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.


Get in Touch with Us

For general inquiries, please email the Foundation Relations team at or call 814-863-4308.

For specific inquiries, please meet our team to learn who can best support your work.

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.

Our Services

We connect private foundations with faculty by:

The Foundation Relations Team

Sophie Penney

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

Ronda Williams, Development Coordinator

Stephanie Staniar, Administrative Support