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Building mutually beneficial partnerships, inside and outside of Drexel University

Foundation and Corporate Relations (FCR) builds strong partnerships that grow Drexel's teaching, research, and civic engagement initiatives. Through collaborations internally with colleagues and externally with foundations and corporations they are able to expand the breadth and reach of Drexel’s potential as a modern urban research university.

Working within the Office of Institutional Advancement, FCR obtains necessary university approvals before proposals are submitted to ensure a mutually beneficial plan has been reached before contacting the proposed prospect. Our staff provides expertise, services, and tools to successfully connect the University with foundations, businesses, and industry. 

Prior to approaching any foundation, all faculty and staff must notify FCR to be sure there is no conflict with university approaches. All LOIs and proposals submitted to foundations must be on file in the FCR Office.


FCR develops links between Drexel University and foundations based on mutual interests. Foundation support has been a vital component to Drexel’s success as a nationally-ranked research university.  Key opportunities for foundations at Drexel include:

  • Academic program growth and development
  • Faculty-student community involvement
  • Research in foundation areas of interest
  • Renewal, renovation and capital investment in laboratories, classrooms & facilities
  • Scholarship and fellowship support

FCR staff members work with foundation representatives and university administration and faculty to develop ideas and projects to produce maximum benefit to all.

Corporate Relations

Corporate relations at our FCR office interfaces with corporations for philanthropic giving and sponsorship support. FCR can facilitate:

  • Visibility on campus, in the region, nationally and internationally
  • Engagement with student groups
  • Involvement in community programming
  • Scholarship support
  • Sponsorships

For additional information, please contact Elsa AponteDepartment Administrator, Foundation and Corporate Relations, by phone at 215.895.6652 or email