Foundations FAQ

Foundations

1. What is the role of Foundation Relations?
2. What types of funders does Foundation Relations work with?
3. When should I contact the Office of Foundation Relations?
4. Can I connect directly with faculty members?
5. My foundation can only donate to an organization with 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. Does Baylor University qualify?
6. What Research Centers and Institutes are at Baylor?




Foundations

1. What is the role of Foundation Relations?

Our office facilitates relationships between private foundations and University administrators and faculty.  

  • Serves as a liaison and primary touch-point for foundations with philanthropic interests that span the University that wish to have a single institutional contact
  • Assists in thinking through project concepts to maximize impact, in developing proposals, and in resolving procedural and policy questions between foundations and Baylor University
  • Arranges Baylor University administrator and faculty meetings with foundation representatives during campus or site visits
  • Strengthens relationships with foundations through ongoing stewardship and recognition activities

2. What types of funders does Foundation Relations work with?
Foundation Relations staff work with professional foundations, community foundations and family foundations alike. The Foundation Relations staff also works closely with Corporate Relations staff to meet the needs of corporate foundations.

3. When should I contact the Office of Foundation Relations?
We welcome the opportunity to explore how your priorities fit with University initiatives and discuss the potential for mutually beneficial collaborations. Contact our office if you would like to connect with specific Baylor University expertise or explore partnering opportunities across the University. Please include a description of the type of work that your foundation typically supports as well as any potential faculty members that you have already identified.

4. Can I connect directly with faculty members?
If you already know which faculty members are doing work that aligns with your interests, you are more than welcome to contact them directly. If you do not know who to contact, a member of the Foundation Relations team will be happy to work with you to identify and connect you with the appropriate experts at the University.

5. My foundation can only donate to an organization with 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. Does Baylor University qualify?
Yes. Baylor University is exempt from federal income tax under Section 115 of the Internal Revenue Code and with this status is precluded from obtaining additional specific exception under Code section 501(c)(3) for charitable contributions.

6. What Research Centers and Institutes are at Baylor?

A list of the Centers and Institutes can be found HERE.

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