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Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is part of the Office of Advancement. It maintains and grows Augustana's relationships and success with external corporate, foundation and government funding sources.

CFR researches, prepares, submits and reports on grant proposals in support of institutional priorities set by the president of the college, board of trustees and cabinet.

Director:  Lori Roderick, 309-794-7182
Coordinator: Lisa Stachula, 309-794-7189

What CFR does

• Oversees more than 40 requests a year to local, regional, and national sources. The requests vary in scope and award amount ($500 - $1,000,000) and in purpose (capital projects, programming, annual student scholarships, etc.)

• Researches, build relationships and submits applications to organizations with philanthropic priorities that match Augustana's mission and meet its current needs.

• Makes yearly grant submissions to Quad Cities foundations and corporations, in part, to help relay the value Augustana adds to the community.  

Services for faculty and administrators

• Research for potential external funding sources for a project, program or piece of equipment. CFR uses online databases, grant announcements and local foundation directories to research potential funders for specific requests. Faculty and staff may contact CFR if a chair, dean or department head has approved the pursuit of external funding for a project or equipment request.

• Notification of grant funding opportunities. CFR forwards grant announcements of interest to the college to the appropriate people.

• Provision of institutional information and documents (update annually in October). These include mission, history, background, significant highlights, budget, financial reports, annual report (e.g., President's report), board of trustees, strategic plan, organizational goals, Five Faith Commitments; federal tax exemption certification (non-profit IRS 501c3), Certificate of Existence (Iowa)/Good Standing (Illinois).

• Proof-reading or editing and peer review of proposals to make sure all requested information is provided and assure clarity for a non-expert audience. Advance notice is required.

• Submittal. CFR will copy and assemble/mail proposals, or submit online as appropriate (primarily local/regional)

• Reporting. CFR will compile, edit, or submit reports as appropriate (primarily for local, regional funders)

Additional contacts

Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Associate Dean, 309-794-7282. Dr. Hilton-Morrow is the initial contact for faculty pursuing external funding.

Pareena Lawrence, Academic Dean, 309-794-7312. Dr. Lawrence gives approval for all faculty-led grant submissions.  

Cindy Descamps, Financial Accounting Director in the Business Office, 390-794-7499, for submission of federal grants and grants accounting.