YOU & UCONN
A RELATIONSHIP THAT LASTS A LIFETIME
UConn Foundation Annual Report 2017
 
 
 
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ONE UCONN FAMILY.
Your loyalty matters. Thank you for making UConn stronger.
 
Photo of John Scipion '17 (ENG) and his brother EmmanuelJohn Scipion ’17 (ENG), of Norwalk, Conn., celebrates at commencement with his younger brother, Emmanuel. Scipion attended both the Stamford and Storrs campuses. Today he is a donor who gives back to support student scholarships.
 
The UConn Alumni legacy breakfast, a family weekend tradition, sells out annually. Good news! Next year, we’re adding another seating so more alumni families can celebrate together.
 
UConn Nation Makes Us Stronger.
A letter from UConn President Susan Herbst

My sincerest thanks to UConn Nation for making our University stronger. Your friendship matters. Did you know that every gift—no matter the size—from an alumnus helps boost UConn’s national ranking? Your gift helps in so many concrete ways like scholarships for deserving students.

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Students Today. Huskies Forever.
A letter from Joshua Newton and Daniel Toscano

It’s painted on the wall in the Student Union in Storrs. Whatever campus you attended, whatever your pursuit, every alumnus is part of UConn Nation. A Husky for life. UConn Nation is strong, with more than 253,000 alumni and so many other loyal friends, fans, grateful patients, and supporters throughout Connecticut and far beyond.

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$25.7M
Academic programs
 

$5.7M
Capital improvement projects
 

$22M
Scholarships and fellowships
 

$7.4M
Faculty
 

$11M
Research
 
 
In fiscal 2017, 99.7% of cash gifts were directed by their donors for specific purposes, such as a particular scholarship or area of research that has personal meaning to them. When UConn Nation members give, they give from the heart.

 

 
ALUMNI EVENTS
More than 200 social, networking, and community service events were held across the country in 2017.
 
133
Husky spirit gatherings for game watches and pre-game receptions
 
63
Career networking and leadership development events
 
29
Community service opportunities across the country
 
24
Educational programs and topical lectures led by expert faculty
 
7
Presidential Series receptions where alumni heard the latest news about UConn from President Susan Herbst
 
8
Reunions at the University and school or college level
 
69
Fun social events like happy hours and celebrations to bring alumni together
 
MAKING AN IMPACT
Total endowment grew $44.7 million (11.9%) in FY17.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENT?
The total includes all endowed funds that benefit UConn. Endowed funds are held by the UConn Foundation as well as the University itself and the Law School Foundation. The UConn Foundation coordinates the investment and management of its portfolio and the endowed funds held by the University. The Law School Foundation managed its own portfolio in fiscal 2017. All funds are included in the market value of the total University endowment.
ENDOWMENT BOOSTED BY 41 NEW SCHOLARSHIPS
WHAT MAKES AN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP SPECIAL?
Endowed gifts have the power to create a legacy. They establish permanent lines of support. By pooling and investing endowed gifts in the market, each endowed scholarship account continues growing. An endowed scholarship can be awarded year after year, supporting generations of UConn students.
STRONG RETURNS, NEW GIFTS SPUR STEADY GROWTH
There’s been steady momentum over the last decade. Since March 2009, the total University endowment has grown by $176.1 million (71.6 percent) thanks to the generosity of donors who have given toward endowed funds that support students, faculty, and programs across the entire University. And strong investment returns continue to grow the endowment. The portfolio has had a positive return seven out of the last eight years, with an annualized return of 7.51 percent during that period.
matthew brush '17 (CLAS) martha and albert cohen scholarship recipient click to read feature

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Financial Statement Overview
The performance of the long-term investment portfolio is always the chief driver of the UConn Foundation’s annual financial results and the 2017 fiscal year was no different. Against a backdrop of growth across the world’s major economies, the portfolio returned 11.74 percent during the year compared to a Market Value Weighted benchmark return of 10.45 percent, representing outperformance of 1.29 percent.
 


892 Members
Recognizes donors with lifetime giving of $100,000+


4,002 Members
Recognizes donors who give $1,000+ annually ($500+ for graduates of the last decade)


7,277 Members
Recognizes donors who give for five or more consecutive years


491 Members
Recognizes donors who include the UConn Foundation in their wills or other planned gifts