Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation's fourth annual Founders Day of Giving was a huge success! It was the DUEF's most successful Founders Day of Giving to date with $77,125 raised from 372 donors.

Held on Nov. 4—DU's 185th Founders Day—the Founders Day of Giving was a 24-hour campaign to raise as much money as possible for the Annual Loyalty Fund so we can continue our tradition of Building Better Men.

The DUEF's Annual Loyalty Fund provides academic scholarships, scholarships to attend DU and NIC educational programs, and support for all Fraternity educational initiatives.

As in years past, in 2019, the chapter with the most donors and the chapter with the most money raised received a scholarship for a member to attend the 2020 Leadership Institute in Orlando. The Indiana Chapter took home both scholarships for the second consecutive year.

Founders Day of Giving donors also unlocked a $10,000 challenge gift from Brother Dave Franzetta, Michigan State ’70. All donations from new donors and donors returning for the first time since 2016 were matched by Brother Franzetta, up to $10,000. In total, new and returning donors gifted more than $11,000 on Founders Day of Giving.

In 2018, 152 people participated in Founders Day of Giving, raising more than $35,000. 

Save the Date

Mark your calendar for the 2020 Founders Day of Giving to be held Nov. 4, 2020. 

Through tax-deductible donations to the DUEF, the Foundation is able to fund important Fraternity programs and initiatives. Below are just a few of the impactful educational programs the DUEF supports through grants and registration scholarships.

"DUEL was my first DU educational program, and it was an amazing experience. Thank you to all the alumni who give back to the DUEF and made this experience possible for me."

- Nate Mead, Nebraska '21


What is the Founders Day of Giving?
This 24-hour campaign is an international effort to inspire DU alumni, undergraduates, parents and friends to make a gift to the DUEF. Gifts of any size are welcome. The 2019 event will focus efforts on Monday, Nov. 4. 

Like popular, national events like Giving Tuesday, the Founders Day of Giving is a day dedicated to raising funds for the DUEF. The Fraternity’s Founder Day—was chosen as a way for brothers to celebrate 185 years of brotherhood and give back to the organization that means so much to members.

Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes. The Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, meaning your gift is 100% tax deductible.

Our Tax ID number is: 351976226

What can I support?
The Founders Day of Giving aims to support the DUEF’s Annual Loyalty Fund. This is the Foundation’s general fund, and money in it can be used to support any DUEF initiative. From funding Delta Upsilon educational programs like the Regional Leadership Academy, GSI and the Emerging Leaders Experience to academic scholarships. To be successful, the DUEF must have a robust Annual Loyalty Fund.

Will I receive a receipt?
Yes. You will receive an electronic receipt after making your gift. In addition, you will receive a year-end tax mailer for any contribution to the Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation for the 2019 calendar year in January. If you need a hard copy of your receipt, please email Development Director Meghan Bender at

If I send a gift in the mail, will it still count toward the Founders Day of Giving?
We will gladly accept checks for the Day of Giving. Please write “Day of Giving” in the memo. Any check postmarked by Nov. 6, 2019, will be counted toward the day.

Can I give a gift of stock?
Yes, the DUEF does accept gifts of stock. To do so, please follow the instructions here.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
You can contact the DUEF by calling IHQ at (317) 875-8900, or by emailing Advancement Director Colin Finn, Iowa State ’05, at