Commemorative Gifts

Honoring or memorializing a special person or occasion with a commemorative gift to the University of Delaware can be tremendously satisfying.  While serving as a formal tribute to a loved one, friend, colleague or milestone, the gift also provides valuable support to the University.

Commemorative gifts of any amount can be designated toward any existing UD program or fund—often one that would be meaningful to the honored or memorialized individual.  Honorees and next-of-kin are informed of all commemorative gifts with a customized tribute notification.

Click the links below for more information on commemorative gifts.

Special Naming Opportunties

Commemorative gifts can be given to acquire naming privileges at the University. Options and required gift minimums are provided below.

Bricks

Donors who make annual gifts of $1,000* or more become members of the University’s leadership annual giving society, the Delaware Diamonds Society.  One benefit of Delaware Diamonds Society membership is that those who give at this level for five consecutive years are eligible to have an engraved brick added to the Delaware Diamonds Society Walkway.

Bricks on the Walkway may be engraved to honor or memorialize an individual. This option requires the signing of a gift agreement, pledging a minimum of $1,000 or more per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for five consecutive years.  The conditions are as follows:

  • The first year’s gift must be allocated to the Campus Beautification fund to alleviate the costs for brick installation and maintenance. All subsequent gifts thereafter may be designated to any allocation.

  • A maximum of two persons and/or households may sign the gift agreement with one of the signers identified as the primary stewardship contact.

  • The primary stewardship contact will be the recipient of all communication related to the commemorative brick and will be solely responsible for all payments.

  • At the time that the gift agreement is signed, the primary stewardship contact will receive one engraved brick as a memento; once the pledge has been fulfilled, a second brick will be installed on the Walkway, and the stewardship contacts will be notified.

Bricks are installed each year during the late summer and early fall, in time for UD Homecoming.  The Office of Development and Alumni Relations does not manage other ceremonies, events or dedications associated with named brick installations.

*Graduates of the last decade are afforded Delaware Diamonds Society membership for $500 per year. Current students are afforded Delaware Diamonds Society membership for $250 per year. In each case, a five year commitment is still necessary to obtain an engraved brick.

To have a named brick placed on campus, please follow these guidelines:

  • Download the Delaware Diamonds Society brick pledge form

  • Include your first payment (optional)

  • Mail the filled out and signed gift agreement to:
    University of Delaware Gift and Record Management
    83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
    Newark, DE 19716

Named Funds

Three types of funds may be established to commemorate a person or a milestone.  Each option requires the signing of a customized UD gift agreement.

Endowed funds:  Establishing an endowed fund provides support that will serve as a lasting tribute and will benefit the University in perpetuity.  Endowments can support named scholarships, fellowships, professorships, capital projects and other designations across campus.  The minimum gift amount required to establish a named endowed fund is $50,000; however, minimums may be higher, depending on the type of fund chosen.

Term funds:  Establishing a term fund provides a short-term tribute that will support the University via current-use funds.  Term gifts can support colleges, departments, capital projects and several other designations across campus. The minimum gift amount required to establish a named term fund is $25,000.  As this is not an endowed fund, the name of the fund shall be NAME OF DONOR(s) OR HONOREE(S) ANNUAL FUND, e.g. “John and Sara Smith Annual Fund.”

Annual scholarship funds: Establishing an annual scholarship fund provides a short-term tribute in the form of a four-year scholarship. The requirements are as follows:

  • A total, minimum commitment of $20,000 ($5,000 per year for four years) is required.

  • Annual payments on fund commitments are due by December 31 of each year, to ensure selection and application to students during the freshman awarding process and for planning for the coming academic year.

  • As this is not an endowed fund, the name of the scholarship shall be NAME OF DONOR(s) OR HONOREE(S) ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP, e.g. “John and Sara Smith Annual Scholarship.”

To discuss establishing a named fund, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 302-831-2104.

Named Spaces

Capital projects provide unique opportunities to support the University’s infrastructure while paying tribute to individuals or milestones by naming a space on campus.  Space options and required gift amounts vary by project, but might include benches, gardens, rooms, offices, walkways, laboratories, commons areas and floors/wings, in addition to the overall building name.  Named spaces are available only on occasion as projects warrant them, and require the signing of a customized gift agreement.

To discuss naming a space on campus, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 302-831-2104.

Collaborative Giving

Donors of commemorative gifts often wish to unite with others to celebrate a graduating class, anniversary, milestone or any other occasion. 

With this thought, donors may make individual gifts to support the same existing, non-named fund at the University to make a unified impact in memory of in honor of an individual, milestone or occasion. 

Donors can also a make a unified impact by with gifts to different existing, non-named fund at the University commemorating the same individual, milestone or occasion.

Examples of collaborative giving include commemorating the retirement of a faculty member, a reunion or graduation year or remembering a loved one.

To discuss collaborative giving, please contact please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 302-831-2104.

How to make a commemorative gift

Named spaces and other physical commemoratives have specific restrictions, as noted in the Special Naming Opportunities section, above.  The instructions listed here apply to all other commemorative gifts.

To make a commemorative gift via credit card, please use our secure online form.

  1. Be sure to answer Yes to the question, Is this gift an honorary or memorial gift? 

  2. Then, in the Special Instructions section, please give the name of the individual for whom you are making the gift and include the honoree’s or the next-of-kin’s contact information.

To make a commemorative gift via check, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Make the check payable to: “University of Delaware.”

  2. In the check’s memo section, please note the gift designation.

  3. Include a brief note with your check, to give the name of the individual for whom you are making a gift. Please include the honoree’s or the next-of-kin’s contact information, so that we can send them a customized tribute.

  4. Mail the check and the note to:
    University of Delaware
    Gift and Record Management
    83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
    Newark, DE 19716

In most cases, commemorative gifts may be designated to any area within the University for restricted or unrestricted use, including to many (but not all) existing endowed funds. Examples include: academic departments, special interest groups, clubs, scholarships, etc.

If the donor does not indicate a designation, gifts less than $10,000 are directed to the Initiative Fund, which supports the areas that need it most at the University.  Those above $10,000 are directed at the discretion of the Associate Vice President.

Commemorative Gifts in lieu of flowers

Remembering Someone Special

After the loss of a loved one, you may choose to suggest in the obituary that friends and family make a gift to the University of Delaware in lieu of flowers.  The University truly appreciates your thoughtfulness during this difficult time. We encourage you to use the provided text below in an obituary when suggesting gifts be made to the University in lieu of flowers.

“In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to [designation or fund] at the University of Delaware. Please send contributions to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line the fund name and the person’s name for whom the gift is being made.”

Please notify us when you decide to encourage gifts in lieu of flowers, or with any questions.

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