About the Foundation

The University of Connecticut is enjoying a time of great momentum: record-setting applications, a prestigious designation as a Carnegie Research 1 institution, consistent medical and scientific breakthroughs, and back-to-back men’s basketball NCAA titles. Guided by a new strategic plan Connecticut’s flagship land-grant University is building on the pillars of promoting holistic student success, expanding its research impact, and helping Connecticut thrive.

The UConn Foundation is here to help make that vision a reality. Our sole purpose is supporting UConn and UConn Health advancing their educational, scientific, cultural, and research objectives missions. We are embarking on a historic campaign to support UConn’s trajectory through the power of philanthropy.

Our People

The UConn Foundation is made up of a team of hardworking professionals dedicated to advancing UConn's status as a world-class national public research university.
Photograph of Foundation staff

How is the UConn Foundation Similar to Other Foundations?

The UConn Foundation, like other institutionally related foundations, exists solely to promote the educational, research, and outreach missions of the university it serves. Foundations solicit, receive, and administer private gifts and financial resources that provide additional support beyond the university’s state appropriations, revenue, and grant income.

The Relationship Between UConn and the UConn Foundation

The University of Connecticut and the UConn Foundation have a fee-for-service arrangement under the terms of an annual operating agreement. The agreement stipulates that the UConn Foundation will conduct private fundraising on behalf of the University of Connecticut. This is a longstanding practice at the University of Connecticut and most other major public universities. It is also fully consistent with Connecticut statutes governing the proper University-Foundation relationship.

You can find a wealth of tax, legal, and financial information on our Financial and Governance and Disclosure pages.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We celebrate diverse perspectives and are committed to a welcoming environment that will value your unique experiences and identity. We recognize that a true commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requires ongoing education and action and we strive for continued growth each and every day.

Learn More about our DEI and Core Values.


The UConn Foundation was founded in 1962 to support the University of Connecticut’s educational, scientific, cultural, research, and recreational objectives. At the University’s request, the UConn Foundation assumed responsibility for alumni relations and engagement in 2015, providing programming and services for UConn’s more than 287,000 alumni.

UConn Alumni Class of 29