Endowments are permanent sources of support that help build a firm foundation for UConn’s future. Endowments are gifts of money or other donated property, such as stocks or bonds, that are invested to produce ongoing income for designated purposes. Because they are invested, endowments can provide a perpetual gift to support faculty chairs, scholarships, lecture series and many more initiatives across the University of Connecticut.
The UConn Foundation holds and manages more than 1,100 endowments, the combined value of which has grown to more than $250 million. These endowed funds are critical to securing UConn’s long-term financial stability. When alumni and friends establish endowments, the Foundation invests the funds to provide a permanent source of financial support to benefit the University. Working with a team of professional investment managers and advisors, and with oversight from the Board of Directors’ Investment Committee, Foundation staff work to continue this growth and provide a sustainable base of ongoing support. For more information about how the Foundation manages the University's endowment, please visit the Investment Management page.
Giving to UConn historically has been concentrated in non-endowed (75 percent) versus endowed (25 percent) contributions. Increasing the volume of endowed gifts will strengthen UConn’s stable, long-term foundation of support. Through Our University. Our Moment. The Campaign for UConn, our objective is to move toward a greater balance, raising 65 percent in non-endowed gifts and 35 percent in endowed gifts.
|Non-endowed gifts (for current operations)||$390 million|
|Endowed gifts||$210 million|
While UConn's endowment has grown dramatically in the past decade, the University lags behind most peer and aspirational peer institutions. Growing UConn's endowment to a level consummate with its reputation and ambitions is one of the key goals behind Our University. Our Moment. The Campaign for UConn.