About UVU Foundation

The Utah Valley University Foundation is the duly established charitable, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity that accepts gifts, pledges and payments to benefit UVU. The Foundation serves as ambassadors for the University, manages the University's investment funds, and works to raise funds for University priorities. Since 1981, it has contributed millions of dollars in support for UVU. This support includes funding for scholarships, curriculum development, and institutional support.

Mission Statement

The UVU Foundation operates in support of UVU's current and future needs as a vital component in the community's economic and educational engines. The Foundation is a forward-thinking philanthropic body supporting the vision of the University by contributing expertise, experience, dedication and financial resources.


Utah Valley University's rich history mirrors that of the community. It began as a wartime vocational training ground and evolved to serve today's needs as a regional teaching university. In 1941, the Central Utah Vocational School was formed in response to the need for skilled workers to support the nation's efforts in World War II. In the nearly seven decades since that time, UVU evolved into a trades academy; a community college; and, as of July 1, 2008, Utah's newest university. What began as a tiny vocational school with a few hundred students is now the largest university in Utah, serving 40,000 students.

Foundation Board

Foundation Board Members support UVU by:

  • Telling the story of the University
  • Planning, organizing, and executing fundraising programs and activities
  • Achieving a rate of return for the University endowment above the median performance of similar funds

Foundation Board Members

President's Circle

The President's Circle honors those who have generously given lifetime cumulative donations exceeding $25,000 in cash or in-kind donations. Membership is recognized in one of five President's Circle levels: Emerald, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Foundation Ambassadors

The recipients of this scholarship become UVU Foundation Student Ambassadors. They represent the University at key events throughout the year.

2018-2019 Foundation Ambassadors

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is responsible for monitoring and balancing the Foundation’s endowment within the guidelines of the investment policy and for selecting and overseeing the Foundation’s asset managers.

Investment Committee