Support DCAD

Support DCAD

Why should you support DCAD?

Your gifts help young artists reach their full potential. DCAD has been making an impact on education, the arts, and downtown Wilmington for several decades. The funds that DCAD’s Office of Development raises each year are critical to what we are able to offer to our students and the wider community.

If you believe in DCAD’s mission of arts education and downtown revitalization, please consider supporting our work with a donation. DCAD is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, and your entire gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. The DCAD community is growing, and we want you to be part of this amazing institution, which remains the only professional school of art and design in the State of Delaware.

How to


Online gifts are the easiest, quickest way to make an impact on the lives of art students. To make an online donation, read through the list of funds below and decide which scholarship or fund you would like to support. Then simply fill out a donation form and start changing lives!




Please make your checks payable to Delaware College of Art and Design.
Mail your checks to:
DCAD Office of Development
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19801


Reviewing your estate planning needs now can mean leaving a lasting legacy to DCAD in the future. The Office of Development is available to discuss with you the possibilities of bequests through your will, charitable annuities, and charitable remainder trusts, as well as the option of simply designating DCAD as the beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance policy.


Many employers encourage charitable giving by offering to match your gift to a nonprofit such as DCAD. This match can double or even triple the amount of your donation. Your company’s matching eligibility can often be determined by contacting your personnel office or by contacting DCAD’s Office of Development for assistance.

List of Funds

In memory of Connie Simon

We invite you to make a gift in memory of visual artist and DCAD professor Connie Simon in support of student scholarships. Twenty of Connie’s 37 years as a Wilmington resident were spent teaching in DCAD’s Fine Art Department, motivating and inspiring students, faculty, and the DCAD community. While many know Connie as a generous, kind, and supportive professor, she was also a prolific artist. Her work will be exhibited at the Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery from August 19-November, 20, 2022.

Please join us in supporting student scholarships at DCAD with a gift of any amount in memory of Connie. To learn more about Constance M. Simon: The Making of Art & Artists, please click here.

DCAD’s Annual Appeal

Now in its fourteenth year, the Annual Appeal is DCAD’s largest source of unrestricted funds. By contributing to this fund, your support maintains student scholarship opportunities, our Artist Lecture Series, the presentation of exhibitions in our galleries, and the maintenance of our downtown buildings.

Student Emergency Fund (COVID-19)

Help support students who are bridging the gaps in their educational funding, which has been made even more difficult with the pandemic.

DCAD’s Scholarship Fund

The College raises funds annually for the nearly $1 million that it returns to students in the form of merit-based scholarships and need-based grants, 97 percent of whom would not be able to attend college without financial aid. With the costs of higher education on the rise, it is more important than ever that DCAD’s scholarship offerings remain attractive to prospective students and available to students who, without scholarship funding, might not otherwise be able to attend DCAD.

Stuart B. Young Scholarship Fund

In honor of Stuart B. Young, Esq., DCAD Chairman of the Board of Directors (2002-2010) and founding Chairman of the Board of Overseers (2000-10), a scholarship has been established.

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