Parent Giving

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

Parent Giving Results (Fiscal Year 2017)

Dollar Goal: $700,000

Dollars as of June 30: $564,285

Giving totals include gifts to Rice University by parents of current and past students between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

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, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Parent Resources

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

Parents & Families Form
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First Year Programs
Information and resources for both parents and students new to Rice

Ways to Get Involved 
Learn more about great ways to get involved with Rice as Owl parents and families, from attending events and volunteering to fundraising. 

The Rice Annual Fund

The majority of parents who make a gift to Rice do so through the Rice Annual Fund. More than 1,400 Rice parents gave to the Annual Fund during the 2015–16 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 is to facilitate philanthropy, to act as a group of ambassadors for the university and to foster a welcoming environment for all families. Parents Leadership Council (PLC) members contribute to Rice in many ways, fostering relationships with parents, alumni and students, assisting with internships, externships and career opportunities for students, welcoming new families to the Owl community, and attending PLC meetings and special events. 

The PLC is essential to university life, and members’ yearly commitments of $2,500 or more greatly enhance the Rice student experience. The 2016–17 PLC is chaired by Michael and Janet Scott, parents of Zack '17 and Taylor ’20.

For more information about joining the Parents Leadership Council, contact Diane O'Brien, associate director of the Rice Annual Fund, 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 new loyalty giving society dedicated to recognizing Owls who — by making a gift anywhere at Rice for three or more consecutive years — advance Rice’s students, campus and community.

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