Supporting the Darden Annual Fund is the best way to help the Darden School navigate the unprecedented challenges these times present. Every gift to the annual fund will make a difference. Gifts designated to the annual fund’s Area of Greatest Need will support Darden’s ability to:
- Provide financial support and minimize hardship for students experiencing unexpected living and travel expenses, including expenses incurred for global courses that could not be recovered.
- Cover technology costs associated with Darden’s transition to virtual classes and operations for the remainder of the academic year.
- Increase financial aid and expand scholarship opportunities to meet the increasing pressure and competitive needs for the Class of 2022 and to ensure accessibility for all students regardless of their ability to pay.
- Ensure continuity of Darden’s mission-driven operations and delivery of the world’s best educational experience.
Below, learn more about how gifts to each designated area of the Darden Annual Fund power the School's strategic priorities.
Enable the School to respond to the emerging needs of students and faculty during these uncertain times to continue powering unparalleled learning experiences.
Great minds want to learn from great minds. It takes the full power of the network to recruit and retain the world's best MBA faculty capable of delivering the world's best education experience.
Over half of the annual fund is used for student scholarships every year. It's a path for all alumni to ensure top talent continues to learn Darden values to create value.
Business is global, so Darden must be, too. Students and faculty depend on your support to attend courses, conduct research and connect with business practice in unique global settings where there's no substitute for being there.
See how the Darden Annual Fund has powered the School’s response to the coronavirus pandemic through a Q&A with Dean Scott C. Beardsley.
Read Darden Professor Sankaran “Venkat” Venkataraman’s first-hand account of the impact of philanthropy on the faculty body.
With Venezuela’s inflation crisis, Stephanie Regetti (MBA ’17) might have never made it to Darden without annual fund scholarship support.
The Heart of Our Progress
Your leadership through the Darden Society is a strategic investment in the School’s path forward. Support the campaign today and invest in the annual fund at the Darden Society level.
Hickory was Dean Charles C. Abbott’s ever-loyal black Labrador retriever and is a symbol of the dedication of Darden alumni who provide three or more years of consecutive giving.
Be a part of Darden’s fulcrum moment.