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Parents' Fund

Welcome parents and families!

The College of Charleston has been helping students reach their highest potential for over 240 years. We are student focused and parents, grandparents, and family members play an essential role in maintaining our core values. The Parents’ Fund is the avenue that families use each year to declare their impact on their student and the values of the College.

The Parents’ Fund supports student programming, our low faculty-student ratio, and student scholarships.  The Parents’ Fund supports your student and ensures that the transformative education he or she receives will allow them to flourish and create a lifetime of opportunities and connections.

Your gift to the Parents' Fund makes a direct impact on every aspect of your child’s education.

Help the school your child loves, declare your impact and make a gift today!

Thank you for considering the Parents’ Fund in your philanthropic priorities!


There are no small gifts

All donors—no matter the size of their gift—enrich life at the College of Charleston. Smaller gifts add up quickly to make a substantial impact over a year. Gifts from parents are a show of involvement, passion and confidence in the College of Charleston, and strengthen our University's stature.  The strength of parent giving lies in the participation of all College of Charleston parents. Every gift is appreciated and every gift is fully tax deductible.

Philanthropy, the state, and tuition all play a role

If the school was supported by tuition alone, we’d barely make it through the first semester before we would have to call it a day! Tuition at the College really only covers about half the expenses at the College. Yet, private support, such as supporters of the Parents’ Fund, help keep those doors open long past first semester; keeps students in their seats, and faculty at the front of the classroom. Philanthropy enhances the entire campus.

A Cougar Welcome

Striking a pose with Clyde

We welcome all our incoming students and families with our Parents' Fund Orientation Photobooth featuring the one and only Clyde the Cougar.

Want to get in touch?

Laurie Soenen

Laurie Soenen

Executive Director, Annual Giving Programs & Parent Advisory Council

Phone: (843) 953-3418

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424