Corporate & Foundation Engagement
Coordinating Financial Relationships and Strategy
Corporations and foundations are important partners in supporting UNCG’s ability to meet its teaching, research, and service mission. Though we partner in a variety of ways, financial partnerships call for keen attention to detail. When these organizations choose to financially support our activities, they are making an investment in us. As in any investment situation, corporations and foundations have specific goals in mind and expectations related to accountability. They want to work with organizations that they trust to be good stewards of their resources, productive partners, and considerate colleagues.
The primary responsibility for coordinating and facilitating proposed and existing relationships with corporations and foundations rests with the Office of Research and Engagement. ORE tracks the portfolio of proposed and active initiatives that involve corporate and foundation funding, typically serves as the single point of contact for organizations that request one, and routinely interacts with corporate and foundation representatives to stay abreast of their interests. ORE works closely with the Office of Advancement and with major gift officers to coordinate common interests and relationships across campus.
For more information on engagement, Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Terri Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.256.0232.
When there is interest in approaching an organization on the Limited Submissions List and there are multiple individuals who would like to approach that organization, or when any given request is of significant size and scope, additional input may be needed to determine the best course of action. In these situations, the Strategic Initiatives Council will review funding requests in the context of university strategic priorities and other existing activities with the funder. This group will assess the following:
- Does the proposed initiative clearly align with the vision and mission for the University?
- Does the proposed initiative and funding plan complement or compete with other ongoing or proposed University projects? If it involves the community, with other initiatives in the area?
- Does the proposed initiative directly support the academic core of the University?
- Is the proposed initiative well thought out, with clearly delineated goals and metrics for determining success and a comprehensive and reasonable budget?
- Will potential funders expect for elements of the project to be sustained past the initial funding period? If so, is there a sustainability plan in place?
- What is the best plan for approaching the organization? Who should be involved in initial and ongoing conversations?
Organizations on the Limited Submissions List include:
- Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation
- Bank of America
- Barnes and Noble
- BB&T Charitable Foundation
- Bryan Foundation
- Cemala Foundation
- Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
- Cone Health Foundation
- Duke Energy
- Duke Energy Foundation
- Honda Jet
- Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust
- Kotis Properties
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Lincoln Financial Foundation
- NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
- Phillips Foundation
- Phillips Management Group
- Quaintance Weaver Hotels and Restaurants
- Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation
- VF Corporation
- Volvo Financial Services
- Volvo Trucks
- WalMart Foundation
- Weaver Foundation
- Wells Fargo Corporation
- Wells Fargo Foundation
- Z Smith Reynolds Foundation