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Engaging Corporations & Foundations
Developing relationships with corporations and foundations
Requesting funding from a corporation or foundation often requires an approach that may include following specific guidelines or making an individual connection within the organization. IU's corporate and foundation relations staff are available to help navigate these unique and varied funding pathways.
For foundations, the first contact will often involve a letter of inquiry (Accessible 02/25/19) or phone consultation with a specific foundation representative. The foundation relations team can help you find the right individual within the organization to contact and make the initial outreach, or determine how to structure a letter of inquiry appropriately for a particular foundation. Additionally, they can help determine whether your project or research is well-aligned with a particular foundation’s priorities and goals.
For corporations, it is often unclear how to request funding or with whom to initiate contact. The corporate relations team can help identify individuals within the corporation and make the initial outreach to determine how to work with the organization and how to submit a funding request. For example, multiple conversations may be necessary with experts within the company to determine common goals and methods. Additionally, the corporate relations team can assist you in exploring the different ways corporations partner with and support universities.
Once you reach the proposal stage of approaching a foundation or corporation, IU offers a range of proposal development resources and services to assist you.
If you are seeking funding from an organization or have already received funding, the corporate and foundation relations team is available to support you at any stage in the process. Please contact the teams to request their services.