Foundation Support

Charitable foundations leverage their resources by investing in the University through the UConn Foundation. We share with our partners a deep commitment to research and education as a means of addressing the most pressing global challenges of our time.

The Office of Foundation Relations helps the University community identify, establish and coordinate foundation support for the University’s educational, academic and community service priorities. We focus on long-term relationships with dynamic philanthropic organizations, from national foundations with worldwide reach to regionally based private foundations and community foundations.

Together, we are building partnerships for a better world.


  • Develop awareness within the University community about funding opportunities and methodologies for securing foundation funding
  • Market the significant accomplishments and foci of UConn’s faculty, students and staff to foundations
  • Identify intersecting interests between the University’s faculty and foundations to build collaborative partnerships

Recent Gifts

Foundation support for UConn's missions stretch across the entire University. Here are some recent examples:

stories-2011-04-bimp.jpgGrant Brings Puppetry to the Hartford Community

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation of West Hartford recently supported the World of Puppetry program at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry with a grant of $5,000. The World of Puppetry brings this unique asset of the University to performances throughout the Greater Hartford Community. UConn's puppets and master puppeteers will present their art and craft at the UConn Health Center, Billings Forge Community Works, the Mark Twain House and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in a series of performances throughout the next year. For more information about the Ballard Institute and the Museum of Puppetry, please visit their Web site.

foundation-relations-davis.jpgGrant Helps Freshman Writing Flourish

The ability to write is often overlooked in the search for more saleable skills. But becoming an engineer, a pharmacist or a physician does not diminish the need for writing prowess. The Davis Educational Foundation of Falmouth, Maine, will help that effort with a $203,000 grant to further the teaching of writing to freshmen.

foundation-relations-commpact.jpgSuccess Attracts New Grants for CommPACT

An innovative University of Connecticut program designed to help close the achievement gap in Connecticut public schools has received three major gifts totaling $495,000. After promising results in the CommPACT Schools initiative’s first year, the program has attracted new grants of $250,000 from the NEA Foundation, $195,000 from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation and more than $50,000 from AT&T.

foundation-relations-chf.jpgUConn Project to Reduce Health Disparities in Hartford

Disparities in health and health care endemic in Hartford and across the state and country affect the lives of millions. A new $561,000 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation is supporting a groundbreaking project led by UConn Health Center professors Robert Aseltine, Jr. and Bruce Gould, M.D. aimed at improving care for disadvantaged patients in Hartford.


Christopher Petkovich
Director of Foundation Relations
Toll free: 800.269.9965; Direct: 860.486.0303

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