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You made an impact in FY2021

A Year Like No Other

The 2021 fiscal year was one with incredible challenges and uncertainties—a year like no other. However, with your help, we were able to transform it into a year of expanded opportunities for students—who not only adapted to a world forever changed but triumphed. Driven by your support and their passion, our students performed with great resilience in pursuit of their dreams.

We did this together and I join our faculty, staff, and especially our students in telling you how deeply grateful we are.

Thank you from all of us in the University of Hartford community.

Kate Pendergast Kate Pendergast
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs

Total giving: $14.2M

Total raised includes over $10.5M in cash and pledges, and $3.7M in new planned gift intentions from Founders' Planned Giving Society members.

9,028 total gifts

40% from alumni
1.5% from parents
16% from friends
0.5% from students
42% from foundations and organizations

1,565 Rosen Society members

The Rosen Society—our most dedicated supporters who have made gifts for five or more consecutive years—continues to grow. We welcomed 131 new members this year, who, with their fellow Rosen Society members, helped to strengthen UHart's mission with a total of over $2.76M in gifts.

Special thanks to our faculty and staff

24% of University of Hartford faculty and staff gave in FY21 to support UHart students.


As of June 30, 2021, our endowment value was $198,466,998, seeing a growth of over $46.6M from the previous fiscal year.

A Day of Giving to Remember

Though social distancing kept us apart, alumni, students, families, and friends rallied together to make it one unforgettable Day of Giving on March 11, 2021. To launch the day, Hawks from near and far joined us for an exhilarating all-star Kick-Off Party, which featured notable alumni including Javier Colon '00, Marin Ireland '00, Phillip Boykin '95, Bronze Radio Return, Brandee Younger '06, and more, as well as some of our talented UHart students. And on March 11, a record-breaking number of community members answered the call to support their #UHartCause, from scholarship aid to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, to academic and athletics programs.

Record-breaking total of donors in one day, exceeding our original goal!
For causes throughout campus, including flexible funding for the UHart Impact Fund
Gifts with a total of $148,595 supported Hartford Athletics

A Bold Vision—Realized

The power and resilience of our students is evident all over campus, as we are in the dawn of a new era for the University of Hartford. Fiscal year 2021 saw a period of immense growth at the University, with the completion of the 60,000-square foot Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions and expanded academic programs to prepare our students for in-demand careers, from aerospace engineering and robotics to occupational therapy and more. With our local partners, including Pratt & Whitney, Aetna, and Hartford Steam Boiler, students, particularly those from underrepresented communities, have greater access to educational opportunities through scholarships and learning experiences. State-of-the-art labs and clinics are giving students a leading edge in career readiness, including mastering clinical reasoning and addressing issues of health inequities to better serve people of the greater Hartford area. A new Internet of Things (IoT) lab will not only help prepare students for the jobs of the future but also help shape the development of UHart's IoT program. Throughout campus, curriculums are focused on student success, infusing practical learning, interprofessional collaboration, and exposure to real-world experiences.


Despite the campus being under a new "normal," UHart students thrived in 2020–21. Your gifts inspired and motivated them to succeed academically, personally, and in competition. From health care, education, and business to architecture and engineering, and from the visual and performing arts to those pursuing advanced degrees, UHart graduates are paving the way as the next generation of changemakers.

Generous support to The Women's Advancement Initiative provided emergency funding for several LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) students deeply affected by the pandemic. Gifts also funded innovative programming, including 54 interactive sessions on leadership development, resilience coaching, and more, enabling us to carry on the proud legacy of Hartford College for Women.

Hartford student-athletes had an impressive academic year with 81 percent receiving the distinction of being named to the America East Academic Honor Roll, and among their athletics achievements this year, Men's Basketball claimed its first-ever America East championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

See Student Success Stories

Those who have chosen to leave their legacies with the University made a substantial impact this past year, and will continue to do so in perpetuity for generations of UHart students. World traveler, educator, and philanthropist Gladys Dunn '60 understood the importance of connecting with and learning from other cultures. Her generous $2 million bequest will provide international educational opportunities for countless students, preparing them to be compassionate, global citizens.

Across the University, your support has meant so much more than financial assistance to UHart students. It has provided them with the opportunity to look forward on a career path, push their limits, and chase their dreams. It has meant a chance to succeed—today and in the future.

Our Students Say Thank You
Full-time students with some form of financial aid
Average aid package per student in FY21
Undergraduates benefited from scholarships and aid in FY21

Scholarships mean the most to us as students because it makes us feel a sense of community receiving love and support from people who see potential in us....this kind of generosity financially can really provide a sense of stability for students that need it the most.

Paige DiCiccio '24