Darden Annual Fund

Immediate Impact

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:

  • Increased financial aid and expanded scholarship opportunities to ensure that the challenges posed by the pandemic do not hinder students’ ability to enroll at Darden
  • Technology to efficiently support the hybrid classroom experience and provide in-person experiences during the entire academic year
  • Increased and diverse resources dedicated to mental health
  • Career services through the Darden Impact Internship program, which offered full-time, paid internships to students and recent graduates whose internships and job offers were impacted by the pandemic
  • Funding for student clubs and organizations to reduce the burden of dues, provide equitable access and support ongoing community-building

Below, learn more about how gifts to each designated area of the Darden Annual Fund power the School's strategic priorities.

Dean Beardsley on Areas of Greatest Need

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.

Purpose in First-Person

Read Darden Professor Sankaran “Venkat” Venkataraman’s first-hand account of the impact of philanthropy on the faculty body.

Helping the DSA Support Classmates

The Darden Student Association knew it needed to step up to support students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual fund fueled its efforts.

Annual Giving Societies:
The Heart of Our Progress
Darden Society

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 Club

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.