Seeking Foundation Support

We offer a one-hour presentation through the Center for Professional Development (CPD) that includes an overview of our services and an introduction to the Foundation Directory Online. You may also schedule a special session for your college or department by contacting Nancy Bears.

What exactly is a private foundation?
Private foundations are non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations which provide financial support to other entities that further the foundation's specified mission. They are established by individuals, families, or other groups of individuals.

Other types of foundations include corporate foundations (established and managed by corporations) and government foundations (established and managed by government agencies). If you are seeking support from either of those, please contact our partners in Corporate Relations or Sponsored Research, respectively.

The opportunity for you…and for the foundation
Private foundations are required by law to distribute at least 5% of their assets every year. Foundations MUST give money away! If your work aligns closely with the mission of a foundation, you actually will be helping them to do their work by making a grant request.

Relationship, Relationship, Relationship
Equally important to matching the foundation's mission is developing a strong relationship with the foundation. This is where Foundation Relations is your greatest ally. Over many years, we have developed such relationships with foundation presidents, board members, and program directors. We are ready to leverage these on your behalf.

The First Step
If you plan to seek private foundation support, it is important that you first meet with a Foundation Relations officer. Our experience, relationships with key contacts, and knowledge of RIT's history with the foundation will work to your advantage. Please call Nancy Bears at 5-7769 to make an appointment.

There are a number of private foundations that are important to the university as a whole and thus reserved for RIT's highest priorities. Those include: