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Schwartz Foundation's Philanthropic Priority
Reading Is a Gift

Corporate & Foundation Relations

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s partnerships with corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations are essential to the University's mission. Private funds and in-kind donations support scholarships, capacity-building programs, faculty projects and research, facilities, events, and other initiatives that enrich the University.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is an internal resource for faculty and staff who want to engage with corporations and foundations in order to seek support for programs or projects. Our office connects researchers with funders, assists in the creation of proposals and budgets, and provides reporting and stewardship services.

For corporation and foundations, our office provides a gateway to the University community. For more information please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Fairleigh Dickinson University looks forward to working with your organization to accomplish common goals.

Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations
1000 River Road, H-DH3-13
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Christopher Groff, Associate Vice President and Major Gifts
[email protected]

Jillian Sandoval, Director
[email protected]


Philanthropic Partnership Opportunities


Foundation and corporate scholarship donors assist students in realizing their dreams and reaching their fullest potential, and they empower the University to recruit the best and brightest students. Scholarships support a variety of needs and interests including:

  • Equalizing and expanding access to STEM
  • Training the future healthcare workforce who culturally represent the communities they serve
  • Increasing college access for students demonstrating financial need and those with high academic performance
  • Advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education by supporting historically underrepresented population groups

An annual scholarship is named and valued by, as well as renewed for as long as desired, by the donor corporation or foundation. An endowed scholarship is named by the donor corporation or foundation and lasts in perpetuity.


STEM Initiatives

  • The Undergraduate Research Program provides meaningful mentored research opportunities to undergraduate students who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics. The program incorporates methods that enhance student participation, including faculty mentorship and required student research presentations at regional and national conferences.
  • One of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s strategic goals is to increase and diversify the pipeline of talented graduates in STEM. The Pre-Collegiate STEM Discovery program enrolls northern New Jersey middle and high school students from underserved districts in college-level science and math programs on the University’s Metropolitan campus throughout the academic year. Students enhance their STEM literacy through project-based learning and gain college-readiness skills. The program is provided at no cost to participants.
  • The University’s Gildart Haase School of Computer Science and Engineering is implementing strategies to recruit and to sustain underrepresented students in STEM. A new program will empower 30, high-achieving and underrepresented students in area public high schools by offering them a free, 3-credit, online college course in Python, one of the most high-demand and versatile computer languages.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations team can help your organization navigate the University, tap into faculty expertise and engage with the student community.