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 25 years, the GW community has stepped forward to support our neighbors with gifts for the holidays. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to collect and distribute physical gifts, so this year we are hosting a 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 donations in increments of $30.  

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

Families are identified by Washington, D.C. agencies and community partners. This year our partners include Academy of HopeCentroNiaLatin American Youth CenterHousing Up!, and D.C. Department of Human Services.  

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.

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.

Please consider supporting a family or two!


We will collect donations for gifts through Friday, December 10, 2021 to allow our partners time to purchase and distribute gifts to families.  




Q: How are the people who get gifts selected?

Our community partners work closely with families in the DC 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?  At the partner organization?

No, due to COVID-19 restrictions, many GW staff and most Nashman Center staff are not working on campus full-time. Similarly, our community partners are limiting in person contact.


Q: Can I send a gift certificate to you?

No, we do not have the ability to distribute these to our partners, we will distribute all the funds received to our partner organizations for further distribution.


Q: Why is the deadline December 10, 2021 and not later?

Our partners need time to accept the funds and ensure equitable distribution to the families they work with.


Q: Are donations tax deductible?

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


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