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Giving to the College

Parent Associates

As a Philanthropy Council Parent Associate, you grow the philanthropic connection between your parent community and the College. You serve an important role on the Lewis & Clark Philanthropy Council (LCPC), contributing to LCPC’s overarching goals of increasing parent involvement and giving.

Each year, LCPC sets goals for parent associates. This year’s goals for the team are:

  • Increase the number of parents giving to the Parents Fund to 1,130. Last year, 1,091 current and past parents gave.
  • Increase parent membership in the Leadership Society to 100. Last year, 96 current and past parents gave $1,000+. Starting this year, the entry giving level to the Leadership Society was raised to $1,867 in honor of LC’s Sesquicentennial.
  • Fundraise $30,000 from parent associate outreach. Last year, the Parents Fund raised over $280,000.

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 Class Associate Duties

  • Practice what you preach – make your own gift by February 1
  • Select 10-20 parents to personally steward throughout the year
  • Ask other parents to give via email, phone calls, and/or personal notes
  • Post, like, and share about giving to LC on social media
  • Personally thank parents when they give
  • Read and actively participate in LCPC communications and trainings
  • Recruit 2 other parents to be Parent Associates each year


Time Commitment
There are three 4-week sessions each year:

  1. October 16, 2017 – November 10, 2017 [Not taking place this year]
  2. March 13, 2018 – April 10, 2018
  3. May 7, 2018 – June 1, 2018

Each session, you’ll spend about 10-20 hours volunteering (or 2-5 hours per week) depending on how many classmates you select.

Your time as a Parent Associate is not termed. However, we do ask you serve at least one year. After one year as a Parent Associate, you are eligible to become a Parent Director.

You are supported! Annual Giving offers several ways to help you become more confident in your role. Some of those ways include:

  • Comprehensive packets and materials
  • Examples and templates
  • Conference calls
  • Live and recorded webinars
  • Regular updates and reports
  • LCPC Parent Listserv to communicate with other Parent Associates


Join Lewis & Clark Philanthropy Council and make a difference! You’ll bring your classmates closer together and foster a community of philanthropy. It can’t happen without you.

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Inquiries are always welcome. Contact Julie Newsome at or 503-768-7963.