Giving Societies

Darden recognizes and celebrates the generosity of our donors in four giving societies. Through their lifetime giving, annual leadership and loyalty giving, and planned giving, our donors have a transformational impact on helping the School’s ability to achieve our mission: to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge.

The Principal Donors Society 

The School's highest designation for lifetime giving is the Principal Donors to Darden. The founding list includes many who are associated with Darden's establishment, history and facilities, and those whose vision and commitment led to Darden's surge to excellence. 

We honor these individuals and families who support Darden's mission to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge. Principal Donors have truly distinguished themselves as the School's loyal stewards and are recognized for their extraordinary support in the entablature frieze of Rosenblum Entrance Hall and PepsiCo Forum. 

Members of Darden's Principal Donors Society:

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Beverly W. Armstrong*^ (MBA '66) & Carol C. Armstrong
Thomas J. Baltimore Jr. (MBA '91) & Hillary D. Baltimore
Dorothy Batten (MBA '90)*
Frank Batten Jr. (MBA '84) & Aimee C. Batten*
Frank Batten Sr.^ & Jane Parke Batten*
E. Thayer Bigelow Jr. (MBA '67)*
W.L. Lyons Brown III (MBA '87) & Susanna S. Brown
James S. Cheng (MBA '87) & Jeanette Wang Cheng
James A. Cooper (MBA '84) & Stacy Cooper
Terrence D. Daniels (MBA '70) & Courtnay S. Daniels*
Colgate W. Darden Jr.^ & Constance Darden^*
George A.L. David (MBA '67)*
Charles G. Duffy III (MBA '87)*
U. Bertram Ellis Jr. (MBA '79) & Deborah H. Ellis
Lawton W. Fitt (MBA '79) & James I. McLaren*
Frank E. Genovese (MBA '74) & Susan L. Genovese*
Kristi W. Goodwin (MBA '02) & Matthew T. Goodwin
William H. Goodwin Jr. (MBA '66) & Alice T Goodwin*
William H. Goodwin III (MBA '95) & Crystal H. Goodwin
Robert D. Hardie (MBA '95) & Molly G. Hardie
Robert J. Hugin (MBA '85) & Kathleen Hugin
Martina T. Hund-Mejean (MBA '88) & Bruno J. Mejean
William I. Huyett (MBA '82) & Lauren M. Huyett
Thomas V. Inglesby (MBA '84) & Joan W. Inglesby
Gary T. Jones (MBA ’74) & Elizabeth Rhett Jones*
Peter D. Kiernan (MBA ’79) & Eaddo H. Kiernan
Martin L. Killgallon II (MBA ’72) & Deborah Killgallon*


* Founding Member
^ Deceased

William C. Killgallon (TEP ’76) & Susan Killgallon*
Philip W. Knisely (MBA ’78) & Patricia Knisely
Robert E. Lamb II (MBA ’70) & Charlotte Lamb
Bruce R. Lauritzen (MBA ’67) & Kimball Lauritzen^
Lawrence Lewis Jr.^ & Janet P. Lewis^*
H. Eugene Lockhart (MBA ’74) & Terry J. Lockhart*
Thomas C. MacAvoy^ & Margaret “Peggy” M. MacAvoy
John G. Macfarlane III (MBA ’79) & Dudley W. Macfarlane*
Richard A. Mayo (MBA ’68) & Sara Page Mayo*
J. Huston McCollough II (MBA ’75) & Joan S. McCollough*
Barclay McFadden III (MBA ’76) & Jane Perry McFadden
Melville Foundation
Marshall N. Morton (MBA ’72) & Caroline Morton
Michael E. O‘Neill (MBA ’74) & Patricia J. O‘Neill
Harry T. Rein (MBA ’73) & Susan D. Rein
Frank M. Sands Sr. (MBA ’63) & Marjorie R. Sands
Thomas A. Saunders III (MBA ’67) & Mary Jordan Saunders*
Douglas A. Scovanner (MBA ’79) & Mary M. Scovanner
John T. Siegel (MBA ’67)+ & Alice H. Siegel*
Henry F. Skelsey (MBA ’84) & Susan W. Skelsey
John R. Strangfeld Jr. (MBA ’77) & Mary Kay Strangfeld
Henri A.M. Termeer (MBA ’73) & Belinda Herrera-Termeer
James W. Todd (MBA ’64) & Sharon K. Todd*
Steven C. Voorhees (MBA ’80) & Celia H. Voorhees
David C. Walentas (MBA ’64) & Jane Walentas
Thomas R. Watjen (MBA '81) & Nannette A. Watjen
David N. Webb (MBA '77) & Nancy Shepherd Webb (MBA '77)
Donald M. Wilkinson (MBA '66) & Lucinda P. Wilkinson^*
Thomas E. Worrell Jr. (MBA '71)*
Darden Society Rosette
The Darden Society Rosette

The Darden Society 

Founded in 1996, the Darden Society recognizes leadership annual gifts of $2,500 and above. The four most recent classes are recognized at the $1,000 level.

The Darden Society honors our generous annual donors at six giving levels. The threshold is based on cash received within a fiscal year (1 July – 30 June). This critical group of donors contributes 76 percent of the Darden Annual Fund’s fundraising total each year. This leadership support is essential to Darden’s ability to offer the world’s best educational experience to students, provide scholarship support to outstanding and deserving students, recruit and retain world-class faculty members, and enable global learning experiences for future business leaders.

Symbolizing the commitment to annual giving, a distinguishing rosette pin is given to all Darden Society members to wear during Darden and University of Virginia events. Designed exclusively for the society, the small, round rosette pin features a ribbon in the University's orange and blue colors encircling a design in Darden's original colors, red and gray. In addition to the rosette, Darden Society members receive the following offerings:

Sponsors’ Circle: $50,000 and above

  • Special invitation to attend an event with the dean and school leadership
  • All additional benefits listed below

Principals: $25,000–$49,999

  • Annual report on the impact of the Darden Annual Fund
  • All additional benefits listed below

Leaders: $10,000–$24,999

  • Semi-annual State of the School webinar/conference call with the dean
  • Select invitations to UVA football suite, basketball and baseball games
  • All additional benefits listed below

Fellows: $5,000–$9,999

  • Invitations to special events in Darden’s key markets
  • All additional benefits listed below

Dean’s Roundtable: $2,500–$4,999

  • Recognition in annual Investors Report
  • Invitation to annual Darden Society event
  • Print edition of Ideas to Action publication
  • Special correspondence from the School
  • Rosette pin

Abbott Associates: $1,000–$2,499 (Classes 2013–16)

  • Offerings for Abbott Associates match those for Dean’s Roundtable

Symbolizing the commitment to annual giving, a distinguishing rosette pin is given to all Darden Society members to wear during Darden and University of Virginia events. Designed exclusively for the society, the small, round rosette pin features a ribbon in the University's orange and blue colors encircling a design in Darden's original colors, red and gray.

Hickory Club Logo

The Hickory Club

The Hickory Club recognizes Darden alumni who have given consistently each year to Darden for a minimum of three years. Hickory was Dean Charles C. Abbott's ever-loyal black Labrador retriever and is a symbol of the dedication of Darden alumni who provide consecutive giving. We are extremely grateful for loyal and consistent support of Hickory Club members and extend our appreciation through a series of offerings including:

  • Invitations to annual special events with faculty
  • Complimentary access to select online Executive Education offerings
  • Curated content such as themed e-books
  • Hickory Club vehicle decal

The Cornerstone Society

The Cornerstone Society comprises alumni, parents, faculty and friends who have made planned gifts to the University of Virginia or its related foundations. Philanthropic planned gifs include Darden in wills, living trusts or retirement plan assets; gifts of life insurance; charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts or lead trusts. The Cornerstone Society lays the groundwork for the University's achievements in the decades ahead.

For more information about planned giving, visit the UVA planned giving webpage.

With deep gratitude for these donors’ commitments to Darden, we offer special benefits for these society members:

  • Recognition as a Cornerstone Society member in the annual Investors Report
  • Periodic special communications and updates on Darden
  • Invitations to special events and activities

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