Carnegie Mellon University

You can make a lasting impact.

Parent and family leadership giving through the Parents Leadership Circle (PLC) and the Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) and is essential to the vision of Carnegie Mellon University. Your generosity creates opportunities for CMU students and faculty to impact society regionally and on a global scale.

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As a parent, you have played an important role in your student’s education.

While this part may be evolving, you can fully engage in your student’s university experience by directly impacting the programs and initiatives that your family cares about at Carnegie Mellon. The Parents Leadership Circle is a dedicated network of philanthropic families whose support not only sustains but enhances the opportunities available to CMU students. Wherever your philanthropic passion lies, you can support it at Carnegie Mellon. 

PLC families host regional events, offer professional connections, and serve as university advocates for prospective families. Membership benefits include special invitations to events, connections to top university leaders, special preferred seating at graduation and a dedicated staff liaison to the university. Not only is your support and engagement key to your own student’s success, it is vital to the CMU community. We hope you will consider joining this dedicated network of families. 

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Parents Leadership Circle (PLC)

The PLC is a community of engaged parents who provide direct financial support of university programs for the benefit of Carnegie Mellon students. These parents and families commit to a $25,000 gift (may be paid in up to five years). PLC gifts are designated to initiatives and programs that are meaningful to parents and families and their students. As some of the most engaged supporters and advocates of Carnegie Mellon, PLC parents and families share their own professional and personal life experiences with students by offering to be mentors as well as offering opportunities for internships and jobs. In addition, they can assist with events such as the admissions panel.

PLC Member Responsibilities

Make a gift or pledge of $25,000 or more; pledges may be paid over time (up to five years). You may direct your gift to any campus activity, program or initiative. 

Current parents or parents of alumni with a minimum of $25,000 in lifetime commitments to Carnegie Mellon may be recognized as members of the Parents Leadership Circle but will be encouraged to continue ongoing support of the university as members of the Andrew Carnegie Society or even higher giving levels.

Benefits of Membership

  • Exclusive access to content-based programs hosted by university leadership
  • Invitations to exclusive events during campus celebration weekends
  • Preferred seating at main commencement ceremony
  • Opportunities for volunteer engagement, such as hosting events
  • Facilitation of internship and employment opportunities for students through the Career & Professional Development Center
  • Making an impact through your philanthropy

Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS)

The ACS is a group of generous parents, alumni and friends who work together to transform the student experience, pave the way for groundbreaking research and help attract talented, collaborative faculty, students and staff. This giving society recognizes generous donors of $2,500 or more annual gifts. Members of the ACS have the opportunity to support financial aid and special projects like the ACS Legacy Scholarships, small undergraduate research grants, and student experience enhancements through their philanthropy. ACS members enjoy exclusive courtesies and opportunities for engagement through ACS. LEARN MORE