Corporate Support for UConn

Corporate Relations at UConn

Strategic business alliances are essential to building an increasingly competitive workforce within the state and beyond. The Office of Corporate Relations fosters strong and enduring partnerships between the business community and the University. Our corporate partners can easily connect to the University’s schools and colleges and have access to distinguished faculty, exceptional students, broad research capabilities and a host of academic disciplines.

Corporate Strategic Alliances

The Foundation fosters mutually beneficial partnerships between the business community and the University through its corporate relations gateway. From gifts to the Foundation to benefit the University to contractual relationships through the Offices of Sponsored Projects and Technology Commercialization, a strategic alliance with New England’s top-ranked public research university can advance business goals while supporting research and learning at UConn.


  • Develop closer linkages with industry and economic development initiatives in the community at large
  • Facilitate business building and promote entrepreneurial culture
  • To assist in creating shared value

Recent Examples of Corporate Support

All of UConn's schools, colleges and programs can benefit from corporate support. Here are some recent examples:

front-button-200-2013-11-utc.jpgUTC $10 Million Investment Helps Launch Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering at UConn

November 19, 2013: A $10-million investment by United Technologies helps launch the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering at UConn. The contribution is the largest corporate gift to the school in a decade.



Hamilton Sundstrand Supports 'Multiply Your Options.'

As part of an ongoing series of videos about corporate support for UConn, Vicky Margiott '83 (ENG) discusses her role in "Multiply Your Options" at the School of Engineering.


Building Vibrant Communities

Cynthia Forbes of Hamilton Sundstrand discusses how supporting the Nutmeg Summer Theater Festival helps the company build vibrant communities for its employees and the state.


Improving Connecticut's Schools

Tammy Torres of People's United Community Foundation discusees how the Foundation helps the Neag School of Education's CommPACT program.


Travelers Gives Students an EDGE

Tara Spain MPA '08 talks about Travelers and its support for EDGE and other programs at UConn.


corporate-relations-si.jpgSI Financial Advisors Become Season Sponsor for CRT

SI Financial Advisors, the trust and wealth management division of Savings Institute Bank & Trust, has partnered with Connecticut Repertory Theater's (CRT) Nutmeg Summer Series as season sponsor for 2011. The Nutmeg Summer Series begins with Guys and Dolls June 2–12 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. Seussical plays June 16–26 in the Nafe Katter Theatre and My Fair Lady, the final production of the summer series, runs July 7–17 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen. All performances are on the UConn campus, Storrs. SI Financial Advisors is pleased to be joining CRT's Community Partners for the Nutmeg Summer Series that include Hamilton Sundstrand, XL Color, WHUS 91.7 FM, the Willimantic Chronicle, the Nathan Hale Inn, the Mansfield Community Center and the UConn Dairy Bar.

corporate-relations-pratt.jpgPratt & Whitney Establishes Center of Excellence in
School of Engineering

Pratt & Whitney, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems, and industrial gas turbines, will work with the University on fundamental and applied research initiatives that support the design and development of more efficient gas turbine engines.

corporate-relations-travelers.jpgTravelers Boosts Aid for Diversity Initiative

The Travelers Connecticut Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers, is supporting a multiyear commitment to enhance academic, outreach and diversity programs at the University. This commitment of up to $1.6 million is being used to expand the successful Travelers Edge program (formerly known as the Travelers Education Access Initiative, or TEAI) at UConn, established by the company with gifts totaling $630,000.

corporate-relations-ecohusky.jpgCampus Sustainability Fund Boosted by Corporate Philanthropy from
CNC Software, UNFI and Willimantic Waste Paper Company

It’s not unusual for UConn’s athletics program to rank highly among its peers, or for the University to be recognized for academic success. In the fall of 2010, though, UConn appeared in a different ranking altogether: in the top 50 “greenest schools in the country”—and among the top 15 public state flagship schools—by The Sierra Club.

corporate-relations-aetna.jpgAetna Foundation Meets Beneficiaries of Gift

2010 marks the fifth anniversary since the Aetna Foundation made a $2 million donation to support the Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative (HPPI). Executives from the foundation recently visited the UConn Health Center to meet with some of the students whose lives have been transformed by the program and their faculty advisors.

corporate-relations-simplex.jpgSimplexGrinnell Supports Schools, Golf Tournament

A $140,000 gift from SimplexGrinnell will provide scholarships to engineering and business students and support experiential learning.

corporate-relations-boa.jpgBank of America Gift Supports Teacher Training Partnership Between Bulkeley High, UConn

Bank of America has donated $25,000 through the UConn Foundation to the Teacher Preparatory Studies Program at Bulkeley High School, a new initiative that prepares and encourages talented students, particularly from minority groups, to become teachers.

corporate-relations-nutmeg.jpgMany Helping Hands Pitch in for a Theatrical Rebirth

The Nutmeg Summer Playhouse returned in 2010 when three corporate sponsors, Hamilton Sundstrand, Tim Hunter Design and Leyland Alliance, community partners and the University stepped up to revive what is now known as the Nutmeg Summer Series. Significant contributions from WHUS, the NewAlliance Foundation and the Willimantic Chronicle helped to make the season possible as well.

corporate-relations-topcoder.jpgUConn Ties Run Deep in Family Business, Philanthropy

UConn connections run deep in the Hughes family, something that has carried through to their growing family business and now in their philanthropic support for the University.

corporate-relations-raveis.jpgRaveis/ACS Navigator Program Inspires Patient to Help Others

When the William Raveis Charitable Fund committed $750,000 two years ago to support the UConn Health Center’s program for helping cancer patients navigate their way through treatment, it was with the support of Raveis employees who wished they had had such an invaluable service when they or their family members had been fighting the disease.


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