Foundation relations
The University of Minnesota Foundation is the designated organization to centrally manage the relationships between the University and philanthropic foundations

The Foundation Relations staff helps foundations navigate the University, find faculty and programs of interest, and arrange for campus meetings, tours, and convenings. The team matches University strengths and priorities with private funders’ interests in the areas of research, academic programs, and outreach projects. 

The Foundation Relations office also serves as a system-wide resource to assist faculty, grant administrators, and development staff in finding, submitting, and reporting on charitable grant funding.

The team has helped many private and family foundations support outstanding students and faculty, address grand challenges, and find innovative solutions by leveraging the University of Minnesota’s breadth and depth of expertise. 

If you are a foundation representative and would like more information about matching your priorities and interests with opportunities and resources at the University, please call the Foundation Relations team at 800-775-2187 or email umfcfr@umn.edu

Align

  • Align shared funding priorities
  • Consult and strategically match private funding
  • Identify unique strengths and areas of excellence and pursue transformative opportunities to help funders achieve their funding visions

Support

  • Facilitate development of programs and projects
  • Support high-potential proposals
  • Identify key collaborators and coordinate strategy for proposals
  • Support proposal development and management
  • Steward donor relationships

Collaborate

  • Facilitate meetings and on-campus visits between foundation and personnel
  • Assemble campus conversations around themes of interest and connect faculty
  • Convene interdisciplinary partners across the U of M
  • Access top thought leaders
  • Organize University support and leadership
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Align

  • Align shared funding priorities
  • Consult and strategically match private funding
  • Identify unique strengths and areas of excellence and pursue transformative opportunities to help funders achieve their funding visions

Support

  • Facilitate development of programs and projects
  • Support high-potential proposals
  • Identify key collaborators and coordinate strategy for proposals
  • Support proposal development and management
  • Steward donor relationships

Collaborate

  • Facilitate meetings and on-campus visits between foundation and personnel
  • Assemble campus conversations around themes of interest and connect faculty
  • Convene interdisciplinary partners across the U of M
  • Access top thought leaders
  • Organize University support and leadership

For faculty and staff

If you are a U of M faculty or staff member looking for help working with private foundations or submitting a proposal using University of Minnesota Foundation financial documentsor if you have questions pertaining to a potential submission and charitable grant administrationplease email a copy of the proposal and your questions to charitablegrant@umn.edu.

If you need help with gift or grant determination, please email your question with any documentation to classification@umn.edu.

We collaborate with:

Office for Public Engagement

Office of the Vice President for Research