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.
- During fiscal 2013, donors contributed $63.3 million to the UConn Foundation in philanthropic support to benefit the University of Connecticut students, faculty, and academic programs. The new pledges and gifts exceeded last year's total by 5.5 percent, making fiscal 2013 the second most successful year in Foundation and University history.
- Annual giving, including the Fund for UConn, raised $8.8 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 $20.9 million. Additional commitments included $17.4 million from parents and other individuals, and $11.2 million from corporations, private foundations, and other organizations.
- The University provided $8.4 million for scholarships, fellowships, and awards through the UConn Foundation.
- Currently, 94 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 2013, the University's total endowment was valued at approximately $340 million, which is a $29 million or 9.3 percent increase over 2012. A strong and growing endowment helps sustain excellence by providing resources beyond tuition and state budget support for academic, research, and outreach programs.
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The University's founding and early years.