Corporate engagement

The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team at the University of Minnesota Foundation serve as relationship managers for corporations and manages system-wide partnerships. Working collaboratively with all key stakeholders, CFR aligns University and industry priorities to yield mutually beneficial results.

Because many companies have multiple interests and activities campus- and system-wide, CFR partners with the President’s office, Office of Vice President of Research, Provost’s office, Sponsored Project Administration, Office for Technology Commercialization, and University Economic Development to provide coordinated industry relationships.

Technology and innovation

  • Sponsor research
  • License or commercialize technology
  • Participate in center/institute activities
  • Co-locate on campus
  • Enlist faculty expertise
  • Use research facilities
  • Join U of M research consortium

Workforce development

  • Recruit talent
  • Engage with students
  • Provide executive and continuing education
  • Partner on K–12 outreach efforts to build a diverse pipeline

Executive and employee engagement

  • Participate on U of M boards
  • Serve as executive champion/sponsor
  • Teach in classrooms
  • Contribute expertise at U of M conferences and events

Outreach and visibility

  • Sponsor and participate in events
  • Volunteer and mentor
  • Host a corporate alumni network
  • Explore naming opportunities
  • Initiate global programs
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Technology and innovation

  • Sponsor research
  • License or commercialize technology
  • Participate in center and institute activities
  • Co-locate on campus
  • Enlist faculty expertise
  • Utilize specialized research facilities and equipment
  • Become a member of U of M research consortium

Workforce development

  • Recruit talent
  • Engage with students
  • Provide executive and continuing education
  • Partner on K–12 outreach efforts to build a diverse pipeline

Executive and employee engagement

  • Participate on U of M boards
  • Serve as executive champion/sponsor
  • Teach in classrooms
  • Contribute expertise at U of M conferences and events

Outreach and visibility

  • Sponsor and participate in events
  • Volunteer and mentor
  • Host a corporate alumni network
  • Explore naming opportunities
  • Initiate global programs

Collaboration

The University of Minnesota Foundation's CFR team partners with the following corporate and foundation relations teams at U of M colleges and campuses:

We also partner with the following offices at the University of Minnesota: