Tribute Gifts, Giving, University of Delaware

Tribute Gifts

Honoring or memorializing a special person with a gift to the University of Delaware can be tremendously satisfying. It is a formal tribute to a loved one, friend, or colleague that provides valuable support to the University.

No matter what their size, gifts to celebrate a family member, classmate, faculty member or friend can be designated toward any existing UD program or fund—perhaps one that would be meaningful to the honored or memorialized individual—or left to the discretion of the University.

To make a tribute gift via credit card, please use our secure online form. Be sure to answer Yes to the question, Is this gift an honorary or memorial gift? Then, in the Special Instructions section, please give the name of the individual for whom you are making the gift. The University will then send notification to the next-of-kin or the person being honored, alerting them that a gift was made in memory of their loved one or in their honor.

To make a tribute gift via check, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Make the check payable to: “University of Delaware”.

  2. In the check’s memo section, please note the gift designation. Examples include:
    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    College of Arts & Sciences
    College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
    College of Education and Human Development
    UD Initiative Fund
    College of Engineering
    College of Health Sciences
    Lerner College of Business and Economics
    UD Parents Fund
    UD Athletic Fund
    Other, please specify:

  3. Include a brief note with your check, to include the name of the individual for whom you are making a gift.

  4. Mail the check and the note to:
    Development and Alumni Relations
    Gifts Receiving and Processing Office
    83 East Main Street, 3rd Floor
    Newark, DE 19716

Commemorative Gifts

A formal assessment of the University’s policy on establishing tribute spaces on the main campus, such as benches and trees, is prompting a suspension of commemorative installations at this time by Facilities, Planning and Construction and the Office of Development. However, we continue to welcome all gifts made in honor of or in memory of individuals to any UD designation by completing the online giving form at or by calling 302-831-2104.

Encouraging Gifts in Lieu of Flowers

After the loss of a loved one, you may choose to suggest in the obituary that friends and family make a gift to the University of Delaware in lieu of flowers. The University truly appreciates your thoughtfulness during this difficult time. We encourage you to use the provided text below when suggesting gifts be made to the University in lieu of flowers in an obituary.

“In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to [designation or fund] at the University of Delaware. Please send contributions to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line the fund name and the person’s name for whom the gift is being made.”

Please notify us when you decide to encourage gifts in lieu of flowers, or with any questions.

Please contact Donor Relations and Special Events at 302-831-2104 or with any questions.