Darden maintains a rich and deep culture of philanthropy in which the extensive Darden community — from students and faculty, to volunteers and alumni, to corporations and parents — supports the achievements of the School and those who walk its halls. Collectively, this loyal community allows Darden to deliver on the promise of its mission and help future leaders pursue their purpose. The incredible impact the Darden community makes by powering investment in the School’s faculty, students, Grounds, education experience and future is awe inspiring. Your philanthropy changes lives, and we are grateful.
How does Frank M. Sands Sr. (MBA ’63) ensure Darden is the leader in lifelong learning? Read about his transformational gift.
Kirsti W. Goodwin (MBA ’02) is paving the way for exceptionally qualified women to attend Darden and become future business leaders.
Lem Lewis (MBA ’72) is rewarding students who improve the Darden community by demonstrating a commitment to increase inclusiveness.
“ The proud recipients of your support will someday be the leaders who go on to change the world. I hope someday soon, we will be sitting in the same chairs where you now sit, next to a new set of scholars to whom we are able to give back. ”
These individuals and families, through their lifetime generosity, have made a transformational impact on the School’s ability to achieve its full potential.
The Cornerstone Society comprises alumni, parents, faculty and friends who have made planned gifts to the University of Virginia or its related foundations.
Darden Society-level leadership support ensures Darden’s ability to offer a world-class faculty and the world’s best educational experience to top students.
Hickory was Dean Charles C. Abbott’s ever-loyal black Labrador retriever. The Hickory Club recognizes Darden alumni who have given consistently each year for a minimum of three years.
Progress Toward Purpose
Read the latest issue of Pillars, Darden’s philanthropy newsletter, for the stories about the alumni leaders, loyal supporters, strategic priorities and incredible progress that drive the Powered by Purpose campaign.
Responsive. Persistent. Adaptive. Resilient.
View the pages of the 2020 Investors Report: Responsive. Persistent. Adaptive. Resilient. to learn about Darden's fundraising year, which was marked by two momentous and radically different events: the public launch of Darden’s $400 million campaign in October 2019 and the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
Volunteers: A Vital Resource
Contributors to Success
Be a part of Darden’s fulcrum moment.