Encouraging 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 when suggesting gifts be made to the University in lieu of flowers in an obituary.

“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.

Commemorative Gifts

Honoring or memorializing a special person with a gift to the University of Delaware can be tremendously satisfying. It is a formal tribute to a loved one, friend, or colleague that provides valuable support to the University.

Click here for a full list of commemorative gift options.

No matter what their size, gifts to celebrate a family member, classmate, faculty member or friend can be designated toward any existing UD program or fund—perhaps one that would be meaningful to the honored or memorialized individual—or left to the discretion of the University. Honorees and next-of-kin will be informed of your gesture with a customized tribute notification.

To make a tribute 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.

To make a tribute 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 include the name of the individual for whom you are making a gift.

  4. Mail the check and the note to:
    Development and Alumni Relations
    Gifts Receiving and Processing Office
    83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
    Newark, DE 19716


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