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Corporate and Foundation Support

Ohio University's office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is committed to advancing the university's mission to become the nation's best transformative learning community.  Representing priorities across campus, the CFR office exists to develop and bridge partnerships with corporations, foundations, and industry.

For Corporations

Ohio University seeks opportunities to work with corporate partners
that are interested in making philanthropic investments to advance
the goals and missions of both organizations. Partnering with Ohio University offers access to its Centers of Excellence gateways that include world renowned research and excellence in scholarship and teaching.  This site is a starting point for corporate and foundation representatives.  The CFR staff can connect you with many assets at Ohio University.

For Foundations

Ohio University seeks opportunities to work with national, regional and family foundations that are interested in making philanthropic investments toward shared goals. By supporting Ohio University, you help us to excel in a multitude of scholarly fields including nine undergraduate colleges, a graduate college, and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our commitment to the investment from foundations has helped Ohio University be recognized for Centers of Excellence that are gateways to world renowned research and excellence in scholarship and teaching.

For more information, contact:

JR Blackburn
Assistant Vice President for Development & Associate Campaign Manager
McGuffey Hall 210
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740.597.1698
F: 740.593.0217
blackbuj@ohio.edu

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