SMPA is committed to educating the next generation of communicators by providing our students with opportunities for success in the classroom and beyond. Donors to GW provide our students and faculty with the resources and experience they need to excel.

Browse available funds and click “Donate Now” to make a gift online.

Gifts by check may be mailed to:
GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Attention: SMPA Development  
805 21st Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20052

SMPA Career Access Network

The SMPA Career Access Network (CAN) will fund student internships, enhance professional connections by supporting networking events, and create community by helping launch a student-alumni mentoring program. Learn more here.

SMPA Director's Fund

Gifts to The School of Media and Public Affairs at GW make an enduring difference in the lives of students and help foster a culture of philanthropy among our alumni, parents, students, and friends.

SMPA Power & Promise Fund for Student Aid

Help us to educate the very best undergraduates regardless of their financial status. Nearly two-thirds of GW undergrads receive some form of financial aid from the university.

The Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Fund

Two SMPA students receive Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prizes each year.  One prize is given to a promising political communication student, the other to a journalism/mass communication major.  The awards will allow these students to collaborate with a faculty member, travel for research or reporting projects, or attend events to present a paper or project. This fund honors two legendary SMPA faculty members, Jarol Manheim, who literally wrote the book on strategic communication and led the development of the political communication major at GW, and Chris Sterling, who with his booming voice and deep research on radio brought media history to life.

The J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund

Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund permits SMPA students to benefit from enriching summer internship experiences that they otherwise might not be able to afford. It allows students majoring or minoring in journalism an internship experience for students majoring or minoring in jouirn in the summer after junior year with an established media organization. The experiential learning and networking opportunities that proceed from hands-on work with professionals in the field is invaluable for those considering a career in journalism. The Fund honors late SMPA Professor J. Michael Shanahan (1943-2014), by supporting an area that Professor Shanhan cared about deeply and worked on extensively:  student internships.

If donating online, please designate "J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund" in the comments section of the form.

Planet Forward

Planet Forward identifies, celebrates and rewards ideas to solve global environmental challenges. Using the web, video, social media, television and live events, Planet Forward leads a conversation on our planet’s future. Planet Forward is produced by the Center for Innovative Media at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication provides a forum for faculty, students, and working professionals to address global and gender issues at the intersection of new media, national security, foreign policy, strategic communication, and public diplomacy. The Institute is based at SMPA and jointly administered with GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.

The Documentary Center

For 25 years, The Documentary Center has been committed to teaching documentary film production and to creating non-fiction films for domestic and international audiences. The Documentary Center has been ranked one of the top ten schools for documentary filmmaking and is one of the few educational centers in the nation that focuses exclusively on non-fiction film. The Documentary Center housed within SMPA’s Center for Innovative Media.