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Corporate and Foundation Relations

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The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR), in the Division of Development and University Relations (DAUR), supports Fordham University in achieving its education and research mission by raising funds from corporations and foundations.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations works across Fordham's undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, and Law School to assist faculty and program directors in obtaining external support for projects that have been identified as University priorities. Grant funds from corporations and foundations enable research, fund special projects, meet capital needs, support curriculum development, and provide resources for community engagement and a variety of other initiatives.

As an office within Development and University Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations raises money for scholarships and campaign priorities but also works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs in seeking competitive grants for faculty research and special projects.

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The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations manages Fordham’s relationship with corporations and foundations and serves as a clearinghouse for information on corporate and foundation grantmaking. Because many of these private funding sources are being actively cultivated, CFR coordinates communication with all corporations and foundations. Faculty and program directors are required to contact CFR prior to contacting or soliciting any corporation or foundation. CFR also monitors funding opportunities, and with the Office of Sponsored Programs, circulates requests for proposals (RFPs), funding announcements, and information on limited submission opportunities.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations provides a range of services depending on the nature of the project, the type of funder and grant program, the principal investigator, and submission deadline, as outlined below and described in greater detail under Services:

  • Prospect Identification and Qualification
  • Cultivation
  • Solicitation
  • Stewardship

For more information, please contact Maggie Arthurs, Senior Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Fordham University.