Record UVA Darden Alumni Participation, Strong Scholarship Funding Highlight Year in Giving

By Dave Hendrick

The generosity of the alumni and friends of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business helped provide critical support for the School and its funding priorities in the 2016 fiscal year, a banner year for unrestricted support that showcased a strong response to Dean Scott Beardsley’s call to fund current and future-use scholarships.

The fiscal-year 2016 results and highlights included:

  • $19.7 million raised, a 24 percent increase over the previous year
  • $5.1 million raised for the Darden Annual Fund, with a record number of alumni donors representing 43 percent alumni participation
  • Record reunion giving participation, with 85 percent of reunion attendees giving to the Annual Fund
  • $8.1 million raised for student scholarships — a $6.5 million increase from the previous year, helping to ensure the School continues to attract the best and brightest students and representing a strong first year for Beardsley’s Darden Scholarship Challenge goal to increase scholarship funds

In April 2016, Darden also earned the distinction of having the most dollars raised of any school at UVA in the first-ever GivingToHoosDay, a 24-hour online day of giving. In addition to the record $570,897 raised in 24 hours, Darden finished the day with the second highest number of gifts at UVA and won a number of special challenge gifts throughout the day, including the most international gifts in an hour.

The strong fundraising year coincided with the January 2016 hiring of Kara Mullins as executive director of advancement, bringing 16 years of fundraising experience to the School.

“I am elated by the support from our alumni and friends in fiscal year 2016,” said Mullins. “The generosity and clear commitment to the School is laudable on many levels and ensures that we can move Darden forward as an institution dedicated to delivering the world’s best education experience and, ultimately, to improving the world.”

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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