Rice Family Fellows

The Rice Family Fellows program is a giving society for parents and family members who are committed to fulfilling the university's mission to provide a transformative undergraduate education to its students. By generously supporting the programs and initiatives that matter most to their students, Family Fellows are philanthropic leaders in the Rice community.

Family Fellows share a personalized connection with Rice leadership. Through experiences like specialized campus tours and exclusive communication from deans and faculty members throughout the year, Family Fellows are able to deeply engage with the university. Family Fellows and their Owls are also invited to signature events – past examples include a reception with the Rice president and distinguished faculty during Families Weekend in the fall. Family Fellows is a wonderful way to make an impact on initiatives you find important while involving your entire family in the Rice community – we encourage all members of your family to participate and attend events!

Parent Giving Arc

The Arc of Parent Giving

You can optimize your philanthropy at Rice by structuring the size and complexity of your giving each year in relation to your student’s experiences and passion. This chart outlines a giving strategy popular among Rice parents.

Your Family's Comprehensive Gift

Typically, Rice families bundle their annual contributions with more targeted gifts into a single, comprehensive philanthropic package to maximize its impact across the institution. As illustrated in the chart below, there is no single typical comprehensive gift, and giving comes in many forms.

PLEASE NOTE: Your family’s comprehensive gift can include stocks, bonds, securities, matching gifts and mutual funds. Our gift planning team can also assist you in exploring how to give through your estate and retirement planning or through gifts of assets. To learn more, visit giftplan.rice.edu.

Comprehensive Giving Example
Family Legacy

The Power of Rice Parents

Rice University is built on a foundation of generosity. Today, Rice parents are vital members of this community of support, with a unique perspective on the power of a Rice education.

The Rice Annual Fund is one of the most important ways parents can equip our students with exceptional resources. Annual Fund gifts have an immediate impact on every current student, including yours, through unrestricted support for Rice’s powerful academic and research environment, residential college life, dynamic career development and leadership resources, and diverse student programs.

Current and past Rice parents made gifts to the Rice Annual Fund last year totaling $600,000 toward the approximately $8 million raised each year.

We invite you to visit giving.rice.edu/parents to learn more about the impact Rice parents and families can have on today’s students.

Rice Family

A Commitment to Leadership

As a Rice Family Fellow, you are among a group of parents similarly committed to supporting Rice, representing parent interests and taking a part in initiatives on campus and beyond. This distinction includes the following leadership and engagement opportunities:

  • The chance to personally interact with the president, distinguished faculty and other Rice leaders.
  • Invitations to exclusive events, both on campus and around the country.
  • Potential to serve on university committees or advisory boards.
  • Opportunities for personal engagement based on the family’s interests

We look forward to learning more about your family’s distinctive impact on Rice. To discuss the Rice Family Fellows, please contact Diane O’Brien, Director of Development—Parents and Families, at 713-348-3287 or dobrien@rice.edu.


We invite you to mark your own bold impact on Rice's future. Let us know what programs and opportunities you would like to discuss by contacting us at stewardship@rice.edu.

Giving to Rice

Development & Alumni Relations
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-4991
Email: giving@rice.edu

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