Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations

POLICY: 9.4
Effective Date:
Last Updated: 01/28/2011

This office is responsible for managing and coordinating the University's relationships with corporations and private foundations in an effort to increase funding support for UGA. The coordination of corporate and foundation fundraising is necessary due to the large number of University personnel requesting or needing assistance by maximizing their chances for support through the elimination of duplicate solicitations. The OCFR offers full and individual attention to all faculty and staff inquiries by providing prospect research, clearance to approach corporations and private foundations, recommendations for cultivation and solicitation strategies, and stewardship activities. When appropriate, the OCFR serves as a liaison to the President's Office.

1. Any faculty/staff seeking private support from a corporation or a private foundation must contact the Executive Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations and/or the appropriate Unit Development Officer. All letters of inquiry and all proposals must be approved by the Executive Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations.

2. In most instances, proposals sent to corporations or foundations on behalf of the University must include a Presidential cover letter, as many foundations and corporations will not consider a proposal unless the President's endorsement accompanies the formal request. The Executive Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations will request this letter from the President.

3. Any proposal that contemplates new programs, new positions or a commitment of matching funds from the University will require a letter of support from the President or the Provost.

4. For those faculty/staff having ongoing relationships with foundation and corporate representatives, interaction with the Executive Director is urged. The Executive Director should be informed of cultivation activities and solicitation strategies.