GW staff donate to give-a-gift

Give-A-Gift is a signature event and tradition at the George Washington University where all members of the GW community -- students, faculty, staff and alumni -- provide holiday gifts to families in Washington, D.C. 

For over 25 years, the GW community has stepped forward to support our neighbors with gifts for the holidays. This holiday season, we are hosting a gift giving fundraiser to continue our support of the D.C. community. Please contribute to this GW tradition!


How it Works

Participating individuals and teams can make monetary donations or purchase gifts from the wishlist. 

Gift recipients are identified by Washington, D.C. agencies and community partners. This year our partners include Academy of HopeCentroNía, Latin American Youth Center, Housing Up!, D.C. Department of Human Services, and DCPS Connected Schools.


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Participating individuals and teams are encouraged to make donations in increments of $30.

  • A $30 donation will provide an individual one gift
  • A $60 donation will provide two individuals on gift
  • A $90 donation will provide three individuals (in many cases on family) one gift each
  • Each multiple of $30 will provide an individual one gift 

Depending on their age and what each family member requests, the gift provided may be clothing, a toy, a household item, or an educational gift.

Buy a Gift


Purchase a gift off the Give-A-Gift wishlist. Gifts have been identified by our community partners. In addition to holiday gifts, our wish list includes winter care package items for DCPS Connected Schools students and families. 

Please talk with your office, your team, or your student organization and come together to support our D.C. neighbors. By sharing the costs equitably among members, it becomes much more affordable to spread extra holiday cheer to the D.C. community.

We will collect contributions through Tuesday, December 20th, 2022.



Q: How are the people who get gifts selected?

Our community partners work closely with families in the D.C. area and these organizations work with the families to determine those who will receive gifts.


Q: Can I drop off an item with the Nashman Center or send a gift certificate to you? 

No, we do not have the ability to distribute these to our partners. Please purchase an item from our wishlist or make a monetary donation.


Q: Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, donations to Give-A-Gift are tax deductible as donations to GW.


Q: What's the difference between a donation and buying from the wishlist?

The only difference is how the gifts are received by the community partners. Some partners will use monetary donations to purchase gifts while others will accept the gifts directly sent from the wishlist.



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