Donors Lift UVA Darden Annual Fund to new Record

04 August 2015

The loyal support of University of Virginia Darden School of Business alumni and friends led to a fifth consecutive year of record-breaking results for the Darden Annual Fund. The results include:

  • $5.1 million raised, a 3 percent increase over last year’s record-breaking total
  • 42 percent alumni participation, another increase over last year and the third highest annual fund participation rate of any U.S. business school
  • 750 Darden Society members, a 4 percent increase in members who provided leadership gifts

Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund fuel emerging priorities and provide essential operating funds, enabling Darden to seize opportunities and support innovation. Among the many areas these funds support, they are used to create Darden’s education experience — the world’s best (The Economist, 2011−14), provide funding for nearly 25 percent of all merit-based scholarships, secure top faculty, empower faculty research, support the School’s global experiences, and enhance technology used in and outside the classroom.

“We thank our alumni and friends for continuing to step forward on behalf of Darden year after year,” said Locke Ogens, senior executive director of the Darden School Foundation and Strategic Relations. “The Annual Fund allows Darden to move nimbly in its effort to best prepare new leaders to improve the world. Without their generous gifts, the School could not succeed in this important mission.”

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Darden School of Business
University of Virginia