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Giving by Example

Karen Hale P’20 and Rob ’88 demonstrate the power of thinking bigKaren Hale P’20 and Rob ’88

In spring 2021, Rob and Karen Hale announced the largest gift in Conn history—$30 million on top of their previous gift of $20 million.

Their combined campaign contribution of $50 million invests $5 million in the College’s nationally recognized career program and will provide $10 million for infrastructure, $15 million for athletics and $20 million for financial aid endowment.

The Hales’ generosity has already precipitated an era of remarkable Conn innovation—including ground-breaking innovations to curriculum, academic support, global engagement, intercultural dialogue and career preparation.

As priorities of our 10-year strategic plan, Building on Strength, all these initiatives deepen Conn’s capacity to help every student reach their potential and contribute to the larger good.

Beyond giving back to an institution that has meant a great deal in their own lives, the Hales hope their philanthropy will inspire others.

“More than ever, our society needs the kinds of graduates that this College helps develop, and we are honored to help do our part to stand with them. We hope others will join us.”

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