Corporations & Foundations

Penn State has a long history of partnerships with corporations, foundations, and other philanthropic organizations. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is a central resource serving as an access point for philanthropic engagement and additional Penn State resources and services.  We further organizational relationships by identifying funding opportunities, developing proposals, and providing effective philanthropic stewardship.


Information for Administrators & Faculty

The CFR staff supports the efforts of our administrators, faculty, and development directors. We offer a range of services to help you successfully identify and secure funding from foundations and corporations interested in supporting University priorities.

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Information for Corporations

Corporate Relations bridges the corporate and academic worlds, developing partnerships that align business objectives with Penn State’s strategic initiatives. As a single University entry point, we facilitate access to knowledgeable faculty and researchers, talented students, high-tech facilities, market-ready technologies, and opportunities for philanthropic support of transformational programs.

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Information for Foundations

Foundation Relations fosters relationships uniting the goals of philanthropic foundations with the wealth of University expertise and solutions. We work with you to advance mutual ideas aligned with the University’s research, teaching, and outreach mission that collectively transform the communities in which we work and live.

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The Corporate and Foundation Relations Team

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations team facilitates relationships with corporations and foundations and helps to make connections as a single point-of-contact. 

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Recent Corporate & Foundation News

Penn State, Botstiber Foundation partner to enhance educational access in Africa
Penn State and the Botstiber Foundation formalized plans to launch the Botstiber Scholars Program — beginning in the fall of 2016 — in a signing ceremony held Feb. 18 at University Park.

Volvo Group Signs Academic Preferred Partner Agreement with Penn State
University Park, Pa.—Volvo Group North America recently renewed its Academic Preferred Partner agreement with Penn State for another three-year term. The program provides Penn State students with co-op, internship and mentoring opportunities and offers talent recruitment and research benefits to the Volvo Group.

Dow Strengthens Partnership with Penn State
Penn State and Dow have collaborated for years to enrich student experiences, enable student success and foster discovery through research. The partnership was further strengthened today with the announcement that Dow is expanding its current commitment to the University’s Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs by supporting construction of a new building in 2016. The new facility will result in research labs and teaching facilities beyond what is currently available for chemical engineering research at any university, ensuring that Penn State’s Department of Chemical Engineering remains a highly ranked national program.

Penn State Ranked Number One by Corporate Recruiters
A recent Wall Street Journal survey of leading corporate recruiters names Penn State as the leading institution for graduates best prepared to succeed in their firms. This report demonstrates how broad investment in Penn State yields dividends for our corporate partners.

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