ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
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.
Thank you to our dedicated Campaign Ambassadors who champion this monumental effort to accelerate UD’s mission.
President’s Leadership Council
Joseph R. Biden Jr. ’65 and Jill T. Biden ’75 ’06EdD
David P. Roselle and Louise Dowling Roselle
Morton ’58 and Donna K. Collins
John R. III and Patricia A. Cochran
Stuart M. and Suzanne B. Grant
Martina Combs Hayward ’74 and Pierre du Pont Hayward
Charles W. ’75 and Patricia A. Horn
John B. Kelly ’83 and Terri Connor Kelly ’83
Marie E. Pinizzotto M.D. ’08M and Carol A. Ammon
Donald J. Puglisi and Marichu C. Valencia
David F. ’81 and Heidi A. Welch
Kenneth C. ’80 and Elizabeth K. Whitney
Thomas D. Whittington Jr. ’69 and Marna Cupp Whittington ’68
James C. Borel
Donna M. Fontana ’85
Charles A. Genuardi ’70
David R. Helwig ’73
Thomas W. Hofmann ’73
Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr. ’71
Vance V. Kershner ’79
Shawn L. McCall ’88
Paul M. McConnell ’74
Mary Ellen Payne ’78 ’80M
David A. Plastino ’78
Janice A. Seitz
A vibrant, engaged community of alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff is vital to helping our students succeed and our alumni achieve even greater heights. Shared advice, experience, skills and words of wisdom can make all the difference in a student or alum’s personal and professional journey. In turn, ambassadors can enjoy new professional connections and renewed relationships with other Blue Hens.
The following are meaningful ways you can share your time and talent.
- Hire A Hen: Help your fellow Blue Hens advance professionally by hiring students, recent graduates and other alumni for jobs and internships.
- UD Career Advising Network (UD CAN): Become a career advisor for current students and alumni, sharing advice on professional paths, giving feedback on resumes, practicing interviews and more.
- UD Virtual Networking Events: Log on and participate in speed networking sessions to help yourself and other Blue Hens with common professional interests.
- Student-Athlete Internships: Provide traditional and short-term, project-based internships to help ensure all student-athletes graduate with professional experiences that will help launch them into employment or graduate school.
- Job Shadowing: Bring a UD student to your workplace, giving them a glimpse into the day-to-day of a professional in your career.
- College Programs: Help guide current students by becoming a mentor with one of the many college-specific programs on campus, including areas like Lerner’s Executive Mentors Scholars, art history, student affairs, law, affinity groups and more.
Reconnect with Blue Hens:
- Regional & Affinity Events: Attend UD events held in your area such as Conversations & Connections, presidential visits, networking events, community service projects, sports outings and more. You can also find affinity group events in your area, like events hosted by the Men’s Crew, Marching Band, Black Alumni Organization and more.
- Campus Events: Return to campus for events like Homecoming and Alumni Weekend to take a walk down memory lane, see what’s new and reconnect with your UD family.
- Reunions: Serve as a Reunion Ambassador during your class year reunion to help plan the fun and reconnect with former classmates.
WAYS TO GIVE
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.
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
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
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
- 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 email@example.com. When 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:
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
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 866.535.4504.
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.
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.
DELAWARE FIRSTS AT UD:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 information on how the endowment is performing and how it impacts UD, read the Investment Office’s 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.
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.
Thank you for your interest in supporting the University of Delaware. If you have questions or need assistance, we are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday. Email: email@example.com | 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.
(i.e. buildings, major programs, etc.)
James W. Dicker
VP, Development and Alumni Relations
P | 302.831.0530
(i.e. professorships, scholarships, fellowships, etc.)
Senior Associate VP, Development
P | 302.831.3043
College / Department / Research Gifts
Assistant VP, Development
P | 302.831.6211
College Directors of Development
Earth, Ocean & the Environment
Education & Human Development
Arts & Sciences
Lerner College of Business & Economics
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Athletic Facilities Gifts
Senior Director, Development
P | 302.831.1075
Annual Fund Gifts
Director, Annual Giving & Alumni Marketing
P | 302.831.7446
Associate VP, Alumni Engagement Annual Giving
P | 302.831.1408
Senior Director, Office of Parent & Family Giving
P | 302.831.0764
(i.e. corporate, company or organization matching charitable gifts)
Assistant Director, Advanced Gift Services
P | 302.831.3765
(i.e. will or estate gifts)
Assistant VP, Principal Planned Gifts
P | 302.831.8633
Corporate and Foundation Gifts
Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
P | 302.831.4460
Leadership Annual Giving
Director, Reunions and Leadership Annual Giving
P | 302.831.6993
Donor Relations and Stewardship
Director, Donor Relations
P | 302.831.1694