Giving to UD
The success and advancement of the University of Delaware is built on the tradition of support from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends. The generosity of our donors – people just like you – is what funds the groundbreaking research, builds high-tech buildings and labs, and provides the resources we need to attract and retain excellent professors and bright students.
Support your passion! Make your gift today to an area of the University that means the most to you.
Our most popular funds include:
General Scholarship Fund
Scholarships are transformative for UD students. Financial support through the General Scholarship Fund allows students to achieve their dreams of a college education, while helping the University create citizens who are well prepared to make an impact. It is vital for the sustained success of the University and the health of our communities that all students who meet the rigorous standards for admissions are able to attend regardless of financial need.
UD Athletic Fund
UD Athletics is a hallmark of student life, and a hub for alumni and community engagement. The mission of the UD Athletics Fund is to offer a comprehensive athletic experience along with the finest education possible for more than 600 student-athletes on UD's varsity teams. Investing in the UDAF is an investment in the future of UD student-athletes, ensuring ongoing excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field.
UD Initiative Fund
The UD Initiative Fund is designed so that donors can support the areas that need it most at the University. These funds are unrestricted and go directly to what is needed most that academic year. Financial aid is the most pressing requirement, but there are academic and social programs, faculty support, facility renovations and technology upgrades that are all supported by the UD Initiative Fund.
The University of Delaware Library is an innovator in identifying, acquiring and making accessible a broad range of electronic library resources. Your gift to the UD Library help cover the costs of resources, materials, services and facilities. By constantly updating technology and resources, students, faculty and staff always have access to the most current information available.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The cutting-edge teaching and research led by 72 faculty members, drives the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and its 800 students to seek solutions that provide food, fiber, and fuel to all people everywhere without compromising our precious natural resources. A core agriculture repository for knowledge accrued over three millennia, while also the crucible for forging new discoveries, new policies, and new leaders in the college’s five departments and nine centers innovate only with annual gifts that fuel faculty support, tuition assistance, and fund programs like UD’s Creamery and Cooperative Extension
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
With a mission to foster scholarship in the successful management and leadership of organizations operating in an environment of scarce resources, rapid change, global competition, and advances in technology, the 120 faculty members in the Lerner College of Business and Economics focus their 3,500 students on achieving excellence. Annual gifts enable the college to attract the best students, develop distinctive educational opportunities, find and retain talented faculty, provide global perspective in programs, lead in information technology management, and partner in the private sector.
College of Arts & Sciences
As the largest college at UD, the College of Arts & Sciences is home to 23 departments and 27 interdisciplinary programs. With 10,000 students on campus, the college burgeons with creativity and diversity, finding collaboration in every opportunity, whether a lecture series on the Middle East, developing a new computer technology called Phoebus, founding art conservation programs in Iraq, or forging study abroad programs in Russia and Tunisia. The scope and scale of the college creates an unparalleled demand for annual funds that support tuition needs, innovative programs, and the 300 faculty that make it all happen.
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Dedicated to advancing knowledge, use, and conservation of the earth, its oceans, and its other resources, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is by definition, interdisciplinary—reflecting the sweeping, interrelated issues that broadly affect the earth’s systems. From geology to oceanography, geography to marine biosciences, on two campuses with nine undergraduate offerings and 14 graduate offerings—all require essential support from annual gifts that provide tuition assistance, faculty support, and program initiatives.
College of Education and Human Development
The College of Education and Human Development is dedicated to finding solutions to the most pressing social issues of our time. Over 300 faculty and staff are committed to creating skilled professionals who will effectively teach students in classrooms and enhance the quality of life for children and families, in our community and around the world. To offer a high-quality education to our 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students grounded in real world experiences — student teaching, internships and clinical fieldwork — requires essential support from annual gifts through tuition assistance, faculty support and innovative program initiatives.
College of Engineering
With 3,100 students in six departments and a mission to advance the discovery and application of new knowledge in engineering and science and develop leaders of our technology driven society—the College of Engineering’s five strategic initiatives focus on interdisciplinary research, global outreach, innovation and entrepreneurship, graduate education, and diversity. It takes reliable, annual gifts to provide vital funding support for the outstanding faculty, students, and programs in all five initiatives.
College of Health Sciences
With eight academic programs in everything from biomechanics and movement sciences to nursing to health services administration and physical therapy, the College of Health Sciences' focus on health care through experiential and multi-disciplinary education is renowned. Annual gifts speak to the essential and core role of higher education-- tuition assistance, faculty support, and innovative program initiatives.