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Foundation Relations

MSU University Advancement’s 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 seeking funding opportunities.
  • Matches MSU needs with foundation and other philanthropic interests and makes connections for MSU faculty with appropriate funders.

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.