Foundation Relations

Boston University Foundation Relations builds sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the charitable organizations that share our research, teaching, and social service missions. Our services are provided by BU’s central administration and there is never any cost to faculty for our services. We pursue this goal through three, related strategies:

Faculty Assistance

We promote faculty grant-seeking from foundations and other private charitable organizations by assisting individual BU faculty members with prospect identification and proposal development and submission.

This aspect of our work involves close cooperation with Sponsored Programs for the promotion of funding opportunities, the submission of correctly budgeted and fully authorized grant proposals, and the administration and stewardship of awarded funds.

Coordination and Stewardship

We manage institution-wide relationships with Boston University’s largest organizational donors and other key foundation partners.


We help the president, provost, and deans of Boston University’s 16 schools and colleges identify and build relationships with private foundations in support of priority programs and projects.