A male and female, dressed in blue robes, smile at their graduation from the University of Delaware.

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.

During her time at the University of Delaware, graduating senior Nicole Gutkowski had a chance to fully explore her interest in marine science.


In her time at UD, graduating senior Nicole Gutkowski has fully explored her interest in marine science, including through research opportunities, extracurricular activities and the Semester-in-Residence program.

Seniors Emilie Delaye (left) and Allie Rebuck are honored by the University of Delaware Alumni Association for their high achievement.


The UD Alumni Association presented Allie Rebuck and Emilie Delaye with the Warner and Taylor Awards in recognition of their leadership, academic success and community service.

Karen Ingram, a graduating student in UD’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, stands before the Louis L. Redding House and Museum in Wilmington. Ingram created a bus tour that traces Delaware's crucial role in the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which was handed down 70 years ago. Redding, the state’s first Black attorney, was part of the legal team that argued the case.


Karen Ingram, a graduating master’s student, created a bus tour that highlights Delaware connections in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Softball Earns Four on NFCA Northeast All-Region Team.


Four UD softball players were named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Northeast All-Region Team, marking the third straight season with four All-Region players.

 Hannah Epstein, Kenny Madden, Xavier Stephenson, Matthew Ongtawco and Matt Lecates pose for a photo while testing out their senior design project at the NASA Glenn Research Center.


A group of graduating senior mechanical engineering majors created synthetic moon rocks to help NASA test the viability of a new moon rover.

Ben Dobbs, a junior at the University of Delaware, will participate in a 10-month immersive Portuguese language program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before returning to UD to complete his studies.


Junior Ben Dobbs received a Boren Award to spend 10 months studying Portuguese at the Caminhos Language Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“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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