John Sponauer, UConn Foundation

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Igniting Student Philanthropy at UConn

An award-winning student giving competition is back for a second year, with teams competing for more than $25,000 in prize money.

Marshall watercolor

Remembering Two Giants of Children’s Literature

Acclaimed children's author Maurice Sendak bequeathed his personal collection of works by 'George and Martha' author James Marshall to the Dodd Center.

McMahon in Argentina (Photo courtesy of the UConn Foundation)

Couple Supports Global Studies

Al '75 and Lynda '76 McMahon believe the experience of studying abroad benefits not just the students involved, but the locales to which they travel.

Brett Decker worked in the Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans for Community Collaborations International. (Bret Eckhardt/UConn Photo)

‘Ignite’ Giving Competition Raises $65,000 for Student Programs

Community Outreach Alternative Breaks was the winning team in the University’s first crowd-funded philanthropy competition.


A World Traveler Supports UConn Study Abroad

Dr. Michael Rosen, an alum with two degrees from UConn, has established a fund to encourage students in the physical and life sciences to study abroad.

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Ignite Competition Kicks Off Crowdfunding at UConn

A UConn alumnus is offering $25,000 to University-related causes that get the largest number of students and young alumni to support them by May 3.

Alexander 'Bud' Gavitt Jr. had a long career in communications for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He established a fund to help students get experience in the same field. (Amy Chesmer/UConn Photo)

Honoring an Agricultural Legend

When Bud Gavitt retired after a long career in agricultural communications, he set up a fund to help students get experience in the same field.

CEA Joins UConn’s Fundraising Drive for Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund to Honor Newtown Victims

The Connecticut Education Association pledges strong support for scholarship fund established by UConn in memory of Sandy Hook victims.

Robert (left) and Charles '53, '62 Knapp. (Photo courtesy of The UConn Foundation)

Gift Honors an Engineering Icon

The children of emeritus engineering professor Charles Knapp '52, '63, have created an endowed associate professorship in electrical engineering in honor of their father.

Jim Calhoun smiles at a press conference held at Gampel Pavilion to announce his retirement and the appointment of Kevin Ollie as head men's basketball coach on Sept. 13, 2012. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Fans Honor Coach Calhoun Through Major Group Gift

Fans of Jim Calhoun are making a donation in his honor to the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health Center.