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The Parent Challenge

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Parent Challenge

"Your gift ensures that students continue to experience the world-class educational and extracurricular opportunities that have positioned WashU among the world's top institutions of higher learning. Every gift from a WashU parent strengthens the activities that take place both inside and outside the classroom during the transformative college years."    

- Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum

Washington University greatly appreciates the generosity of Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum, who have issued a $100,000 challenge to inspire parents of Washington University students and alumni to join the Eliot Society.

How the Challenge Works

The Parent Challenge for the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, issued by the Bucksbaum family, will provide the following (up to $100,000):

$1,000 for each new family joining the Eliot Society at any level
$2,500 for each current Eliot Society family that increases its annual support by one level or more

How Parents Gifts Are Used

Gifts to the Parents Annual Fund directly support students' undergraduate schools or other Annual Fund programs as designated by the donors. These resources provide deans and directors the flexibility to fund top priorities in their schools and programs. All schools focus on scholarships, internships and career development.

Thank you to all parents and families who join us in having an impact on the undergraduate experience. We celebrate your commitment!

About the Bucksbaums

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum reside in Chicago and serve as co-chairs of the Washington University Parents Council and chairs of the Parents Annual Fund. John is the founder and chief executive officer of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC, an owner and developer of shopping centers and mixed-use projects. Jacolyn is a philantropist and civic leader with extensive nonprofit leadership experience. She currently serves on the boards of The Latin School of Chicago, the Chicago International Film Festival, and the Moadon Kol Chadash.

The Bucksbaums have two sons, Eli and Max. Max is a member of Washington University's Arts & Sciences Class of 2019, and Eli attends the Latin School of Chicago.

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