Parent Giving

A tradition of support for your student and for Rice University.

Parent Giving Results (Fiscal Year 2019)

Dollar Goal: $700,000

Dollars as of June 30: $812,045

Giving totals include gifts to Rice University by parents of current and past students between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Participation Goal: 33%

Participation as of June 30: 27%

Participation rates include all parents of current students who have made gifts to Rice University between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Parent Resources

General Information for Parents
Answers to common questions regarding the events, services & opportunities on campus

Sign Up for the Electronic Newsletter
If you are not receiving the Parents and Families Newsletter, please send us your preferred contact information by emailing with your name, email, student name and student class year.

First Year Programs
Information and resources for both parents and students new to Rice

The Rice Annual Fund

The majority of parents who make a gift to Rice do so through the Rice Annual Fund. More than 2,000 Rice parents gave to the Annual Fund during the 2018–19 fiscal year, providing immediate-use funding that goes to work for students and the university today. Such unrestricted funding enables Rice to respond to new opportunities and funding needs as they arise, fostering the most vibrant university environment possible.

Parents Leadership Council

Share your passion for Rice with other parents.

The mission of the Parents Leadership Council (PLC) is to facilitate philanthropy, act as ambassadors for the university and its students, and foster a welcoming environment for all Rice families. As a giving society, the PLC unites families across the world who are dedicated to participating in a leadership role within the Rice community. PLC members contribute to the Owl experience in many ways, by assisting with internships, externships and career opportunities for students and by attending PLC meetings and special events. 

Your annual Parents Leadership Council gift of $2,500 or more advances the university’s mission and helps provide all Rice students with opportunities to reach their full potential. The 2019–20 PLC is chaired by Kay and David Lasater, parents of Sarah '20.

For more information about joining the Parents Leadership Council, contact Kade Smith, associate director of development for parents and families, at 713-348-5344 or

Rice Family Fellows

Rice parents who support the university with annual gifts of $10,000 or more will be invited to join the Rice Family Fellows (in addition to the PLC). The Family Fellows are a select group of parents committed to enhancing the Rice education and supporting their children’s areas of passion. These philanthropic leaders will enjoy a reception with distinguished faculty for their entire family during Families Weekend each fall. There will also be an opportunity for a dinner with President Leebron during the Rice Family Fellows Spring Dinner on April 17, 2020, along with personalized tours and opportunities to hear from deans and other faculty members throughout the year.

For more information about joining the Family Fellows, contact Diane O'Brien, director of development for parents and families, at 713-348-3287 or

The Parliament: a giving society for loyal Owls

parliament (n.) —  a gathering of owls 

Rice Parents are warmly invited to join The Parliament, Rice University's loyalty giving society dedicated to recognizing Owls who — by making a gift anywhere at Rice for three or more consecutive years — advance the university's students, campus and community.