Get Involved

The Parent & Family Association and the Office of Parent & Family Giving are dedicated to serving the spectrum of parent needs at UCLA. Here you will find information about opportunities to engage with both of these resources just for Bruin families.

Parent & Family Giving

UCLA Parent & Family Giving offers you an opportunity to show pride in your Bruin and enhance the overall student experience by supporting any area across campus. Gifts can be designated for the UCLA Parents Fund, or for a specific academic department, campus resource, student club, and more.

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Every gift makes a difference, and when parents come together your collective contributions have a huge impact. Last year, current families contributed more than $3 million! By giving to UCLA, you can help bridge the gap between tuition and state support — which only covers a portion of the cost to fully educate a student. To make a gift online, click here. To learn about giving via check, stock transfer, company match, and more click here.

The UCLA Chancellor’s Society recognizes donors who are able to go above and beyond. These leadership donors support UCLA with an annual gift of $1,000+. Learn more by visiting: https://chancellorssociety.ucla.edu/parents/

Why Parents Give

“UCLA is a proudly public institution. And when we use the word ‘public,’ take a moment to think about what that really means – the public good, the public interest, public health – these are all enhanced by the public University. UCLA is a unique place where excellence and opportunity can co-exist equally for the betterment of us all. So, we need to invest in and strengthen our public universities today, and for generations to come.” – Sean Cumiskey ’90, Parent 2025

“Every gift, regardless of the size, makes a difference and we want to be a part of helping ensure that UCLA remains a leading university for our son and all future Bruins.” – Shawn Feuerstein, Parent 2020

“When we learned that there are so many students in need due to financial hardship, we decided to contribute financially. There is a Chinese proverb, ‘delivering charcoal to those in the snow,’ which means offering help to the most needy. It has always been a mantra in my family. We think our hearts are like a mirror, when you are generous and help others, you will get smiles and positive energy in return. It’s a win-win!” – Anonymous, Parent 2021

“Giving back is part of the culture here. Just as we’ve received from UCLA, we have the privilege and honor as Bruin parents to give back to the University that means so much to each of us.” – Dan and Helen Low, Parent 2017, 2019

Contact Parent & Family Giving:

Our job is to connect you with UCLA in ways that are meaningful to you and your family. We are excited to be your partners in philanthropy and sincerely appreciate your support.

Vanessa Arredondo
Director, Parent & Family Giving
varredondo@support.ucla.edu | Schedule a Call

Caroline Fontes
Assistant Director, Parent & Family Giving
cfontes@support.ucla.edu | Schedule a Call

Main Office
(310) 206-2500
parentgiving@support.ucla.edu

Parent & Family Association

The Parent & Family Association’s (PFA) mission is to offer UCLA parents and family members opportunities for involvement in campus and regional activities that promote the University and enrich their students’ college experience, to provide parents and family members with a formal link to the University, and to make the college experience as positive for parents as it is for students.

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PFA believes an informed and supportive family plays an integral role in a student’s educational success. To that end, the program is the “one-stop shop” for all of your UCLA questions and needs. The PFA team engages families regularly through a variety of resources and opportunities including the following:


Volunteer Opportunities

PFA volunteers welcome students and families to campus, provide assistance with University initiatives, and support the program’s efforts. Volunteer participation is unquestionably vital to the success of UCLA programs and events throughout the year. You don’t have to live in Los Angeles to make a difference; parent and family volunteers come from all over the world! Learn more about becoming a parent volunteer here and consider applying for the 2023-24 UCLA Parents’ Council when the application opens in April 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about UCLA or your Bruin’s experience, but aren’t quite sure where to look for your answer? The PFA Frequently Asked Questions page is a great place to begin. It outlines common parent questions and answers, and includes links to important resources.


Social Media

PFA regularly shares information and opportunities through the official UCLA Parents Facebook page, including important deadlines, upcoming parent involvement events and happenings around campus. Parents typically use Facebook as another vehicle to reach the PFA team and stay up-to-date with UCLA. You can also find PFA on Instagram and on Twitter.


Parent & Family Guide

The Parent & Family Guide provides a comprehensive overview of many important aspects about the University including an overview of academic requirements, housing and campus dining, financial matters and student and campus life.


Helpline & Email Assistance

Parents and families can call or email the Parent & Family Helpline with any question, big or small. If you have a question, please call (310)794-6737 or send an email at mybruinis@ucla.edu.


Quarterly Newsletter

Bruinlink is a digital parent and family newsletter that is published five times a year (including a special issue for new families). It is designed to inform parents of growing university trends, college student development and their role as a parent of a college student.

Parent Testimonial

“Sharing in our son’s college experience is our favorite part of being Bruin parents. During our son’s second year at UCLA, we attended a few football games and loved the virtual tours of campus and his classes. Being part of the Bruin community is very special because we genuinely feel like parents and family members are cared for and honored by the university. The university knows that the success of its students partly relies upon the support students receive from their families. The most significant moment for us so far was attending the 2021 Bruin Family Weekend in person and seeing the pride our son has in being a Bruin. He gave us a tour of campus, and we could see how honored he felt to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the country. We are so proud of our son’s fantastic opportunities, such as working on research projects with his professors, his involvement with numerous clubs on campus, and his school pride for athletic events. We look forward to the continued success of our Bruin and for him to take advantage of the networks, career pathways, and world-class education that UCLA offers.”

– Ernesto and Lupe Vela, Parents ‘24