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How Corporate and Foundation Relations Support Faculty, Research and Programs

In 2016, Foundations made almost $60 billion in philanthropic contributions nationally, and Corporations gave almost $19 billion. These organizations may present a great opportunity to diversify your research or programmatic funding… and SMHS Institutional Giving is here to help!

 We offer a full spectrum of services to help faculty identify, cultivate, and solicit foundation and corporate funding.  This includes:

  • Conducting research to identify appropriate funding prospects for faculty projects
  • Assisting faculty with outreach to new prospects or in leveraging existing university connections to prospects to cultivate a proposal
  • Managing the proposal development process, including proposal editing, assistance in framing content and language to resonate with funder, liaising with departmental research administrators and the Office of Sponsored Projects, and procuring required University signatures and documents
  • Providing opportunities for internal peer review by connecting PIs to faculty previously funded by the prospect, when possible
  • Organize and administer limited submission competitions in collaboration with University and SMHS research offices

Contact our team at today!  We are available to attend department meetings and other faculty gatherings to share the concrete ways in which we find funding, craft outreach, create strategy, and support proposal drafting and submission.  Please reach out!  We look forward to working with you.

Corporate Foundations Relations
From left to right: Dorota Amin, Maryam Henson, and Zack Knowles

Who we are (click a name for more information):

Associate Director of Institutional Giving, School of Medicine and Health Sciences I work with faculty members to identify and conduct outreach to corporate and foundation prospects, and develop and submit proposals. I began in this position in September 2017, and prior to that served as the Associate Director of Foundation Relations in GW’s Central Development and Alumni Relations division since 2013, where SMHS was also part of my portfolio.
Director, Corporate Relations, Development and Alumni Relations I am responsible for leading the corporate engagement strategy across the university. I work closely with the SMHS Institutional Giving team to identify corporate prospects and plan and execute corporate engagement strategies for the medical school.
Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations I oversee corporate and foundation engagement and fundraising across all schools at GW, working closely with academic leadership to grow support for faculty research and university programs. Within SMHS I collaborate with academic leadership, including Drs. Miller, Bushardt, and Hall, to develop processes that make SMHS faculty more aware of institutional strategy, grant opportunities and available assistance in submitting applications.


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