Areas of Support

Gifts to The Drake Fund may be made to support the following areas:

Where Needed Most

Where Needed Most supports the highest priorities of the entire University each year. This can include much-needed financial aid for our students, technology upgrades for our campus, and investment in opportunities to better deliver on our mission immediately as they arise. Money from tuition only covers 67% of Drake’s yearly operating budget. Annual support is critical in filling this gap.


Your support can help Drake's colleges and schools continue to build their reputation for producing the best and the brightest. Visit the academics website.

Bulldog Club

Bulldog Club contributions are used to support the athletic operating budget at Drake. Recruiting, team travel, and equipment purchases are just part of the department's operating budget. Bulldog Club support enhances opportunities for every Drake student-athlete. Visit to learn more.

Cowles Library

Cowles Library, the main library for the University, is an increasingly integral part of the learning experience for Drake students. Its collections, both in print and electronic form, support and supplement classroom instruction and research. Visit the Cowles Library website.

Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute

The Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute accentuates Dr. Adams' values and helps students develop strong leadership skills. The institute's defining characteristics will distinguish Drake and, as Don Adams has done, will richly enhance the Drake experience. Visit the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute website.

Friends of Drake Arts

Friends of Drake Arts was created to support and foster interest in the arts at Drake. Since its inception, Friends of Drake Arts has supported many faculty development projects and student productions and has underwritten residencies of top scholars and visiting artists. Visit the Friends of Drake Arts web page.

Global Citizenship

Global citizenship provides international opportunities for students. It ensures that global perspectives and issues are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience of all members of the Drake community. Visit The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship website for more information.

The Harkin Institute

The Harkin Institute enriches the student experience with opportunities for nonpartisan research and education. Visit The Harkin Institute webpage for more information on this gift designation.

John Dee Bright College

Bright College offers two full-time, two-year associate’s degrees. Gifts will help Drake offer a distinctive learning experience focused on problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, which prepares students to thrive in the real world.

Ray Center

The Ray Center focuses its efforts on applied research and programming in leadership, ethics, and civilty.

Scholarship Support

More than 98 percent of Drake University undergraduate students receive financial assistance, including merit and need-based assistance. Scholarship support makes a significant difference in the lives of students today.

Student Life

Student Life provides support for more than 160 clubs and organizations, intramural sports, service learning, and leadership development.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund

Supports Drake’s commitment to being an equitable and inclusive institution by funding initiatives and projects that increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus and in our community.

Live Mascot Program

Supports Drake’s nationally recognized Live Mascot Program and helps increase Griff II’s impact in the community.


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To donate to one of these areas, click the button below and select the designation you would like to donate to from the dropdown menu.

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