Gifts from individuals, companies, and foundations provide the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) with needed resources to expand our educational, research and extension programs. These vital gifts support faculty in their cutting edge research, and help train the next generation of leaders who will work to feed the world and sustain our natural resources.

Your gift may be designated to the department or fund of your choice with the confidence that it will be used for the purpose you intend. The College’s giving opportunities are described below.

Annual Support

College and departments

CANR utilizes unrestricted funds to support initiatives like:

  • Student Enrichment—Opportunities for student learning outside of the classroom, including internships with Landscape Architecture, Botanic Gardens, Wetlands Restoration, Extension and the UDairy Creamery
  • Special Projects—Unique learning opportunities (e.g. UDairy Creamery or UD Fresh to You) that engage and  enrich the local community and give students real-world experiences invaluable to their careers
  • Scholarships—Academic and need-based awards that keep students focused on their education rather than how they can finance it
  • Graduate Student Support—Opportunities for students to participate in knowledge discovery  and translation that help feed the world and protect the planet
  • Farm Operations—Critical support of the college’s 350-acre farm, dairy, wetlands and woodlands that serves as an outdoor laboratory for students and faculty
  • Cooperative Extension—Collaborative work between UD and the local community to provide valuable consultation and education to individuals, businesses and communities to solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

Gifts can be directed to CANR and to each of our departments, centers and programs:

Major Gift Support

Capital Projects and Needs

Cooperative Extension exists to extend knowledge and change lives in four areas of focus: 4H & Youth Development; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Lawn and Garden; and Family & Consumer Sciences. UD celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension nationwide in 2014, we created a Centennial Fund to support a variety of operational needs associated with our extension efforts in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. These needs may include staff support, programmatic support, and innovation of new programs and delivery methods.  Learn more about the UD Cooperative Extension’s Centennial Fund.

Special projects that impact CANR Students:

UDairy Creamery established in 2008, produces premium ice cream made with milk from the cows on the farm at UD’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.  Founded on science, sustainability and entrepreneurship, the Creamery:

  • Focuses on sustaining agriculture and natural ecosystems in the face of land use change;
  • Is a student-centered, faculty supported enterprise;
  • Cuts across many UD colleges and disciplines in its educational efforts; and 
  • Reaches out to the community and engages alumni.

UD Botanic Gardens (UDBG) – a series of twelve gardens on fifteen acres, UDBG serves as a research center, a laboratory, and a classroom in which studies in plant biology, botany, plant pathology, landscape design, ornamental horticulture, and entomology are pursued through experiential learning.  UDBG also maintains a diverse and dynamic living plant collection that stimulates and engages, with more than 3,000 species and cultivars of perennials, shrubs and trees.

Housing CANR teaching and research laboratories.
Worrilow Hall houses CANR teaching and research laboratories.

Worrilow Hall, constructed in 1980, serves as the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources’ primary research and teaching facility.  Renovations to this vital space will greatly support the College in its goals to: increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment; increase faculty prominence and research; increase hands on problem based learning and instructional opportunities for undergraduate CANR students; promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration with partners outside of the college; increase and maintain a sustainable research funding stream.  The college is currently working with architects on renovation plans for Worrilow Hall.

Endowed (permanent) Funds

student-feeding-calfUndergraduate Enrichment Funds are used to support outstanding students by offering valuable paid research opportunities.  Recipients of enrichment funds receive a unique opportunity to work alongside faculty in solving current and challenging research problems by combining classroom concepts with real-world implications.

Undergraduate Scholarships provide tuition assistance to students who demonstrate exceptional merit based academic promise or financial need with specific criteria determined by the donor. The University’s annual Celebration of Scholarship program affords the opportunity for donors to meet the recipients of the scholarships and awards.

Graduate Fellowships provide nine-month stipends of $22,500 for first-year graduate students, essential for the recruitment of top doctoral students.

Career Development Professorships provide an annual stipend of $50,000 used to recruit and retain talented young faculty. The stipend complements their compensation with funds for special research, speaking engagements, conferences and publications.

Endowed Professorships & Endowed Chairs are highly prized by outstanding faculty due to their prestige and academic value. Presently, 7 percent of CANR faculty hold named professorships. An Endowed Professorship/Chair is a most coveted position with funds providing a portion of the professor’s annual expenses.

The University Board of Trustees sets the endowment income expenditure rate. Currently the spending rate is approximately 4.0 percent.

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