Penn State Foundation Relations
Connecting private foundations with Penn State faculty to advance the University’s research and programmatic strengths and priorities.
About the Foundation Relations Office
Who we are
The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) serves as the central point of contact for foundations and other philanthropic organizations interested in supporting Penn State. Our team of experts is dedicated to establishing new relationships and enhancing existing relationships with various local and national organizations. We strive to make the entire foundation funding process seamless. We are here to
help identify private foundation funding sources, provide assistance through the proposal process, and steward relationships. Contact a member of our team today.
What we Do
We connect private foundations with Penn State faculty. We work to match the interests of foundations with Penn State programs and projects. We work with all University Colleges, Commonwealth Campuses, Institutes, Centers, Faculty, and Research Administrations. On the pre-award side, we work to identify funding opportunities, provide background and context of Penn State’s funding relationship, advise faculty in all phases of proposal and LOI development and connect faculty to program staff. On the post-award side, we help with stewardship and relationship management to ensure a continued thriving partnership between Penn State and the foundation. Browse our list of services to find out how we can help you.
If you work for a private foundation, we can help you get acquainted with Penn State.
Working with the Office of Foundation Relations
The Office of Foundation Relations works with private foundations to develop innovative programs, support faculty research, and advance the University’s mission.
We connect private foundations with faculty by:
- Partnering with faculty and administrators across all of Penn State to develop strategic and compelling foundation proposals.
- Conducting custom prospect research for faculty around discrete, innovative projects.
- Providing a list of current and anticipated foundation funding opportunities.
- Working with faculty to plan foundation visits and advise on communication with foundations.
The Foundation Relations Team
Sophie Penney, Ph.D., Director
Alan Gibson, Assistant Director
Driving Digital Innovation, Energy/Material Sciences, Environment/Sustainability
Adrienne Krasowitz, Assistant Director
Education/Open Doors, Arts and Humanities, Economic Prosperity/Entrepreneurship
Holly Lowe, Assistant Director
Human Health, Education/Open Doors