Corporate and Foundation Relations

MSU University Advancement’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team facilitates and strengthens relationships between MSU, business and industry and private philanthropic organizations. These relationships are crucial to the advancement and support of MSU’s mission of teaching, research and outreach.

The MSU team:

  • Provides a central point of faculty and staff contact for corporations.
  • Directs inquiries from business and industry relating to research collaborations, professional education, internships, student recruitment and other corporate requests.
  • Matches MSU needs with corporate, foundation and other philanthropic interests and makes connections for MSU faculty with appropriate funders.
  • Serves as a central clearing point for philanthropic requests to corporations and foundations.


The Corporate Relations team is a gateway to MSU’s greatest resources—knowledge and people. We partner with the corporate community to structure and promote strong working relationships that advance both the objectives of industry and the mission of the university.

Our team can support your corporation’s campus interests, ranging from funding scholarships to faculty support or naming opportunities. We will make your visits to campus meaningful and work toward meeting corporate objectives through the arrangement of meetings with faculty, administration and staff.


Foundation Relations staff facilitate connections between MSU and private foundations and other philanthropic organizations. This is accomplished through organized campus visits or individual visits with funders to discuss projects of relevance to the funder’s mission. Working with the central administration, colleges and units of MSU, our team matches university strengths and priorities with private funders’ interests in the areas of research, academic programs and outreach projects. We advise faculty, development colleagues and other university grant seekers in identifying foundation funding sources as well as provide assistance in preparing and submitting proposals.