About the UConn Foundation
The mission of The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. (EIN 06-6070722) is to solicit, receive, invest and administer gifts and financial resources from private sources for the benefit of all campuses and programs of the University of Connecticut. The Foundation operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, research and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. As the primary fund-raising vehicle to solicit and administer private gifts and grants to enhance the University's mission, the Foundation supports the University's pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service.
Have a question about how the Foundation operates? You may find the answer on our Frequently Asked Questions page. You may also be interested in this series of 2011 articles about the UConn Foundation, "In Focus."
The Foundation was founded in 1964 at the behest of Homer Daniels Babbidge, Jr., who served as University president from 1962 to 1972.
“Babbidge saw the need to build new institutions that would enhance the university community and led the move for the establishment of the University of Connecticut Foundation. Babbidge instinctively recognized that public universities would always have great difficulty in attracting the kind of resources from the state that were required to achieve true distinction.” (Bruce M. Stave, Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006, Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2006), 112-113.
The Foundation’s financial statements are audited annually by a national accounting firm, and University officials and state auditors receive copies of these audited statements. The Foundation publishes an annual report that summarizes annual results, although detailed information about specific gifts to the Foundation are not generally available.
More specific information about revenues, expenses and operating costs is available to the public through the Foundation’s annual tax return Form 990, which is available upon request. This provides details of fundraising, management and other revenues and expenses. A copy of the Foundation's bylaws and articles of incorporation are also available upon request.
You may also read our Board of Directors Conflict of Interest policy.
View the listing of state fundraising notices applicable to the Foundation’s philanthropic work across the nation in support of UConn.
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