The Foundation’s mission statement is: Strengthening UConn One Relationship at a Time. The independent, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization does this by operating exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, research and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. This is accomplished by providing quality programs and services for its alumni and supporters, and by serving as the primary fundraising vehicle for the University. The Foundation solicits, administers, and invests private funds for the sole benefit of the University and its mission of pursuing excellence in teaching, research, and public service.
The Relationship Between UConn and the Foundation
The University and the Foundation have established a fee-for-service arrangement, under the terms of an annual operating agreement, which stipulates that the Foundation will conduct private fundraising on behalf of UConn. This is a longstanding practice at UConn and most other major public universities. It is also fully consistent with Connecticut statutes governing the proper University-Foundation relationship.
Effective July 1, 2015, the Foundation also assumed all alumni engagement responsibilities for the University of Connecticut. This expanded role for the Foundation was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees and the Foundation’s Board of Directors and is codified in the agreement between the Foundation and the University.
The UConn Foundation employs its own staff. These employees are recruited, hired, trained, and managed subject to the Foundation’s human resources policies and procedures.
Our About Foundations page explains more about what institutionally related foundations are, and how they benefit the university and donors. You can find a wealth of tax, legal, and financial information on our Financial and Governance and Disclosure pages.
The UConn Foundation wholeheartedly supports the mission of the University of Connecticut and its dedication to excellence through research, teaching, service, and outreach.
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The Foundation is governed by its Board of Directors.