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University Development Office

Frequently Asked Questions

For Corporations and Foundations

  1. Who can I contact to help coordinate a visit to Purdue’s campus?
  2. Who can I contact about research collaborations?
  3. Who can I contact to interview Purdue students?
  4. Who can I contact to donate products or equipment?
  5. Do I start first at the college or university level to work with Purdue?
  6. When I come to West Lafayette, where is the best place to stay?
  7. What is the best route to the West Lafayette campus?

Answers

1. Who can I contact to help coordinate a visit to Purdue’s campus?

Please contact us at (765) 494-0635.

2. Who can I contact about research collaborations?

Please contact one of the following offices:

  • Corporate and Foundation Relations (765) 494-0635
  • Industry Research (765) 494-0743

3. Who can I contact to interview Purdue students?

Please contact the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities at (765) 494-3981 or e-mail them.

4. Who can I contact to donate products or equipment?

Please contact us at (765) 494-8654.

5. Do I start first at the college or university level to work with Purdue?

Our office can arrange campus visits; recruitment contacts; meetings with faculty, staff, or students; or contacts for research collaborations. You may call us at (765) 494-0635 or visit the links on the right side of this page to find the right contact at any level.

6. When I come to West Lafayette, where is the best place to stay?

The Union Club Hotel is a full-service hotel located on campus in the Purdue Memorial Union.

A number of other off-campus accommodations are available. Visit the Greater Lafayette–West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site for more information.

7. What is the best route to the West Lafayette campus?

Use the following links to find directions, information on parking, and road closures:

For Faculty and Staff

  1. What is Corporate and Foundation Relations?
  2. What kind of entities does the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations work with?
  3. What is a director of development (DOD) and how can a DOD help with funding needs?
  4. What is an RFP?
  5. What is stewardship and why is it important in the funding process?
  6. What criteria do private foundations use when making funding decisions?
  7. What considerations should I make when writing a proposal to a private foundation?
  8. How long do foundations take to make funding decisions?
  9. I'm interested in submitting a proposal to a foundation. Who should I contact first?
  10. Are there foundations I should not approach without Foundation Relations’ help?
  11. Where can I get documents for foundation proposals such as Purdue's IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) letter, audited financial statements, tax returns, etc.?
  12. How can I find out about foundation RFPs (Requests for Proposals) and internal competitions for foundation grants?
  13. How can I determine whether someone else at Purdue is approaching the foundation I hope to pursue for funding?

Answers

1. What is Corporate and Foundation Relations?

2. What kind of entities does the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations work with?

3. What is a director of development (DOD) and how can a DOD help with funding needs?

DODs devise strategies for addressing the funding priorities of schools and individual departments. Their main responsibilities are to:

  • Assist the deans of Purdue’s colleges with resource development activities
  • Manage relationships with and cultivate gifts from major donors interested in supporting specific college/school-based initiatives
  • Serve as liaisons from each of the colleges/schools to all units of the University Development Office, including Planned Giving and Corporate and Foundation Relations

4. What is an RFP?

A Request For Proposal (RFP) is a written solicitation/announcement distributed by grantmakers that alerts grant seekers to the funding requirements (including deadlines) of specific projects, calls for entries, programs, etc. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation refers to these as Calls for Proposals.

5. What is stewardship and why is it important in the funding process?

Relationships between Purdue and grantmakers are critical to the success of present and future giving opportunities. Our office, as well as your unit’s director(s) of development, can assist in:

  • Acknowledgment and thank you letters
  • Preparation and distribution of progress reports
  • Special events
  • On- and off-campus meetings

6. What criteria do private foundations use when making funding decisions?

Grantmakers want their donations to make a significant impact — changing the world in some way. Bill and Melinda Gates did not give away most of their fortune to fund studies into vaccine development. They wanted to change the world by solving the crises caused specifically by AIDS, malaria, TB, and other diseases in the developing world.

Foundations may have no published guidelines; others may provide information mirroring a National Science Foundation or National Institutes of Health application.

7. What considerations should I make when writing a proposal to a private foundation?

  • What is the issue to be addressed?
  • Will the project put in a larger context (global, regional, national, environmental, etc.) or move the field forward?
  • Will the project address a particular problem?
  • Is the timing of the project propitious?
  • Why is Purdue the ideal place to address this issue/project?
  • What will be accomplished by the end of the project?
  • What specific resources are needed for this project (time, money, facilities, people, etc.)?
  • How will success be measured?
  • Why is the timing of the proposal important and why is it important to this particular foundation?

8. How long do foundations take to make funding decisions?

Although the process varies, it is usually 6-18 months from the point of first contact. Decisions are often made by a board of directors that meets infrequently. Therefore, be sure to contact us, your dean, department chair, and/or director of development well in advance of your funding timetable.

9. I'm interested in submitting a proposal to a foundation. Who should I contact first?

Please contact us or your department/college development office first. We are designated by Purdue University policy as the entity that coordinates foundation contacts.

10. Are there foundations I should not approach without Foundation Relations’ help?

Purdue centrally manages some foundations with which it has a longstanding relationship or those who may serve multiple colleges and units. Please contact us if you are considering pursuing the following foundations:

  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Carnegie
  • Fairbanks
  • Ford
  • Gates (president signature required)
  • Google
  • Hewlett
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Kavli
  • Keck (president signature required)
  • Kellogg
  • Kresge (president signature required)
  • Lilly Endowment
  • Lumina
  • MacArthur
  • Mellon
  • Moore
  • Mott (president signature required)
  • Nina Mason Pulliam
  • Omidyar
  • Open Society/ Soros Foundations
  • Osher
  • Pew
  • Packard
  • Pulliam
  • Robert Wood Johnson
  • Rockefeller
  • Sloan
  • Spencer
  • Starr
  • Templeton

11. Where can I get documents for foundation proposals such as Purdue's IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) letter, audited financial statements, tax returns, etc.?

Please contact us for these documents.

12. How can I find out about foundation RFPs (Requests for Proposals) and internal competitions for foundation grants?

We distribute RFPs to those faculty and colleges that we are aware may be interested in a proposal. In addition, you may choose to:

  • Subscribe to the Foundation Center's weekly RFP bulletin
  • Subscribe to the e-news of a foundation in which you are interested
  • Set up a RefAware alert through the Community of Science
  • View the limited submissions for internal competitions managed by the Office of the Vice President for Research

13. How can I determine whether someone else at Purdue is approaching the foundation I hope to pursue for funding?

We maintain a list of foundations that Purdue staff are considering approaching or have recently contacted. So please contact us before you approach a specific foundation.

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