Parents Fund

The bedrock of Lab’s philanthropy efforts, the Parents Fund provides the Schools with funds that allow Lab to continue to invest in the people and programs that are the essence of the Lab educational experience.

Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. Parents may choose to direct their gift to a broad priority that reflects where and how they hope to enhance the individual experience of our children.  

Possibilities, where Lab needs it most

Whether it is responding to an emerging opportunity, bringing a teacher’s innovative idea to reality, or a supporting a family facing an unforeseen hardship, unrestricted gifts make it possible for the Schools to continue to go beyond the expected in providing an outstanding education to every student.

Tuition Assistance, becoming a Labbie

An important priority for Lab, these funds make education affordable to those families—across all campuses—whose children would otherwise not be able to attend or remain enrolled in Lab.

Academic Programs & Faculty Support, sustaining and enriching leading edge programs

These funds specifically support classroom environments affording new tools and opportunities for both students and teachers to endure and excel, ranging from new teaching terrains to innovative program development and guest speakers.

Co-curriculars, learning beyond the classroom

These funds supports student pursuits beyond the academic curriculum. Lab offers a wealth of experiences from Model UN, to soccer, to Bel Canto—and we want to makes sure every student has the opportunity to experiment and enjoy Lab's extracurriculars and expand their experiential horizons.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help?

You can help set an example by making your gift early. We welcome your involvement in helping to spread the word to your fellow parents about the importance of supporting the Parents Fund. If you are interested in sharing your time to volunteer for the Parents Fund, please reach out:

Office of Alumni Relations and Development
Belfield West, Suite N104
773-702-0578
parentsfund@ucls.uchicago.edu

I have given to the Annual Fund for years, is the Parents Fund something different?

The Parents Fund is an evolution of the Annual Fund. Parents have voiced a desire to support things that their children are interested in. The Parents Fund allows families to designate their gifts to an area that is particularly meaningful to them. Possibilities is the unrestricted option which provides support where it is needed most.

Can University faculty and staff make gifts through payroll deduction?

Yes. Download and fill out the payroll deduction form here.

Can my company match my gift?

It is possible that your company offers a matching gift program. Talk with your HR representative about your company’s matching gift process. You may also check this database for companies with matching gift opportunities here.

How is the Parents Fund different from Senior Class Scholarship?

Senior Class Scholarship raises money for a scholarship fund, named in honor of the graduating class. The Class of 2019 Scholarship will be endowed after raising at least $100,000 and will provide a partial scholarship for a deserving U-High student. All senior parents will be invited to contribute to this cause, which their seniors will support and steward for years to come. While parents of seniors are welcome to make a donation to the Parents Fund, this is an important year for senior families, and we hope they will be inspired to honor their graduate with a generous contribution to the class scholarship.

Does a gift to the Parents Fund count towards Lab’s recognition societies?

Yes. Any gift to Lab helps to build your qualification towards a recognition society and its benefits.