University Corporate and Foundation Relations

For Faculty and Staff

Corporate and Foundation Partnerships


About Us

Anchored in the central Office of Alumni and Development, University Corporate & Foundation Relations partners with Columbia University faculty and administrators to develop and deepen collaborations with foundations and corporations in support of Columbia’s research, scholarship and strategic initiatives.

Leveraging our:

  • In-depth knowledge of the philanthropy landscape and the evolving funding priorities of corporate and foundation funders
  • Thorough understanding of how Foundations operate and their grantmaking policies and procedures
  • Existing relationships with corporations and foundations and bird’s eye view of their funding history at Columbia
  • Expertise in fundraising strategy and proposal development 
  • Comprehensive institutional knowledge of Columbia’s policies and processes

We work with you to:

  • Advise you on the best strategies for finding support for your work
  • Research corporations and foundations whose interests align with your research/program/center/Institute
  • Keep you informed when private funding opportunities arise in your field
  • Provide background information on corporations and foundations’ giving history to Columbia
  • Leverage alumni in Board/ leadership/staff positions in foundations and corporations
  • Connect you with corporate and foundation representatives and help you cultivate relationships that may lead to funding
  • Provide briefings for meetings with corporate and foundation representatives
  • Provide strategic advice with development of letters of inquiry and proposals
  • Help you center your proposals in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Provide supporting documents, budget development assistance, and other requirements for proposal submission
  • Help you navigate university and funder policies and procedures
  • Liaise with sponsors and manage relationships
  • Support with annual reporting and stewardship


Contact Us: 

Dimitra Koutsantoni, PhD
Senior Director of University Corporate & Foundation Relations

Funding Opportunities

Find funding for your research or program

Guidelines and Resources

Explore guidelines and resources to support you with all stages of corporate and foundation fundraising

University Partners

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