Corporate & Foundation Relations

Auburn’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team is your strategic partner in creating and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with a top-50 public university. A philanthropic partnership with Auburn fosters for corporations and foundations positive business, academic, and community relationships, as well as increased visibility through a number of ways.

WIN WITH TALENT

Acquiring talented employees is a necessity for any successful business. Through your giving to Auburn, you can build relationships between your business and our students — who are your future employees — now and into the future.

Learn more about Auburn’s career resources

LINK WITH BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS

Auburn has many faculty members who are authorities in their field. Philanthropic partnerships with our colleges and schools give your business or foundation opportunities to interact with our faculty and benefit from that knowledge base.

Learn more about Auburn Research

RECEIVE EXECUTIVE AND ADVANCED EDUCATION

Our team can help build advanced degrees or continuing education programs tailored to your specialized field. Current examples include nationally and internationally recognized business programs, such as the Executive MBA program or a custom-designed MBA programs for individual companies, as well as programs in wireless engineering, the only degree program of its kind in the U.S., and software engineering.

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REACH THE COMMUNITY

Outreach is a vital element of Auburn’s land-grant mission. Because of this commitment to providing resources to our communities, outreach programs at the university level, as well as each college and school, benefit from and offer partnership opportunities through corporate and foundation support. These allow Auburn students to learn about volunteerism and service, not to mention offer corporations and foundations a way to extend their own civic reach.

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BUILD A PRESENCE IN THE RESEARCH PARK

For these reasons, and many other benefits available through these types of philanthropic partnership, many businesses, corporations, and foundations find it advantageous to establish a campus presence. Our team can assist you in exploring options and developing a long-term, beneficial presence in our Research Park.

Learn more about the Auburn Research Park

Your Corporation or Foundation can support higher education through the following opportunities with Auburn University:

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS

An annual scholarship is named and valued by, as well as renewed for as long as desired, by the donor corporation or foundation. Typical annual scholarship gifts range from $1,000 to $5,000 each year. Donors may also choose to make scholarships broadly available at the university level, or support a particular college or school, as well as a degree program that aligns with their particular business focus. An example of this might be an insurance company providing $10,000 each year for annual scholarships awarded to students in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business’ Risk Management and Insurance program.

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

An endowed scholarship is named by the donor corporation or foundation and lasts in perpetuity, since only the earnings are spent. This provides long-term stability and continuing visibility. The minimum endowment is $25,000, which provides approximately $1,000 in spendable funds annually. This will provide partial tuition or books and supplies. A $50,000 gift will produce approximately a half-tuition scholarship, and a $120,000 endowment will generate full tuition and fees for one year. The endowment can be paid over a period of up to five years.

ENDOWED FUNDS FOR EXCELLENCE

A Fund for Excellence is named by the donor corporation/foundation and may be endowed at a minimum level of $25,000. These earnings are usually designated for a department’s greatest need. That need could be a scholarship, graduate assistance, travel assistance for students or faculty, faculty publishing costs and other program enhancement costs. Endowments can be paid over a period of up to five years.

PROGRAM ENDOWMENT

Specific programs-such as research efforts, centers or outreach initiatives-within a college may also be endowed to ensure continuing financial support. These endowments are similar to funds for excellence, except they are dedicated to a designated program and the donor corporation/foundation may be recognized through the naming of the program endowment. An example is the Minority Engineering Program endowed by a major telephone corporation for $1,000,000. The minimum endowment is $25,000 and can be increased to any amount.

MATCHING GIFTS PROGRAMS

Matching gift programs are an excellent source of corporate support for Auburn. As an employee benefit, companies can increase the impact of their employees’ gifts to Auburn by matching employees’ contributions. Most corporations provide a 1:1 match; while some elect to provide a greater matching amount to further encourage and leverage their employees’ philanthropy.

Karen McCauley Karen McCauley '00, CFRE
Associate Vice President for Operations
334.844.3593
mccaukn@auburn.edu
Jessica Crutchfield Jessica Crutchfield '00
Development Officer, Foundation Relations
334.844.1298
jessica@auburn.edu
Angela Wimmer Angela Wimmer '00
Development Officer, Corporate Relations
334.844.8708
amw0040@auburn.edu
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