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Unveiling results of recent DDS survey

In 2011, two surveys were conducted to gauge Delaware Diamonds Society (DDS) members’ attitudes toward the University and help in developing a new strategy for the Society. Both surveys explored perceptions of quality, communications, philanthropic behavior and capacity, and identified possible changes to the structure of the DDS recognition program.

The main survey, administered to current, former and potential DDS members, included 25 questions and was sent to 3,367 email addresses. There were 906 survey responders, a strong 29% when compared to other institutions' usual 10-15% response rates. A secondary survey with 22 questions was designed specifically for young alumni donors, defined as undergraduate alumni from ’01 to ’10. Read More.

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Foundations for our Future

As the University enters a new era of campus building and facility enhancements, we invite our leadership donors to an exclusive event that will showcase the physical future of our campus. The exclusive cocktail reception and presentation, hosted by President Patrick Harker, will take place on Friday, April 27, 5:00- 7:00 P.M., in the Roselle Center for the Arts. Look for your invitation in the mail this month. For information, please contact Lisa Hale at 302-831-6798 or via email at


Visiting campus
June 1-3, 2012

DDS members are invited to attend Alumni Weekend June 1-3, 2012 to engage with the University through a variety of special presentations, celebrations and family-friendly events. From the "Science of Wine" and the analysis of the 2012 Presidential Campaign, to the "Buzz on Beekeeping and Honey" and tours of the UDairy Creamery, Alumni Weekend provides numerous opportunities for learning, socializing and enjoying a beautiful weekend on campus. For more information and to register to attend, visit


The Delaware Diamonds Society (DDS) was founded in 1974 to provide recognition each year for gifts of $1,000 to $50,000 and more.
DDS has more than 2,225 members who have made gifts totaling over $11 million, putting UD in a strong position to fund scholarships, research opportunities, public service initiatives, athletics and more.
Nearly 51% of DDS members are also undergraduate and/or graduate alumni of the University of Delaware.
83% of DDS members are from the tri-state area.


For more information on the Delaware Diamonds Society, visit us online.