Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware is the first of its kind for the University, an unprecedented, comprehensive engagement and fundraising campaign that, with the help of generous donors, will shape the future of UD. Here you will find information about our Campaign Ambassadors, how you can get engaged with UD, different ways to give, links to videos and photo galleries, and FAQs to help explain the Campaign.




Follow your passion and support the University of Delaware in a way that is meaningful to you. Below are the various ways you can contribute to advancing our students, faculty, programs, research, athletics, campus and more.

Thank you for choosing to support the University, our students, our faculty and the work we do to make changes throughout the world. The University of Delaware is a 501c3 and its non-profit tax ID # is 51-6000297. To learn more, please visit www.udel.edu/alumni-friends.


You can make a gift online with a credit card.
1. Make the check payable to: “University of Delaware”. Complete this printable giving form.
2. In the check’s memo section, please designate the allocation of the gift. Examples include:

  • The name of any college or department
  • Biden Institute
  • Athletic Facilities
  • Graduate Education
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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

1. Monthly credit card deductions are a simple way to make a stretch gift to UD that feels easy. Simply complete and print this form and fax or mail it to UD.  You will be charged on the 15th of the month, with a $10 per month minimum.
2. Electronic Funds Transfer
With Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)* your gifts to the University of Delaware will be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account.  This option will enroll you into monthly deductions of the amount you designate. Gifts are deducted from your account on or about the 15th of each month.

  • You may change your EFT Option at any time by contacting:
    Development and Alumni Relations
    Gifts Receiving and Processing Office
    83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
    Newark, DE 19716
    Phone 302.831.6801

Call 302.831.2104 or 1.866.535.4504 to set up a multi-year pledge commitment.
Matching gifts can double, triple or even quadruple the amount of your gift. If you or your spouse work for a matching gift company, please consider having your gift matched by the employer. To learn more about matching gifts or to search if your company offers matching gifts, visit the matching gifts page.

Be sure to contact your employer and its human resources department to verify their matching gifts policies and to obtain a form. Once you have access to your company’s matching gift form, whether it is paper or electronic, please complete the form in its entirety and send the form to the University of Delaware (address below) according to your employer’s guidelines.

University of Delaware
Office of Annual Giving
Newark, DE 19716

Faculty and staff can support UD through payroll deduction.
One of the most advantageous ways to contribute to the University is through a gift of stock. Making a gift of securities is simple and generally offers a number of valuable financial benefits:

  • You can donate appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds
  • The total value of the stock upon transfer is tax-deductible
  • There is no obligation to pay any capital gains taxes on the appreciation

The University recommends that you consult with your tax advisor regarding your specific tax situation.

Procedures for Stock Gifts
If you wish to make a gift of securities, please contact the Development Office at 866.535.4504 or annualgiving@udel.eduWhen you contact the Development Office, please notify them if you have an account with a brokerage firm. If you do, and it is one where UD also maintains a brokerage account, the Development Office will provide you with UD account information. If not, your broker should use the following M&T Securities brokerage information to transfer the securities:

M&T Securities
Account number AZD949659
Pershing LLC, DTC #0443

In either case, the Development Office will also need the following information from you:

  • Name of stock
  • Number of shares
  • Designation
  • Timeframe expected
  • Name of brokerage account

You’ll also need to provide instructions to your broker to initiate the transfer to one of the accounts held by UD. It is important that you authorize the broker to disclose to the University your name and the details pertaining to the stock transfer. This will allow UD to efficiently identify the gift when it arrives.

Contact Kristen Abernethey at 302.831.8964, krisaber@udel.edu, or any member of the Development Office for additional information, if you do not have a broker, or for any other assistance with the transfer of the gift to the University.

Endowed gifts are the foundation of excellence at the University of Delaware. A strong endowment allows UD to fund initiatives that will have lasting impact on students’ education and the quality of the institution. Because endowed gifts generate earnings each year, they play a critical role in the University’s long-term financial stability.

Endowed gifts allow a donor to create a legacy that will exist in perpetuity. Through endowment support donors are able to create named scholarships, professorships, fellowships and other funding resources in the areas of study that mean the most to them.

The minimum to endow a fund at the University of Delaware is $50,000. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Beth Brand, Senior Vice President of Development, at 302.831.2104 or bgbrand@udel.edu.

You can contribute Planned Gifts.
The IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.

To qualify

  • You must be age 70½ or older at the time of gift.
  • Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account by your IRA administrator to University of Delaware. Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify. Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other plans do not qualify.
  • Gifts must be outright. Distributions to donor-advised funds or life-income arrangements such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities do not qualify.

Benefits — qualified charitable distributions

  • Can total up to $100,000.
  • Are not included in your gross income for federal income tax purposes on your IRS Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however).
  • Count towards your required minimum distribution for the year from your IRA.

Suppose John wants to make a contribution to University of Delaware. He has $500,000 in his IRA and he wants the contribution to be $20,000. He can authorize the administrator of his IRA to transfer $20,000 to University of Delaware and $5,000 to himself. The $20,000 distributed to University of Delaware will not be subject to federal tax and will be counted toward his annual minimum required distribution.

As you plan your required minimum distributions for this year, if you do not need the money the government is requiring you to take, consider using it for a charitable gift using the IRA Charitable Rollover.

We offer a sample letter you can send to your plan provider to initiate a rollover. Make sure that you contact us when you direct the rollover so we can look for the check from your IRA administrator.

For more information, please contact us.

Important: Be sure to check with your financial advisor to determine whether this provision is right for you. This information is not meant as tax or legal advice.

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support the University of Delaware. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.

Please be sure to note which area at the University you would like your gift to support.

Possible gift designations include:

  • Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Biden Institute
  • Athletic Facilities
  • Graduate Education
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

If you have any questions about where your gift can be designated, please contact annualgiving@udel.edu or 866.535.4504.

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Office works to match the interests of corporations and foundations with UD programs and projects. We work with all University colleges, institutes and centers to secure funding from corporations and foundations, steward relationships and then manage the long-term partnerships that result.

Our staff is ready to assist in:

  • Identifying potential funders of your research, project, or program
  • Researching prospective funders and developing strategies for approaching corporations and foundations
  • Writing grant proposals and letters of inquiry
  • Coordinating on-site visits from corporate and foundation representatives
  • Understanding and complying with program reporting
  • Stewarding relationships with current donors

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations works in partnership with the UD Research Office, which manages federal grants and external funding for sponsored research.

For more information, contact us at 302.831.2104.

Honoring or memorializing a special person or occasion with a commemorative gift to the University of Delaware can be tremendously satisfying. While serving as a formal tribute to a loved one, friend, colleague or milestone, the gift also provides valuable support to the University.

Commemorative gifts of any amount can be designated toward any existing UD program or fund—often one that would be meaningful to the honored or memorialized individual. Honorees and next-of-kin are informed of all commemorative gifts with a customized tribute notification.

Commemorative gifts can be given to acquire naming privileges at the University. Options and required gift minimums are provided below. To discuss commemorative gifts, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 302.831.2104.

Donors may wish to unite with others to celebrate a graduating class, anniversary, milestone or any other occasion. With this thought, donors may make individual gifts to support the same existing, non-named fund at the University to make a unified impact in memory or in honor of an individual, milestone or occasion. Donors can also give to a different existing, non-named fund at the University commemorating the same individual, milestone or occasion. Examples of collaborative giving include commemorating the retirement of a faculty member, a reunion or graduation year or remembering a loved one.

To discuss collaborative giving, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 302.831.2104.

How to make a commemorative gift
Named spaces and other physical commemoratives have specific restrictions, as noted in the Special Naming Opportunities section, above. The instructions listed here apply to all other commemorative gifts.

In most cases, commemorative gifts may be designated to any area within the University for restricted or unrestricted use, including to many (but not all) existing endowed funds. Examples include academic departments, special interest groups, clubs, scholarships, etc.

If the donor does not indicate a designation, gifts less than $10,000 are directed to the Initiative Fund, which supports the areas that need it most at the University. Those above $10,000 are directed at the discretion of the Associate Vice President.

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

“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.




For 275 years, Delaware has been a place of “firsts.” The Delaware Firsts at UD slideshow highlights some of those pioneering moments.



At UD, we pride ourselves on bringing students, faculty, alumni, friends and the community together to explore and grow ideas that impact the world beyond campus. Learn more in the video below.

Growing Ideas

We’ve identified core Campaign priorities that, once achieved, will help shape UD’s future and advance the University advance from excellence to preeminence. Learn more about each in the videos below.

Campaign Priorities Overview

Biden Institute

Graduate Education

Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Athletics Facilities

This is Our Moment

Build Our Home




Please enjoy photos from the weekend of Campaign launch celebrations that took place November 9-11.

Delaware First Celebrations

Delaware First Festival

Delaware First Volunteer Luncheon

Celebration of Innovation and Inspiration

Delaware First Tailgate


1. Why a campaign and why now?
The great challenges of our time require leadership, perseverance, risk and bold ideas that will advance our world as we pursue the next firsts.

The students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Delaware are tackling those challenges. Across campus, in places beyond Delaware and to the furthest points on the globe, Blue Hens are challenging assumptions, breaking barriers and pioneering research that will lead to a better world.

We want to keep providing opportunities to all Blue Hens so that they, in turn, can continue putting great ideas into practice and exploring new frontiers. This is our moment to define success by the values we shape, the intellectual curiosity we cultivate and the courage we inspire to make a difference.

You are an integral part of this moment, as well. Your support and engagement can help us pursue new and expanded programs and initiatives and put Delaware First—in the hearts of our students and faculty, in the minds of society’s leaders and in the words and actions of Blue Hens across the world.

2. What are the top priorities of the Campaign?
Two overarching themes are driving the Delaware First campaign:

1) Creating an Extraordinary Student Experience
Priorities that support student access and success include

  • Student scholarships
  • Endowed professorships
  • Graduate fellowships
  • Cutting-edge research
  • Experiential learning opportunities

These initiatives will set the foundation for excellence as we strive to reach even greater heights in undergraduate and graduate education.

2) Extending Our Impact on the Region and the World
Your support will also position us to create a dynamic environment for discovery and problem-solving that will position UD to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing America and the world. Core priorities include:

3. How did the name for the Campaign originate? Why “Delaware First?”
The name, Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware, was generated in an independent effort to put esteem for UD at the forefront of philanthropic consciousness. It was designed to follow on the past UD brand identity, Dare to Be First, and pay homage to the areas where we are “first,” including the first state, first study abroad program, etc.

This sentiment behind the name starts with the love of our home state of Delaware, the First State, and the thread of pioneering vision that has created, defined and advanced institutional promise that UD has brought forward as a “first” in many categories.

We focused the messaging on philanthropy and engagement – asking our constituents to make UD first of their philanthropic priorities since our Campaign initiatives are bold and not replicated at other universities—a “first” of their kind.

We hope this phrasing will translate to generous regard for the University as people put UD first in their hearts when considering opportunities to make a difference in our society and our future.

4. How did you arrive at the $750 million campaign goal?
The University of Delaware united all seven colleges and athletics for an internal investigation of existing strengths and goals and compared them with society’s greatest needs. The combined list of financial priorities totaled $1.4 billion, but we determined that $750 million was possible within the campaign’s 10-year timeframe.

5. Will this campaign remove student debt load?
One of UD’s priorities is to ensure that students from a variety of backgrounds are able to achieve their dream of attending college, regardless of their family’s financial situation. The Delaware First campaign aims to increase endowed scholarship support, which, combined with private support and UD programs like the Blue Hen Success Collaborative and our Commitment to Delawareans, will not eliminate student debt, but will help improve UD’s ability to assist students financially in a significant way.

1. Why invest in UD?
While UD receives roughly 12% of its support from the State of Delaware, the majority of the school’s funding comes from other sources, including tuition, programs, endowment payout and philanthropy. Investing in UD is an investment in the community and wider region. For the state of Delaware, the UD community generates $6.2 billion in annual revenue and supports 61,000 jobs. Every state dollar allocated to UD returns $14.25 to Delaware’s economy.  For the private donor, there is no greater return than investing in people who will become world-changers—innovators, leaders and problem-solvers of tomorrow.

2. Why does college cost so much?
All around the nation, funding sources for public higher education have shifted, pushing a greater share of the costs onto students and their families. At the same time, college expenses have been rising almost six percent above the rate of inflation as universities manage increasing costs. Tuition rises as colleges strive to stay competitive by allocating money to attract top faculty and build state-of-the-art facilities. Attending UD is still a relative bargain compared to other institutions of higher education, especially for in-state students.

3. Why does UD need support when it already has such a significant endowment?
There are numerous financial challenges currently facing institutions of higher education. This is especially true at UD, where our historic sources of funding have scaled back their support, eliminated it altogether or not kept pace with UD’s increasing need to be competitive. UD’s main sources of income are tuition revenue, research grants and private support, which include endowment returns and new gifts.

Because of these financial challenges, the role of individual endowments has become even more meaningful—particularly for students. While over 160 endowment funds to support undergraduates have been created since 2010, the gap between those who qualify for support and those who actually receive it is widening. At $1.5 billion, UD’s endowment is not as healthy as many other private universities and though it’s strong compared to some publics, the purpose of an endowment is to create an income source in perpetuity.

1. How does endowment work?
An endowment is more than just a gift—it’s an opportunity. When a scholarship or a fund is endowed, it establishes a sustainable source of income that empowers students to achieve their dreams, supports faculty as they teach classes and conduct critical research and drives the University of Delaware to strengthen its commitments and programs. Endowed funds provide a predictable source of income over time that isn’t tied to budget variables, allowing the University to make commitments and build programs into the future. For more on how the endowment is performing and how it impacts UD, read the Investment Offices 2017 Annual Report here.

2. Why can’t we use part of the endowment to provide more student support?
Each of the separate funds that comprise UD’s overall endowment fund has limits on how the income may be used. The University must allocate the funds as determined in the donor’s gift agreement. Additionally, endowed funds provide financial stability to the University as they grow through prudent investment and additional gifts. The interest payout over time is worth more than the value of the amount that might be withdrawn for current use. For example, a gift of $100,000 invested in UD’s endowment for 20 years will grow into an estimated market value of $224,000 and will generate $123,000 for students during that time―and then on in perpetuity.

3. Why are endowed professorships a priority to the University?
Committed, talented and well-funded faculty are critical to UD’s success. Recruiting and retaining professors who inspire learning will not only attract the brightest students, but also create further prestige for UD as they conduct research that elevates and contributes to the University’s reputation as a premier research institution. With an endowed professorship, a portion of the value of the endowed fund supports the salary and research of a professor, dean or department chair. Endowed professorships allow the brightest faculty members to fund life-changing research, engage with promising students and collaborate with scholars around the world.

1. Why is alumni engagement so critical to the University’s success?
UD’s prominence in Delaware and on the larger world stage owes much to the passion of its many alumni. Advancing our University beyond the status quo hinges on their engagement and support.

Improved alumni programming—including regional events, Alumni Weekend and more—is essential to this effort. Creating opportunities for interaction with current students will also help alumni learn more about the current UD community. It is imperative that we also encourage young alumni to stay connected with the University and leverage UD’s vast network of professionals, scholars and leaders to help grow their careers.

2. How can alumni help contribute to the University’s success?

  • Financially support any area of UD that is meaningful. All gifts of any amount count in the campaign.
  • Hire fellow Blue Hen alumni for jobs or hire a student for an internship.
  • Volunteer as a member of a Regional Alumni Club or the UDAA board of directors.
  • Become a Career Advisor for students and young alumni through the UD Career Advising Network (UD CAN).
  • Wear UD gear and advocate for UD wherever you can.
  • Update your contact information every year so we can keep in touch.

Contact Us

If you have a UD story to share, questions or need assistance, we are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday. Email:campaign-info@udel.edu | Phone: 302.831.2104 | Mail: Use the gift form to mail in your donation | Visit: www.udel.edu/alumni-friends

If you’d like to talk with one of our development professionals about your gift, please use the categories below to help find the person who best matches your interests.

Vice President
(i.e. buildings, major programs, etc.)

James W. Dicker

P | 302.831.0530


Senior Associate Vice President
(i.e. professorships, scholarships, fellowships, etc.)

Beth Brand

P | 302.831.3043



Regional Gifts
(i.e. outside of the Mid-Atlantic region)

Kris Graves

Assistant VP, Regional and Global Programs
P | 302.831.6595



Dan Rogalski

Senior Director of Development, Midwest Region
P | 302.831.6211



Ruth Rosenberg

Senior Director of Development, Eastern Region
P | 302.831.6993



Joseph Erckert

Senior Director of Development, New York Region
P | 267.236.2275



Dana Raftas

Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
P | 302.831.7435


College Directors of Development

TJ Cournoyer

Earth, Ocean & the Environment
Education & Human Development

Doug Kleintop

Arts & Sciences

Dana Raftas

Lerner College of Business & Economics

Kris Graves


Dan Sarkissian

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Health Sciences

Athletic Facilities Gifts

Jordan Skolnick

Senior Director, Development
P | 302.831.1075


Annual Fund Gifts

Drew Dinbokowitz

Director, Annual Giving & Alumni Marketing
P | 302.831.7446


Alumni Association

Lauren Simione

Associate VP, Alumni Engagement Annual Giving
P | 302.831.1408


Parents Fund

Stacey Muzzi

Senior Director, Office of Parent & Family Giving
P | 302.831.0764


Matching Gifts
(i.e. corporate, company or organization matching charitable gifts)

Lynne Sklar

Assistant Director, Advanced Gift Services
P | 302.831.3765


Gift Planning
(i.e. will or estate gifts)

Martha Mitchell

Assistant VP, Principal Planned Gifts
P | 302.831.8633


Corporate and Foundation Gifts

Shabool Henry

Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
P | 302.831.4460


Donor Relations and Stewardship

Kelly Saylor

Director, Donor Relations
P | 302.831.1694


Campaign Progress

Current Campain Progress: $660,742,925 of $750,000,000

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