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 1, 2022, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Topic: Population Health Initiative

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Topic: TBD

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Topic: TBD

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Topic: TBD

Join us for the CFR Essentials Series in May

Recordings (UW-only)

Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Stewardship

Monday, November 8, 2021, FY21 trends and benchmarking of institutional CFR support

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
  • Growing corporate engagement with advisory boards
  • Limited Submission Opportunities (LSO) Program
  • Matched funding for foundation awards
  • Partnering with faculty
  • Pipeline development
  • 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