About The Charger Challenge

Meeting the Challenge

for the next 100 years

We took up the challenge nearly a century ago, in 1920. That was a time of great social and economic turmoil, across the nation and around the world. A terrible war had been followed by a deep recession, with high rates of unemployment among returning veterans. The future seemed uncertain, at best.

To that challenge, the young University of New Haven brought unusual talents and resources. We were idealistic, but also pragmatic. Despite our traditional roots—as an academic offspring of Yale and Northeastern—we took risks. Decade after decade, we put ourselves on the cutting edge of business and industry, teaching subjects that most universities didn’t yet recognize as subjects. In a no-frills setting, we fostered an entrepreneurial spirit. To some, we became known as the “Second-Chance College,” reaching out to talented young people who hadn’t yet found their niche. Some lacked financial resources. Some still had to learn how to bring their talents to bear in a college setting. We helped them all—and many others.

Today, we still perform that critical mission. And we do far more. We provide a unique education— entrepreneurial, experiential, practical and hands-on— to an increasingly selective group of undergraduates and graduate students. Those young people are incredibly diverse, but they all share three characteristics: talent, ambition and persistence.

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President Steven Kaplan

Today and tomorrow, we need to do even more. Toward that end, we launch The Charger Challenge— with the goal of raising $100 million— and we invite you to join us in that ambitious effort.

Introducing the
Charger Challenge

Hear From Our Students

Our Priorities

What do you do when you arrive at the future you’ve envisioned? You look around the next bend. You look over the next hill.

After several years of discussion and consultation, in 2012 the University of New Haven Board of Governors authorized University leadership to launch a fundraising drive of $100 million. Why?

The University was enjoying unprecedented stability and growth. Alumni support—in the form of annual giving and attendance at reunions and other events—was up dramatically. But most important, the University of New Haven’s leaders had successfully implemented the strategic plan that the Board had adopted a decade earlier, and they now put forward a new and compelling vision for the University.

Our goal is to grow our endowment by $35 million.

makerspace_imgCapital Projects and Facilities
We hope to raise $35 million for these important projects.

fund_imgCurrent Use and Program Investments
We must raise $30 million in this category.

How will that money be spent?

We will innovate. We will create new opportunities for students. We will invest in our future.

There is good news to report: We are well on our way. The University of New Haven is already almost halfway toward our $100 million goal. We now seek to raise the additional funds needed to expand our agenda for leadership.

That is the Charger Challenge.

The Challenge To Innovate

We need to create a facility—call it the “Innovation Center”—that will capture the essence of what we do in experiential learning: a project-based, collaborative learning space.

The Challenge To Create Opportunity

Opportunity takes resources, especially in the form of financial aid. And as it turns out, this is an excellent investment: Our graduates get jobs and repay their loans.

The Challenge To Invest

Rebuilding, reinforcing and expanding key curricular areas will require a combination of ongoing funding— to jumpstart idea-generation and agenda-setting— and permanent faculty positions.