The Corporate and Foundation Relations team at the College of the Environment facilitates organizational partnerships on behalf of the College and all departmental units and programs.

We manage a portfolio of corporations and foundations, fundraise for unit-specific and college-wide priorities, and provide strategy and context for building bridges to private funders.

We work with faculty, PIs, staff, and senior administrators to provide the following services:

Consultation, Strategic Planning and Outreach

  • Provide insights into key corporate and foundation supporters (i.e. past giving to UW, connections at UW, giving priorities)
  • Introduce faculty and PIs to corporate and foundation donors and prospects
  • Help frame funding needs to align with corporate and foundation prospect priorities
  • Prospect research
  • Coaching on how to approach new prospects

Proposal Development, Submission and Award

  • Weekly review and outreach of relevant and upcoming RFPs
  • Review and provide feedback on letters of inquiry, proposals, and budgets
  • Provide technical assistance with applications and awards, including compiling required attachments and approvals
  • Assist with routing proposals through OSP and Gift Services
  • Provide assistance with the UW Gift Assessment requirements and calculations
  • Assist with campus site visits
  • Facilitate required reporting
  • Write stewardship letters and reports

Calendar of Funding Opportunities

Please note: The dates below are approximate. Many of these opportunities are Limited Submission Opportunities (LSO) and there is an internal UW competition to determine which proposal (s) will go forward. Please coordinate with Shuyi Chen, Associate Dean for Research ( on the limited submission process.













Other Helpful Links

For more information on working with corporations and foundations, including proposal tips and writing suggestions, please visit the Central UW CFR website.

Corporate and Foundation Relations Team