Information for Foundations


Foundation Relations fosters relationships that unite the goals of philanthropic foundations with the wealth of University expertise and solutions. We help you to connect and collaborate to advance mutual goals that align with the University’s research, teaching, and outreach mission.

The Foundation Relations team works closely with philanthropic foundations to develop innovative projects and programs that promise positive, sustained impact. We also work with administrators and academic deans to pave the way for successful partnerships, and then help manage the long-term relationships that result.

If you represent a foundation and would like to explore synergies between your goals and Penn State’s initiatives and expertise, please email Foundation Relations. We can also help program staff navigate the University to find faculty and programs of interest, and arrange for campus and site visits. Foundation representatives who have already identified faculty members of interest are more than welcome to contact those researchers directly.   


Our team provides expertise, services, and tools:

  • Connecting you with Penn State faculty experts
  • Convening campus conversations around themes of interest
  • Working with your staff to insure your goals are met
  • Organizing campus visits
  • Engaging University leadership
  • Developing proposals and gift agreements
  • Expediting outcome reports
  • Facilitating foundation recognition

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Our faculty and students understand that the real measure of success is what they do to improve the lives of others; developing solutions to pressing challenges facing our communities at the local, regional, national, or global level.”

Foundation Partner Stories

November 2, 2016
Penn State Electrical Engineering faculty member, Xingjie Ni, has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This is the first year for the Moore Inventor Fellowships program, which recognizes early-career innovators at U.S. universities with a high potential to accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.

September 22, 2016
Four Penn State researchers have been awarded a total of $450,000 by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to carry out basic science research over the next two years.

June 20, 2016
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.

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.