Information for Administrators & Faculty

Services We Provide

We offer a range of services to help you successfully navigate the fundraising process — from identifying prospects to developing strategic proposals and stewarding gifts. We focus on interdisciplinary projects that span the University and require considerable support. 

  • Facilitate philanthropic relationships with companies and foundations 
  • Research potential corporate and foundation funding sources
  • Assess a project's philanthropic funding potential and make recommendations on engaging donors
  • Develop and review letters of inquiry, proposals, and other application materials
  • Supply necessary supporting materials and obtain institutional signatures
  • Coordinate and provide staffing for campus and site visits for current and potential funders
  • Assist with stewardship activities such as gift reports and recognition opportunities for funded projects
  • Circulate funding opportunities and RFP's to appropriate colleges, departments, and units
  • Provide fundraising resources and training workshops

Step 1: Contact Us

Not sure where to begin? The CFR team is ready to assist you in securing philanthropic support. We use liaison assignments to structure our efforts between colleges, units, and campuses; please contact the appropriate team member for assistance. General inquiries can be directed to or 814-863-4308.

Step 2: Assistance Request

For assistance in finding funding, cultivating donors, developing proposals or managing and leveraging existing philanthropic awards, please complete our request for assistance form. Afterwards, we will contact you to discuss next steps.

Centrally-Coordinated Funders

We encourage faculty and staff to contact CFR before applying to any private foundation or corporation so that we may update you on the current status of Penn State’s relationship. For some funders, we require notification prior to any contact. We may need to make you aware of application limitations, donor preferences or ongoing strategic conversations.

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Central University Partners

CFR partners with a number of complementary offices across campus in a coordinated effort to maximize gift impact.

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Administration & Faculty Partner Stories

Corporate and foundation support is playing an increasingly important role in the success of Penn State. Here is a sample of recent charitable gifts and grants, displaying the source, purpose, and ways we provided expertise in securing the award.

October 5, 2015
In today’s global society, economic relations have typically overshadowed cultural communications in the collaborations between nations and communities across the globe. But the humanities are important because they bring forth critical voices in any intercultural dialogue. With the support of a new grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Penn State and Nanjing University will address this imbalance by launching a long-term partnership to forge lasting relationships between faculty and students in the humanities and to elevate U.S.-China dialogue for greater cultural understanding. 

May 15, 2015
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.