Giving Opportunities

There are multiple ways to support Darden's priorities. Please select a priority below to learn more.

Priority 1: Student Fellowship & Financial Aid
Priority 2: Faculty Support & Curriculum Development
Priority 3: Infrastructure, Experience & Technology
Priority 4: Annual Fund Giving & Unrestricted Funds


1. Student Fellowships & Financial Aid 

Operation top talent aims to increase the number of partial and full fellowships offered at Darden in order to attract the best and brightest students in a global, diverse, fiercely competitive applicant pool. 

Darden Jefferson Fellowships 

Given in collaboration with the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the full, merit-based fellowships are granted to students who have the highest level of academic excellence, ethical leadership, diplomatic decisiveness and a track record of putting ideas into action. The fellowships also include a generous living stipend.

The School’s goal is to raise $20 million in commitments so there will be two Darden Jefferson Fellows in each section at Darden, for a total of 10 per class. 

2. Faculty Support & Curriculum Development

Chaired professorships, executive chairs and research funds will enable Darden to retain its top-ranked professors and recruit a new generation that will create knowledge, models and ideas that will change the way the world does business.  

The Dean’s Fund for Faculty Excellence 

We aim to establish a $10 million endowed fund by May 2015 to promote the strategic advancement of Darden’s faculty.


  • Retain and develop our top-ranked faculty.
  • Recruit outstanding professors.
  • Strengthen our research capabilities.

3. Infrastructure, Experience & Technology 

Gifts toward Darden’s No. 1-ranked education experience support alumni services, world-class infrastructure and technology-enhanced learning tools, including digital teaching materials and video conferencing technology. 

Digital Learning Center 

The Digital Learning Center will enhance Darden’s ability to deliver content and thought leadership through digital channels. Our aim is to improve digital and traditional classroom materials and build online courses and programs.

4. Annual Fund Giving & Unrestricted Funds 

Gifts to the Darden Annual Fund, as well as unrestricted gifts, provide essential operating funds and fuel emerging priorities, enabling Darden to seize opportunities and support innovation at the discretion of the dean.  

Darden Annual Fund

The Darden Society recognizes donors who make leadership gifts of $2,500 or more to Darden each year. Membership extends to alumni of the four most recent classes at the $1,000 level.

Darden Society Members are recognized at the following levels:

Sponsors' Circle $50,000 and above
Principals $25,000 - $49,999
Leaders $10,000 - $24,999
Fellows $5,000 - $9,999
Dean's Roundtable $2,500 - $4,999
Abbott Associates

$1,000 - $2,499 (Classes of 2011-14)

For more information, contact the Office of Advancement  at +1-434-924-6576.

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