WPAOG Parent Handbook 2021-22

51 ANNUAL GIVING TO THE WEST POINT PARENTS FUND IS VITAL TO ENSURING CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR WEST POINT’S CURRENT MARGIN OF EXCELLENCE NEEDS. The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) proudly serves as both an alumni association and a fundraising organization. WPAOG functions as the Academy’s fundraising arm because military personnel and representatives of the federal government are prohibited by law from soliciting funds, goods, or services. While the Academy receives federal funding to support its core programs, which provide the basic requirements to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the United States Army, many important projects and activities fall outside the “core” designation and receive minimal to zero funding from the government. These programs are needed in a highly competitive recruiting environment to attract the very best cadets and faculty. This is why private funding from our alumni, parents, and friends is so important—it fills the gap and supports unique experiences and extraordinary developmental programs that create the Margin of Excellence and provide an educational experience like no other. SUPPORTING WEST POINT & THE LONG GRAY LINE