Donor Recognition

We are honored that you have chosen to support UConn. Your generosity is helping us transform lives by providing resources for student scholarships, enabling the research of our renowned scholars and professors, facilitating the discovery of innovative treatments and cures for diseases, and driving economic development that makes a positive difference throughout our state and region.

The Stewardship office works to enhance your relationship with UConn and express our thanks in a variety of ways including public recognition and timely communications including impact reports and recognition letters. The Foundation also recognizes the Donor Bill of Rights.

Recognition Societies

Founders Society

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Formed in 1996, the Founders Society recognizes UConn’s most generous donors who have made significant contributions for the advancement of UConn’s educational and research programs. Donors become Founders Society members when they reach a level of $100,000 cumulative lifetime commitment to UConn. Members are recognized as top donors to UConn, listed in an annual printed list distributed to all members, and included as special guests at events during the year.

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The Neag Circle recognizes donors who have given $5 million and above.

Named in honor of Ray ’56 ’01H and Carole Neag, whose transformative gifts to the Neag School of Education and UConn health have propelled both programs into a higher level of excellence.

Recent donor impact at this level
  • Boosting the Neag School of Education into the top 30 public schools of education in the country
  • Advancing UConn’s Human Rights Institute as a global leader in human rights education and scholarship
  • Building the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center, one of the premier basketball training centers in the nation


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The 1881 Circle recognizes donors who have given $1,000,000 to $4,999,999.

Named to mark the year of UConn’s founding as the Storrs Agricultural School. The name was later changed to the University of Connecticut in 1939.

Recent donor impact at this level
  • Establishing the first endowed chair in the School of Fine Arts
  • Putting UConn Health at the forefront of cancer research and technology
  • Developing a significant undergraduate and graduate program in Judaic studies


logo for the Founders Society Charter Oak Circle
The Charter Oak Circle recognizes donors who have given $500,000 to $999,999.

Named in honor of the famed Charter Oak, symbol of Connecticut’s fight for independence.

Recent donor impact at this level
  • Preserving a century of African-American music in the Samuel and Ann Charters Archives
  • Offering business students a real-life immersion in stock selection, trade execution, and portfolio management
  • Bringing outstanding scholars, leaders, and policy-makers to campus to share their knowledge and perspectives with UConn


logo for the Founders Society Charles and Augustus Storrs Circle
The Charles and Augustus Storrs Circle recognizes donors who have given $250,000 to $499,999.

Named in honor of the Storrs Brothers, whose gift of land and money in 1881 enabled Connecticut to establish UConn, then known as the Storrs Agricultural School.

Recent donor impact at this level
  • Giving promising mathematicians and statisticians at UConn the means to make significant contributions to their fields
  • Raising significant funds for animal science scholarships through a sample sale of high-end Manolo Blahnik shoes
  • Making a compelling statement about the power of the written word and censorship through art at the Home Babbidge Library


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The Constitution Circle recognizes donors who have given $100,000 to $249,999.

Named in honor of Connecticut, the Constitution State.

Recent donor impact at this level
  • Making the chemotherapy experience more pleasant for patients with the Maryann dePreaux Walmsley Cancer Center Library
  • Helping America’s veterans become entrepreneurial leaders at UConn’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for veterans
  • Enabling tomorrow’s foremost lawyers in environmental and energy policy to achieve their educational goals

Charles Lewis Beach Society

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The Charles Lewis Beach Society honors those friends of the University who include the UConn Foundation in their wills or other planned gifts. The society is named for the late UConn President Charles L. Beach, whose lifetime and planned gifts still enrich the university today.

The Oak Grove Society

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The Oak Grove Society recognizes donors who give $1,000 or more annually ($500 or more annually for graduates of the last decade). In addition to supporting the University, members enjoy advanced issues of the UConn Foundation publication Inside UConn Nation, special reports highlighting the impact of your giving, and invitations to exclusive events and programs. Oak Grove Society members have a transformative impact on the University through their support of scholarships, academic and scientific research, and faculty recruitment.

Members of the Oak Grove Society help UConn:
  • Provide scholarships to help exceptional students realize their dreams
  • Open the door to students who are the first in their families to go to college
  • Support breakthrough scientific research across disciplines
  • Help recruit eminent, innovative faculty members
  • Redefine state-of-the-art personalized patient care
  • Support out talented student-athletes
  • Help build cutting-edge facilities
  • Support study abroad

Loyal Jonathan Society

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The Loyal Jonathan Society recognizes continued support for UConn for five or more consecutive years. Its namesake derives from UConn’s trusty mascot, Jonathan, who has always been a loyal family member. As a part of the Loyal Jonathan family, society members receive invitations to exclusive events and experiences. Additionally, members are recognized at each five-year milestone.


Donor Bill of Rights

The UConn Foundation recognizes the Donor Bill of Rights to ensure that our donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in giving to the areas they support.