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Support from companies takes a variety of forms and is quite different from funding provided by foundations or federal funding agencies. Companies engage in partnerships with academic institutions that advance their business goals, whether in the area of employee recruitment and training, research and development, philanthropy or brand awareness.

Start by determining if your project is a good fit for corporate funding and we can partner with you to plan your corporate engagement and solicitation strategy.

Is My Project a Fit?

Corporate relations staff members are available to help with:

  • Identifying potential corporate partners for your project
  • Providing context on JMU’s relationship and history with a particular corporation
  • Planning a corporate outreach strategy and arranging meetings and visits to campus for corporate representatives
  • Offering resources on soliciting charitable sponsorships and charitable gifts
  • Preparing proposals that will resonate with corporate funders

Priority Corporations

Corporations often prefer to have holistic partnerships with universities, and JMU has many such relationships with companies across the country. Before contacting a corporation, please review the Priority Corporations List to see if your corporate prospect is on the priority list. This does not preclude you from seeking project funding from this particular corporation; it will just need to be a consideration in your funding strategy.

Please contact John Meck, Director of Corporate Relations for more information at meckjh@jmu.edu or 540-568-4122, and review the resources on this page for applying for and stewarding corporate funding.

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