Making a Difference, Building a Legacy

For many people, leading a successful life involves making a positive difference in the lives of others. Delaware Valley College benefits greatly from the generous support of those who contribute time and talent to the college. But equally as important are the financial gifts that build a lasting legacy for current and future generations of Aggies.

Advancing Strategic Priorities

Leadership gifts play a crucial role in advancing DelVal's strategic objectives and initiatives. They have a significant impact on DelVal programs and resources. They make a crucial difference, helping us strengthen or launch academic initiatives, create scholarships, build buildings and undertake other projects that advance college priorities.

They also stand as philanthropic landmarks for all donors, inspiring others to give generously.

Leadership gifts generally have these attributes:

  • They are outright gifts (as opposed to deferred or "planned" gifts, which are often made through a charitable trust, a gift annuity or a donor's will). Donors may pay them over a period of time, generally up to five years.
  • Depending on the donor's intent, they can be spent in their entirety or they can be endowed funds that continue to support the college over time.
  • They can be unrestricted gifts, or they can be earmarked for identified college needs that are of interest to the donor, such as student scholarships or endowed professorships.
  • They may be of gifts of cash, publicly traded securities, closely held stock, real estate or other property.
  • They generally qualify for favorable tax treatment and can be a strategic tool in estate planning and wealth transfer.

Named Opportunities

Many gifts come with naming opportunities, which means that a college program, building or resource may be named in honor of the donor or someone else the donor wishes to commemorate.

To learn more about how you can make a leadership or major gift in support of Delaware Valley College, contact Maryann Fox, Director of and Major Gifts, at 215-489-4528 or