Growth in giving
Donors contribute record $63.9 million to University
2:03 p.m., Aug. 7, 2014--Fiscal year 2014 marked another record-setting fundraising year for the University of Delaware, with more than 37,000 donors contributing $63.9 million to support students, faculty, facilities and operations.
“We’re so grateful for the private support that propels UD forward,” says President Patrick Harker. “We firmly believe that the work we’re doing giving our students an affordable, first-rate education while developing the research to address today’s complex problems is essential. The fact that so many alumni and friends share this belief is deeply gratifying."
A hospitable job market
The past six years have seen an impressive increase in private philanthropy, with donor support growing from $26.4 million in 2008-09 to more than double that figure this past fiscal year.
“We can see the tremendous impact of these gifts,” says Monica Taylor, vice president of development and alumni relations, who cites the increase in student support and the opening of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) as two prominent examples.
UD students benefit every day from the philanthropic support of UD alumni and friends – from the buildings where they learn, to the faculty who help to open their minds to new ideas and the incredible research opportunities available to them. These are all made possible by the generosity of UD constituents.
ISE Lab, the single largest academic building project in the University’s history, relies heavily on philanthropy as a funding component. Officially opened in October 2013, ISE Lab serves as an incubator for research and innovation and a training ground for students and future scientists.
“We’re doing everything to make a UD education accessible and affordable, all while shaping the national dialogue on issues that matter most and solving some of the most persistent problems that still plague us,” says Harker. “This is why private support is so vital it strengthens our mission and takes us from great to even greater.”
Philanthropic gifts to the University are managed by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.