McGinley-Rice Symposium

Foundation Relations

Our team helps Duquesne University professors and researchers turn great ideas into fundable projects, partner with foundations whose interests match the University's, and submit grant proposals for research and programming initiatives across campus and in the community.

Our mission is to facilitate engagement -- from setting up a meeting between a faculty member and a foundation representative; to identifying funding opportunities and pushing those calls out to researchers; to coordinating every aspect of proposal writing, editing, and submission. We do it all. We also help after funding is received -- we manage all report deadlines and stewardship opportunities and liaise with community and foundation stakeholders.

University Advancement solicits, processes, and stewards philanthropic gifts and grants, and the Office of Research coordinates sponsored research and government-funded projects. Learn more about these types of funding.

For Faculty

Do you need help finding potential funding for your project or research? Do you have a question about foundation grants? Do you need assistance in actually writing that proposal? We can help! Why work with us?

  • Writing for a foundation is different than writing for an academic journal or conference. Many foundations consist of lay people, not experts, and if they can't understand your project, they are much less likely to fund it!
  • We can help you determine if your project is best suited for a foundation grant, a corporate engagement opportunity, or a government-funded or sponsored research project.
  • We will gather necessary signatures, provide required tax documentation, and answer budget questions.
  • Duquesne University is a big place, and we centrally manage all requests to foundations so that every proposal from the University is coordinated, strategic, and working to achieve our common goals!
For Foundations

Why partner with Duquesne? The University is unique in its approach to excellence in teaching, learning and research. Driven by the founding mission to serve God by serving students and to walk with those on the margins, every project, program and initiative on campus is undertaken with a holistic and long-term approach.

The University encourages and facilitates collaborations—among faculty, with students, and in partnership with funders and the community. This commitment to strong, mutually-beneficial partnerships is why many foundations choose to work with Duquesne, whether through investing in exciting new pilot programs that spur change, supporting top-notch faculty whose work influences thousands, or initiating strategic long-term alliances to achieve mutual goals.