Darden Annual Fund

Gifts to the Darden Annual Fund provide essential operating funds and fuel emerging priorities, enabling Darden to seize opportunities and support innovation at the discretion of the dean. The Darden Annual Fund recognizes donors through membership in two giving societies: the Darden Society and Hickory Club.

Thanks to the loyalty and generosity of Darden alumni, faculty and friends in fiscal year (FY) 2014, the Annual Fund reached a new high of $5 million in unrestricted contributions that impact every aspect of the Darden experience. Forty-one percent of Darden alumni made gifts to the School, which demonstrates the ongoing strength and commitment of our tight-knit community. Read more.

Your unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund:

  • Support all aspects of the Darden experience
  • Fund 25 percent of all merit-based scholarships
  • Seed new ideas through faculty research
  • Expand Darden's global presence by developing responsible leaders for global good
  • Support curricular innovation

Alumni Participation

Darden is widely recognized as having one of the most loyal and engaged alumni networks in the world. Ninety percent of alumni have given to the School in their lifetimes. In 2014, 41 percent of Darden alumni made gifts to the School. View the 2014 Darden Contributors List for a full list of donors by class. Help us continue the tradition in FY 2015 by making a gift today!

Lifetime Participation Graphic

For more information about the Darden Annual Fund, please contact Samantha Hartog, director, Annual Fund, at +1-434-982-2151.