Foundation Relations

The goal of the Foundation Relations Program is to increase the amount of private foundation grants made to Penn State research, academic programs, and outreach projects. Foundation Relations works closely with the deans, associate deans for research, Office of Sponsored Programs, faculty, and development officers to provide various foundation-related services to the University. These activities range from identifying foundation funding opportunities, assisting with project and proposal development, conducting foundation site-visits, providing grantsmanship training, facilitating the submission of grant proposals, and stewardship of grants received.

We seek to provide a service that is both strategic and coordinated. We assist in turning great ideas into fundable projects in partnership with foundations whose funding initiatives align with the University's strengths in research and programming.


Targeting Major Foundations summarizes twenty-nine foundations with priorities that fit Penn State research and programmatic strengths.
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Support from Penn State’s partners is a valuable aid in providing high-quality education, innovative research, and expanded public service initiatives. Gifts That Impact provides specific examples of how corporate and foundation support has assisted students, faculty, and staff at Penn State.