Corporate & Foundation Relations


Central CFR is committed to fostering communication, coordination and collaboration among UW colleagues working in corporate and foundation relations. We hold monthly roundtables to share and discuss timely topics, including best practices, trends and challenges, with the goal of increasing the University’s ability to build engagement and partnership with corporations, foundations and other organizations. All UW employees interested in corporate and foundation relations are welcome to attend. Email Carolyn Smith,, to get on the roundtable distribution list.


Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Hot topics in corporate and foundation relations (tentative)

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Onboarding faculty (tentative)

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Strategies (tentative)

Recordings (UW-only)

More to come this Fall.

Past topics

  • Annual trends and benchmarking of institutional CFR support
  • Central strategic organizations
  • CFR Equity Taskforce
  • CoMotion and UW Innovation with Vice Provost for Innovation and CoMotion Director Francois Baneyx
  • Conference takeaways and best practices from NACRO, CASE CFR, UIDP, Minnowbrook and AFP
  • Corporate in kind giving
  • GIM 34 updates and new tools for gift vs. sponsored program determination
  • Gift acceptance policy for CFR
  • Growing corporate engagement with advisory boards
  • Intricate relationships
  • Limited Submission Opportunities (LSO) Program
  • Matched funding for foundation awards
  • Mellon Foundation, Microsoft and the Norcliffe Foundation
  • Milestones in a company
  • Partnering with faculty
  • Pipeline development
  • Population Health Initiative
  • Research tools with Prospect Research
  • Sponsorship
  • State of the research with Vice Provost for Research Mary Lidstrom
  • Stewardship for corporations and foundations
  • Trends in corporate and foundation giving