Linking Business and Education
The supportive relationship between the Darden School and the Darden School Foundation began with the initiative of business leaders who, under the guidance of former University President Colgate W. Darden Jr., secured the initial endowment funds necessary to found the School in the early 1950s. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that was incorporated on 29 December 1952.
The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of the Darden School as it seeks to fulfill its mission to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge.
Today, the Foundation manages endowment funds for the exclusive benefit of the Darden School, operates the School’s top-ranked Executive Education program and promotes philanthropic support by alumni, friends and corporations.
An elected Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s strategies and gives time and advice, providing an important link between the academic and business communities.