Day for Darden 2024: Fueling the Future with Record Support

By David Buie-Moltz

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business marked a significant milestone during Day for Darden 2024, rallying the community to raise $1.1 million. The event on 10 April attracted 1,465 donors.

The annual fundraiser saw a 17.7 percent increase in donations and a 22.6 percent rise in donor participation compared to the previous year’s event.

The Darden Annual Fund, supported by the Day for Darden, plays a crucial role in the School’s wider Powered by Purpose campaign. Last year, this campaign celebrated reaching its initial $400 million goal two years early and is now focusing on Faculty Forward, a second milestone to boost faculty development and research.

Alumni contributed 72 percent of the total donations to Day for Darden 2024. Faculty, staff, students, parents and friends also significantly supported the effort. A notable aspect of the event was the competition among alumni classes, with the Class of 2011 having the most donors (99) and the Class of 1984 raising the most money ($145,125).

Brad Neathery, senior director of advancement and leader of the annual fund, reflected on the event’s outcome, stating, “This tremendous investment in the Darden Annual Fund will be immediately put to work, funding scholarships, supporting our world-class faculty and fueling innovative programs. Thank you to our donors for being integral to Darden’s success and future growth.”

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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