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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 assistant professor Eric Layland shares new research on LGBTQ+ developmental milestones and supporting LGBTQ+ youth


Assistant professor Eric Layland recently investigated how discriminatory laws and policies affected the developmental milestones of lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents and adults across Europe.

Medical manager and UD alumna Yesenia Valle oversees UD student Emily Gordon during Gordon’s internship at Humane Animal Partners (HAP). Valle was once a HAP intern herself when the organization was known as the Delaware Humane Association.


Alumni of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences help the next generation of Blue Hens through student-internship programs that provide students with vital real-world veterinary experience.

One of the larger projects that alumnus Zach Jordan contributed to is the Bridgeview development project, a residential community situated on the Schuylkill River. According to Langan, this project is part of a larger goal to revitalize the aging industrial surrounding area.


Alumnus Zach Jordan’s degree in landscape architecture prepared him for an exciting career that combines science, art and problem solving.

Bhoktear Mahbub Khan, a doctoral student at the University of Delaware in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, led a workshop in Nigeria geared toward better understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with scaling up irrigation in Nigeria.


Doctoral student Bhoktear Mahbub Khan and Assistant Professor Kyle Davis recently traveled to Nigeria to hold a workshop to help expand irrigation in the country.

UD junior Timothy “TJ” Tomaszewski is the leader of a UD student team working with NASA to build and launch Delaware’s first orbital spacecraft. He holds a model of a CubeSat, a small modular satellite, which the students will create to study how the sun affects the Earth’s upper atmosphere.


Timothy “TJ” Tomaszewski is the leader of a student team that’s working with NASA to build and launch Delaware’s first spacecraft to orbit the Earth. 

With a new master of social work program, the University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development will address a critical need for social workers and complement the state’s current offerings. Through research-informed coursework taught by faculty experts, community-engaged practicum experiences and specialization areas that meet community needs, the program prepares students to address the social problems affecting our diverse communities.


UD launched a new Master of Social Work program that will address the need for social workers and train graduates to provide health and well-being services.

“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 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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