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Office of Research

Creation of Development Position to Support Fundraising Efforts

The Office of Research (OR) is responsible for several selected research centers reporting directly to it, such as Friday Harbor Labs, as well as its own programmatic activities including support of major center initiatives and economic development initiatives. These research-oriented activities provide fertile ground for private and foundation fundraising. Unfortunately, there has been no mechanism available for us to pursue these funding opportunities. To remedy this situation, the Office of Research will be utilizing its UIF2 award to assist us in hiring a half-time development officer. We envision that the person who occupies the development position will be responsible for the overall development effort including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects. This will entail developing and implementing a solicitation strategy for identified prospects and building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with potential private and foundation donors. This individual will be working closely and collaboratively with the administrators and directors of the various OR units and will be involved in planning and executing major fundraising projects/events. Our goal for this position would be to bring in $150,00-$250,000 a year, although during the initial year, this may be more difficult to achieve. The funds received may be utilized in a variety of beneficial ways including but not limited to: student support (stipends and fellowships) and post docs; support staff; equipment; facilities (for the Technology Enterprise Institute); visiting professorships; outreach and implementation of future Advanced Technology Initiatives. We are excited about the opportunity to tap into the rapidly growing philanthropic capacity of individuals, corporations, and foundations since they will be key elements in our continuing thrust to become a true leader in both education and research.

Contact: Alvin Kwiram
Vice Provost for Research
Allocation: $28,815
Date Funded: December 1999