Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations is dedicated to providing campus-wide leadership for faculty seeking support from private foundations and non-government funders for institutional programs and faculty research. Our mission is to develop and maintain long-term relationships with these entities to foster engagement that helps funders and faculty achieve mutually beneficial objectives. Our office complements the work of the Office of Corporate Giving, which focuses on relationships with business and industry and the Office of Sponsored Program Administration, which manages federal grants and grant compliance.

So that we may better serve you and MU, please contact us when applying to a private foundation or other non-government funders. We can provide you with a history of the funder's relationship with MU, facilitate contact with that funder, and possibly connect you with other MU investigators already working with that foundation.

We help faculty and administrators:

  • Build on existing funding relationships
  • Find appropriate funding opportunities for specific projects
  • Assess the likelihood of funder support
  • Develop cultivation or campus visit plans, as appropriate
  • Write compelling narratives
  • Draft or review letters of inquiry
  • Gather required support materials
  • Help route proposal materials through the MU compliance system
  • Produce post award compliance reports and other requirements

The process of securing grant funding from foundations may take 3-12 months.

Contact Us:

Christine Montgomery Christine Montgomery
Senior Director for Foundation Relations

Recent Foundation Awards

Foundation funders to MU include:

  • Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
  • Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • John Templeton Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • and many more