Annual Fund Highlights

Gifts to the Darden Annual Fund provide essential operating funds and fuel emerging priorities, enabling Darden to reach the full potential of its mission to develop and inspire responsible leaders and advance knowledge. 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) 2015, the Annual Fund reached a new high of $5.1 million in unrestricted contributions that impact every aspect of the Darden experience. Forty-two 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:

  • Create the world’s best education experience
  • Fund 25 percent of all merit-based scholarships
  • Ensure retention and recruitment of top faculty and seed new ideas through faculty research
  • Support the School’s global experiences for students
  • 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 2015, 42 percent of Darden alumni made gifts to the School. View the 2015 Darden Contributors List for a full list of donors by class. Help us continue the tradition in FY 2016 by making a gift today!

Lifetime giving stats

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