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A KEY LIAISON BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY AND ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE, we specialize in building relationships. JMU’s department of Corporate and Foundation Relations focuses on creating mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration and funding.

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Specifically, our Corporate and Foundation Relations staff connects campus colleagues with private (non-governmental) philanthropies and companies by

    • getting to know the promising research and program objectives of university faculty, staff, leaders, and students; and
    • establishing exciting connections with corporate partners and private foundations who see the benefit of advancing their objectives through the educational mission of JMU.

We make introductions, coordinate with organizations for gift and grant making, help JMU faculty and staff discover and secure private funding, and facilitate meaningful interactions between companies and our faculty members and students.

We work with corporate representatives to:

  • Find where company values and mission intersect with university initiatives and priorities
  • Establish strategic partnerships with members of the faculty and staff
  • Create brand awareness among students in related fields
  • Develop a skilled, diverse workforce

We consult private foundations’ program officers to:

  • Deliver grant proposals from JMU that align with the purpose and funding priorities of the potential grantor
  • Ensure that the grantors procedures and protocols are followed carefully 
  • Provide all reporting as required and requested

We collaborate with JMU leaders, faculty, and staff to:

  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Facilitate meaningful, productive conversations with company representatives
  • Develop competitive gift and grant proposals
  • Navigate JMU’s internal grant processes

In addition to deep understanding of the university’s institutional needs for expendable and endowed student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, and capital projects, our expertise covers JMU’s teaching, research, and public service. This ensures the CFR team can direct prospective partners to opportunities that align with their research and philanthropic objectives.


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