’12, enrolled in the course last spring. “In no other class could the titans of science interact with us, one-on-one,” he said. “It’s really an amazing opportunity.”

JEREMY CARROLL is a senior majoring in biology and a Provost/OVPR award recipient. Jeremy is studying the molecular basis of cell aging, specifically how a gene called BMI1 regulates the cell-aging process. He is using a cell culture model developed in Professor Goberdhan Dimri’s laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

ANGELA SCHÖPKE is a junior double-majoring in International Affairs and Dance. Last year, as a George Gamow Fellow, she traveled to Northern Ireland where she explored dance as a potential tool in reconciling social, political, and economic barriers following decades of conflict. This year, Angela was awarded a Provost/OVPR fellowship to continue her research within the context of conflict in Afghanistan. Angela works closely with GW Professor of Dance Maida Withers.

KELSEY NYLAND is a senior majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies and was awarded two research fellowships for her work examining the relationship between vegetation and climate change on the periglacial permafrost in the Alaska tundra. Kelsey works closely with GW Assistant Professor of Geography Nikolay Shiklomanov, as well as Russian researchers from Moscow State University.



Education for the

REAL WORLD A FUSION OF THEORY AND PRACTICE With a fair number of professors in the family tree, it’s no surprise that Ava and Mark Zandi of Malvern, Pennsylvania place a premium on good education. It’s also not surprising that their daughter, Anna, came to George Washington looking for more than just textbooks and tests. Fortunately, GW provides the best of both worlds: a truly world-class education fused with real-world application. A sophomore at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Anna is making the most of all GW has to offer. During her freshman year, she studied under renowned faculty members, attended lectures by key policymakers, reported for the university’s student newspaper, visited nearby embassies, and interned at an NGO. “This is the essence of an Elliott School education, combining theory with practice,” says Ava. “It’s why GW graduates are so uniquely prepared to solve the complex global issues of today.”

GW parents Ava and Mark Zandi with their daughter Anna


Class of 2011 graduates who participated in internships that relate to their current employment

Inspired by the truly comprehensive approach, Ava and Mark are dedicated supporters of both the Elliott School and the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board, and encourage other parents to get involved as well. “GW is particularly embracing in enabling parents to have a voice,” Ava says. “We feel like we have a real connection with the university, and it’s a very dynamic relationship. We support each other.” The Zandis also contribute to the Elliott School Dean’s Fund, a discretionary fund that supports a number of the school’s critical needs including student aid, operating costs, and programming. “We’ve seen firsthand the unparalleled educational opportunities,” says Ava. “And as parents, we’re honored to invest in the Elliott School and support its noble mission of making the world a better place.”



Internship opportunities on GWork during the 2011-2012 academic year

Public service internship opportunities on GWork during the 2011-2012 academic year

frequent Public Service Internship Providers: ABC News

Amnesty International Best Buddies

International Fund for Agricultural Development

Smithsonian Institution

Al Jazeera English American Association for the Advancement of Science

Catholic Charities U.S.A.

Make-a-Wish Foundation

U.S. Congress

Central Intelligence Agency


American Cancer Society

City Year

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

American Enterprise for Public Policy Research


National Institutes of Health

U.S. Department of State

Environmental Protection Agency

National Trust for Historic Preservation

U.S. Peace Corps

Federal Bureau of Investigation

National Security Agency


Human Rights Campaign

National Women's Law Center

White House

American Psychological Association American Public Health Association American Red Cross


One World Youth Project

Urban Teacher Center

CAREER PLANNING: PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED It’s all over the news. The Washington Post reports that recent college grads face one of the toughest job markets in decades; Business Insider notes that the market is “just awful” for new grads; and the Huffington Post reports that one in two recent graduates is either jobless or underemployed. Luckily, the horizon is much brighter for students of the GW School of Business. In fact, in the class of 2011, 73% of those seeking employment found jobs within 90 days of graduation. This is due not only to the caliber of our students and the reputation of a GW education, but also in many respects to the success of the school’s F. David Fowler Career Center. “It’s a difficult time for college graduates to be finding jobs,” says Lauren Corrigan of Greenwich, Connecticut, a GW parent who, along with her husband Pat, participates on the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board and provides critical support to the Fowler Career Center. “It’s important that the schools have the resources they need to assist students in finding those career opportunities.”

GW parents Lauren and Pat Corrigan

The center’s mission is twofold: first, to support students in developing life-long career management skills and, second, to facilitate partnerships between students and potential employers—often alumni and parents— that result in rewarding and fulfilling careers. Parents can be especially helpful with a student’s career development by assisting in a guidance role, such as one-on-one advising, job search workshops, résumé and correspondence development, and interview preparation. Lauren maintains that participating in this capacity can be mutually beneficial, particularly for parents. “Assisting with the center allows parents to have a connection to

their child’s school,” she says. “It keeps parents current with respect to what’s happening and provides a platform for sharing ideas.” She notes that, of course, financial support is also important in allowing the center to provide the necessary resources for optimal career development. But, she insists everyone can play a part. “No matter what your contribution is, you can make it specific and meaningful and you will be making a difference,” says Lauren. “Give of your time, your expertise. It’s all about involvement and as parents we have a lot to offer.”



In an effort to promote sustainable food and gardening, the Mount Vernon Campus hosts four hives of honeybees donated by a local beekeeping cooperative.


Solar thermal panels now line the rooftops of three GW residence halls, collectively making it the sixth largest system of its kind in the country. The panels use the sun’s heat to provide about two-thirds of the hot water used in the buildings.


Located on H Street, GW’s GroW garden boasts a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Tended by students, produce from the garden is donated to a nearby nonprofit that provides nutritious meals to the homeless.


GW now offers a new 18-credit minor in sustainability open to all undergraduate students, classes 2014 and later.



Getting Involved in


TIE A YELLOW RIBBON In 1775, George Washington wrote a letter to the New York Legislature in which he eloquently decreed: “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” Appropriately, the George Washington University maintains a longstanding commitment to veterans and their civic and educational aspirations. Under the umbrella of the GW Power & Promise Fund for student aid, the university participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, which provides free or significantly reduced tuition to qualifying veterans. GW parents Jane and Pat Sheehan of Cheshire, Connecticut are members of the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board as well as supporters of the Yellow Ribbon program, a decision Pat says comes from three perspectives: as

Contributions to the Yellow Ribbon program are matched dollar-for-dollar by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

a veteran, as parents, and as grateful citizens. “We can’t think of a better opportunity to contribute to America’s future than to honor those who have already demonstrated their leadership through military service, and provide them the means necessary to pursue educational excellence,” he says. The Sheehans fund two Yellow Ribbon scholarships—with the Department of Veteran Affairs matching their contributions dollar-for-dollar—to

provide assistance to one undergraduate and one graduate student each year. They recognize that many of today’s veterans may need additional support in making the decision to refocus on their educational goals, and want to help alleviate the associated financial burden. “The Yellow Ribbon program allows us to salute the young men and women who have served our country, often putting their individual goals on hold,” says Jane. “We consider it a privilege to support this wonderful initiative.”

TIME, TALENT, AND THE COMPETITIVE EDGE GW parent Jeremy Silverman of Winnetka, Illinois calls it a case of the squeaky wheel. Last fall, when he and his wife Mary attended their first Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board meeting, Jeremy remarked upon the importance of broadening the scope of parent philanthropy beyond financial support. Soon after, he received an email asking him to volunteer in the interview process for a new assistant provost of University Career Services. “I was thrilled to get the email,” he says. “I was able to contribute my 8

time and expertise and, as a parent, it brought home to me that there is a well-resourced, thoughtful effort behind Career Services at GW.” Jeremy’s enthusiasm for Career Services stems in part from his experience as an employer and mentor of recent college grads, as well as his belief that these services give GW a competitive edge. “Career Services has the potential to be highly differentiating for GW,” says Jeremy. “Providing this kind of support has the ability to enhance the university’s attractiveness to potential students as

well as enhance the GW brand in the job market.” Jeremy acknowledges that his involvement might not have happened if it weren’t for his initial expression of interest. “GW is really welcoming of parent involvement,” he says. “But you have to take the initiative. You have the potential to find a role at the university and get involved in a way that’s meaningful to you and rewarding to the GW community at large.”

A REAL TEAM PLAYER When you think of the George Washington University, ice hockey probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Unless you’re GW parent Tony DiLuca. GW does in fact have a club ice hockey team, and a competitive one at that, housed within its Department of Athletics and Recreation. And over the last two years, Tony has led the cheering section at nearly 90% of the team’s games. Tony’s son, Michael, a junior at the School of Business and a defenseman on the ice, has found both academic and athletic success at GW. Consequently, Tony now spends most of his fall weekends traveling up and down the east coast, boosting his car’s odometer reading, his frequent flyer miles, and most importantly, the team’s spirit. But his support doesn’t stop there. During Michael’s freshman year, Tony noticed that the team needed a few things when they traveled. With a tight

budget, many players were driving their own cars to away games and often returning to campus late into the night to avoid hotel costs. So Tony started helping where he could. He rented buses to ensure the players wouldn’t drive tired, purchased meals, and helped with the cost of a few hotel stays. “For any young man or woman in college today, being a part of something in addition to academics helps them connect with the university,” says Tony. “It gives them a sense of responsibility and allows them to be dedicated to a cause. And, I think, it makes them a better person at the end of the day.”

GW Parent Tony DiLuca and his son, Michael

In hockey, a “hat trick” occurs when a player scores three goals in a single game. Not unlike this exceptional athletic feat, Tony’s support is also a hat trick of sorts: he contributes his time, his ideas, and his financial resources to benefit

the team and the university. And, like in hockey, with three points in your favor, victory is near. “If our kids are at GW, I guess we’ve already made a commitment that we want our children to have the best they can have,” he says.

“As parents, we should continue that commitment beyond admissions and beyond tuition if possible, to really find a meaningful way to support our children’s college experience.”

In that spirit, Tony will continue to trek from his home in Ardmore, Pennsylvania to Raleigh and half a dozen cities in between. And an entire hockey team will understand what it means to be a real team player.



Parents: Partners in BUILDING COMMUNITY EXPANDING THE FRONTIERS OF DISCOVERY In an ambitious effort to strengthen its research capacity, GW is constructing a new Science and Engineering Hall in the heart of Washington, DC. Serving as a global hub of research and innovation, the complex will occupy an entire block of the Foggy Bottom campus, stand eight stories high, and provide 400,000 squarefeet of truly state-of-the-art workspace. For GW parents Dan and Paula Riordan of Arlington, Virginia, this initiative was the perfect way to support GW and meet their philanthropic goals. “The Science and Engineering Hall will bring an entirely new dimension to the university,” says Paula who, along with her husband participates on the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board. “The caliber of the professors at GW and the quality of the education is there. It just needs proper housing.” The Hall will facilitate a collaborative and multidisciplinary work environment

An architectural rendering of Science and Engineering Hall

with world-class technology, high-tech labs, and flexible space for students and faculty to conduct research. Costing an estimated $275 million, the Science and Engineering Hall is the largest building project ever undertaken by GW, and philanthropy will be an essential component in its funding.

“It’s more than a building; it’s a transformative investment in the next generation of engineers and scientists,” says Dan. “I’m convinced the impact of this facility will be far-reaching as it empowers students to tackle the critical challenges facing our nation and our world.”


FACILITIES CHURCHILL: Through an $8 million pledge from the Chicago-based Churchill Centre, GW will soon be home to the National Churchill Library and Center, the first major research facility in the U.S. dedicated to the life and work of Winston Churchill.


PLAY BALL: Last year, the university broke ground on the much-anticipated renovation of the baseball field at Barcroft Park. Upgraded turf, expanded seating, new bullpens, and improved dugouts will transform the Colonials’ home field into a facility that reflects the caliber of its team.

GOOD HEALTH: In 2014, the School of Public Health and Health Services will open its doors to a new home on Washington Circle. The state-of-the-art teaching and learning space will consolidate all seven of the School’s academic departments in one location for the first time in its 15-year history.

CONSTRUCTING A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY With more than 1.2 million visitors last year, the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library is one of the busiest, most productive buildings on campus. In order to maximize that productivity, plans are underway to completely renovate its entrance floor, and GW parents Keenan and Orna Wolens of Beverly Hills, California are doing their part to

GW parents Keenan and Orna Wolens

support the cause.

“In speaking with our daughter, Alana, the Library sounded like the focus of campus,” says Keenan. “Unfortunately, there’s often not enough space or desks during exam time and students are relinquished to the floor.”

The renovation will remedy space concerns

The Wolens, who are active members of

and modernize the entire entrance level

the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board,

with flexible state-of-the-art workspaces

wanted to support an initiative that would

as well as multi-media capabilities that

directly help students. “We hope our gift

will expand the cyber infrastructure of the

will add momentum to the fundraising effort

facility and support the scholarly process

and that other parents will join us in helping

from inception to completion.

the Library accommodate the growing

“We wanted to support an initiative that

needs of the GW community.”

would directly help students,” Keenan says.




reference desk requests last year

52,000 rare and antiquarian books

1,260,323 annual visitors



Numbers AT-A-GLANCE (FY2012) PARENT GIVING BY DESIGNATION 36.1% Academic Divisions

5.8% Athletics

16.1% Other Restricted

4.1% Endowment

15.8% General Unrestricted

0.4% Library

11.1% Student Aid

0.3% Public Service

10.3% Building Funds





TOTAL CHARITABLE GIVING BY YEAR Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, GW received $120,120,438 in charitable gifts including cash, planned gifts such as bequests and annuities, gifts of real estate and personal property, and matching gifts. $80.3

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$66.9 $61.4 $53.6

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2013 Parents Campaign Philanthropy Report  

The Parents Campaign is a university-wide initiative that offers parents the opportunity to help in building and shaping an exemplary educat...

2013 Parents Campaign Philanthropy Report  

The Parents Campaign is a university-wide initiative that offers parents the opportunity to help in building and shaping an exemplary educat...