You should contact the Office of Foundation Relations when any foundation will be approached. This will enable us to provide essential oversight and services, including:

  • Assessing a project’s suitability for foundations and alignment with SU’s institutional priorities.
  • Helping to target your proposals to the best possible matches among foundation prospects.
  • Sharing info about foundations we have relationships with.
  • Facilitating cross-institutional and interdisciplinary proposals by bringing together participants from different schools, colleges, and University offices.
  • Distributing foundation RFPs to relevant schools and faculty.
  • Assisting with strategy, aligning with foundation interests and SU institutional priorities.
  • Facilitating approaches to foundations, including those we do not have relationships with.
  • For SU institutional priority projects, helping to develop letters of inquiry and proposals.
  • Assisting with stewardship and follow-up, including recognition and acknowledgement of foundation awards.
  • Tracking foundation history and gifts.
  • Coordinating with other University offices, including the Chancellor’s office, the Provost, academic deans, college-based development officers, and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).