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Why Give


UD’s extraordinary success is fueled by the power of collective giving. Every donor and every gift makes a profound impact on the University community.


Every year, thousands of alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students give back to UD.


They give to change the world. They give to propel UD forward. They give for reasons as vibrant and varied as UD's people and programs. Most importantly, they give because they believe in the University of Delaware.


Why will you give? Make your gift today. 

Your Generosity, Their Success

Dedicated UD donors like you help transform lives and the world by empowering students, changing campus, inspiring faculty and building a lasting legacy at the University.

UD’s first cohort of games studies and esports majors are putting classroom lessons into practice as interns at companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, esports and game development.


The first cohort of games studies and esports majors are putting their classroom lessons into practice as they intern in industries ranging from gaming to healthcare.


Dustin Braden, who received his master’s degree from the University of Delaware in 2023, was the lead author on a study that verified the accuracy of remote sensing products that measure forest extent in Mexico. Braden, along with other researchers from UD and an international team of collaborators, looked at forest extent estimates from seven land or tree cover remote sensing products and compared them to two independent forest inventory datasets.


A group of UD researchers teamed up with international collaborators and combined different products and datasets to develop a forest extent map for Mexico.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new wound management products that include patented hydrogels invented by UD material scientist Darrin Pochan and Joel Schneider, a former UD faculty member now at the National Cancer Institute. Licensed for use by Gel4Med, a Harvard University-based biomaterials engineering company, the unique UD hydrogel materials are made of peptides — the building blocks of proteins — that self-assemble to form a 3D matrix and are compatible with living cells.


The FDA recently approved two new wound management products that include UD-developed hydrogels that self-assemble to form a 3D matrix to better treat chronic open wounds.

University of Delaware women's lacrosse defender Madison Hranicka has been named a USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American Honorable Mention.


Graduate student Madison Hranicka was named a USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American Honorable Mention, becoming the first UD women’s lacrosse player to earn the honor since 2002.

Oluebube Akujieze (left) is following in her mother’s footsteps. She’ll graduate with her degree in medical laboratory science this May. Her mother obtained her MLS degree from UD’s College of Health Sciences in 2019.


When Uche Agbasi earned her bachelor of science in medical laboratory science in 2019, she inspired her daughter, Oluebube Akujieze, to follow in her footsteps.

The University of Delaware men's lacrosse team garnered two USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America honors as seniors Kevin Ellington and JP Ward were named Honorable Mention.


Seniors Kevin Ellington and JP Ward were named USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America Honorable Mentions, marking the sixth straight year UD men’s lacrosse has earned All-America honors.

“We were really inspired by the vision of President Assanis and Dr. Kelvin Lee. They talked about how it takes some cancer patients months to get the treatment they need. In the new biopharmaceutical center, they will research how to bring much-needed medicines to market for patients much quicker, creating faster and better access to care and saving lives. This center will do so much for creating jobs, enhancing education in this field and advancing health care—the trifecta of elements that can make such a big difference for so many.”


- Marie E. Pinizzotto, M.D., BE08M

By the Numbers

From record-breaking, seven-figure gifts to thousands of two-figure gifts, every donor and every gift makes a profound impact on the University community.


“I give to education because I believe in it. When students succeed, we all succeed. My gifts enable students to gain experience in the wider world—and bring visibility to the programs that my colleagues, staff, students and alumni work hard to develop.”


- Greg Shelnutt, Chair, UD Department of Art & Design

Support your UD Passion


Your gift of any amount, to any of our 100+ funds, makes a profound difference for the University and its students.  

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Join fellow Blue Hens in supporting a cause close to your heart through HenFunder, the University’s crowdfunding platform. UD students, alumni, faculty and staff use this unique platform to raise funds for initiatives and programs that will significantly impact members of the University community.

Blue Hen Strong Fund

Blue Hen Strong Fund

Gifts to the Blue Hen Strong Fund will directly and immediately address the urgent needs of our UD students to ensure their success at UD and beyond – providing success grants to cover tuition, access to technology and advancements to online learning tools, career readiness support and so much more. 

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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Fund

The JEDI Fund will help provide programs, resources and opportunities to cultivate educated and empowered individuals who not only understand societal challenges related to equity and social justice, but have the tools to create solutions to address them.

Explore more areas where you can make an impact.

Philanthropy is Everywhere: youtube.com/watch?v=FunQvDxHiVs

Philanthropy is Everywhere


Azhir Jones, a UD sophomore majoring in entrepreneurship, is here to set the record straight on what philanthropy really means at UD.  

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