The University of Connecticut was founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School with a gift of farm land and funds from Charles and Augustus Storrs. Today's donors help UConn maintain and increase its advantage as one of the top research universities in the nation.
- In fiscal year 2012, private fundraising totaled $60 million: $27.4 million for Storrs and the regional campuses, $10.9 million for the Health Center, and $21.8 million for Athletics.
- Annual giving, including the Fund for UConn, raised $8 million in direct support for critical needs such as scholarships, research grants, study abroad and internships, cultural activities and clubs, First- and Senior-Year Experience programs, and state-of-the-art-facilities.
- UConn's alumni participation rate perennially ranks among the best in the nation; last year, our alumni contributed $21 million. Additional commitments included $19 million from parents and other individuals, and $14.3 million from corporations, private foundations, and other organizations.
- The University provided $10.3 million for scholarships, fellowships, and awards through the UConn Foundation.
- Currently, 90 faculty chairs and professorships at the University are funded through private endowment – many of these positions have allowed UConn to recruit and retain world-class scholars and researchers.
- At the close of fiscal year 2012, the University's total endowment was valued at approximately $329 million. A strong and growing endowment helps sustain excellence by providing resources beyond tuition and state budget support for academic, research, and outreach programs.
The University of Connecticut is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $600 million and increase the resources available for students and faculty. Known as Our University. Our Moment. The Campaign for UConn, it is the largest campaign in UConn's history and seeks to shape our future as a global leader in the 21st century.
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The University's founding and early years.