The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) at the University of Pennsylvania serves as the central point of contact for private and corporate foundations interested in supporting university research and programs. The Office is dedicated to establishing new relationships and enhancing existing relationships with a wide range of local, national, and international organizations.
Our focus is on identifying and engaging both prospective external partners and University leaders and faculty who have shared interests and complementary needs. Our expertise covers Penn’s teaching, research, and public service activities as well as knowledge of the University’s broader institutional needs for endowed faculty positions, student scholarship support, and capital needs. This knowledge enables our Office to direct prospective partners to those opportunities best suited to their research and philanthropic objectives.
To achieve our mission, we work closely with other units of the University including Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Development and Alumni Relations, the Office of Research Services, and the Penn Center for Innovation.
Foundation Relations informs philanthropic organizations about research, programming, and outreach activities at the University of Pennsylvania that align with private foundations’ funding interests.
Corporate Relations helps Penn faculty, schools, and centers identify corporate philanthropic resources to advance their work. For Corporations seeking assistance in navigating sponsored research, intellectual property and other contract opportunities, please contact the Penn Center for Innovation.
For additional information, please contact the Corporate & Foundation Relations Offices.
For more information on corporate or foundation support for the University, please contact the Central Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at (215) 573-2929