Parents, Giving, University of Delaware

Parents FundThe Parents Fund

The Parents Fund creates a community of parents actively engaged in their students’ college experience and provides the primary vehicle to philanthropically support the campus. Ensuring UD’s academic excellence requires more than state funds and student fees. It requires the involvement and generous support of UD parents, affording valuable enrichment opportunities to every student. The Fund helps create an extraordinary student experience at UD, which is one of the overarching themes of the recently launched, comprehensive campaign, Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware.

Enriching the Student Experience

The Parents Fund provides Student Life with valuable resources to support the education mission of the University through innovative services and programs that promote student learning, encourage personal development and well-being, facilitate strong bonds among students and enhance their identity with the University as a community.

The strategic methods to accomplish these goals require additional investment in the First Year Student Experience, Career Services, Student Leadership Development and Late Night & Weekend Programs – including speakers, cultural events and student-initiated activities that encourage healthy lifestyle choices for students.

The UD Parents Fund supports student life programs and activities not covered by tuition—experiences that transform students and prepare them for a lifetime of success. Thanks to the generosity of so many Parents Fund donors, the University has been able to:

By supporting the Parents Fund, UD families are helping students become the next generation of innovative leaders, outstanding professionals and active and contributing citizens.

How You Can Help

With a commitment to creating a strong support system and learning environment, which fosters social and academic growth, UD parents play a vital role at the University of Delaware.

Parents who make gifts of $1,000 will be part of the Delaware Diamonds Society.

Any parent interested in learning more about supporting the Parents Fund is encouraged to contact 302-831-2104.

Make a Gift to Your Graduating Senior

Commencement is a special, bittersweet time for proud UD parents. Today, we invite you to commemorate this milestone in your senior’s life with a gift in his or her honor. Directing your gift to the Parents Fund helps ensure that future students will be afforded the same incredible opportunities that your senior received—enriching student programs, career services, leadership development opportunities and more.

Gifts of any amount in honor of graduating seniors will be included in a digital honor roll listing on the Parents Fund website. Students will also receive a special card acknowledging that you have made a gift in their honor.

By making a gift to the UD Parents Fund, you send a powerful message to your student about the importance of giving back to the University. All gifts make a difference and help us reach our goals set forth in Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware.

UD Parent & Family Leadership Council

We are grateful to our parent volunteers who serve on the Parent & Family Leadership Council, sharing their time and energy to enhance the student experience at UD. Council members provide leadership support of the Parents Fund and reach out to fellow parents to enlist their support. Our parent volunteers enjoy developing a connection with the University and with each other. The enthusiasm and commitment of these volunteers fuels the success of the Parents Fund. For more information, visit the Parent & Family Leadership Council page.

Questions? Want to get Involved?

Contact 302-831-2104 or email


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