Corporate and Foundation Relations

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a program that needs funding…what I do next?
Please go to our Seeking Grant Funding page.  Make sure you have prior approval from your department chair to pursue funding for your project.

I have a prospect in mind for support of my program…what do I do next?
Please make sure to contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to ensure that your project is coordinated with other University of Delaware efforts.  The University may already have a relationship with the funder.  We want to add value to what you do by assisting with developing and writing proposals, acting as a point of contact, etc.

How do I find out what kinds of gifts are being made by a corporation or foundation?
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations can provide research support, including tracking current and past gifts made to universities and other organizations.  This information can be very helpful in preparing your request.  Please contact us at 302-831-4460 or shenry@udel.edu

Several of my recent requests have been declined.  What are corporations and foundations looking for?
Corporate and foundation support represents just 15% of giving nationwide, and is extremely competitive.  To be successful, your program or project must be leading-edge, exciting, and stand out from the crowd.  Your proposal must also be well-written and fall within the interests of your identified prospective funder.  Do not become discouraged -- most proposals fail because funders lack the money to fund every good request.  The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations can help you identify prospects whose interests match yours, and can help craft the best approaches.

Why can’t I approach the major local foundations and corporations?
The University carefully approaches local large foundations and corporations, many of which have active relationships with the University.  Many of these relationships are managed through the President’s office, and approaches are made for major gifts for key University priorities.  The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations can help identify new prospects to support your programs.

Should I research prospective corporate and foundation supporters?
A number of resources exist to help find prospective grant support.  The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is also available to help you identify potential grant funding for your program. 

What other sources of funding are available for my program?
Support from individual donors represents roughly 85% of all giving.  As such, a successful fundraising effort must include a plan to approach individual donors for support.  Work with your UD College development officer to secure this important support.  The UD Research Office also provides support in seeking federal grant funding and sponsored research support.

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