Foundation & Corporate Giving

What is Foundation & Corporate Giving?

Relationships are at the core of our work. We are connectors, matching private foundations and corporations with the faculty and staff leading vital research that supports the college’s mission.

Further, the Office of Foundation & Corporate Relations works with faculty seeking funding to fine-tune their proposals and draft their applications. By working actively with faculty, we foster fruitful collaboration with foundation and corporate funders.

Denison’s Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations leverages institutional support from the college’s leadership to maximize benefits to Denison and our foundation and corporate partners. Below is an overview of the core services provided by our office.

  • Seek partnerships with foundations and corporations whose missions align with Denison’s.
  • Identify and match the strategic needs of foundations and corporations with Denison’s strengths.
  • Foster common understanding and create real opportunities for shared, positive outcomes.
  • Engage stakeholders to develop shared goals and design projects with mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Build support and consensus within the university.
  • Ensure projects goals are met and reported.
  • Work with faculty to encourage effective communication with outside partners.

Why do foundations and corporations give to Denison?

Denison is leading the way in providing a rigorous liberal arts education that launches students into the world beyond college and prepares students to be the architects of their own lives. With new academic programs like bachelor of arts degrees in Global Commerce and Data Analytics, Denison is driving innovation in higher education to prepare students to succeed in the constantly changing circumstances of the 21st century.

The research being conducted at Denison is driving these innovative approaches and tackling “wicked problems.”

Foundations and corporations give to Denison because they trust Denison’s ability to develop well-rounded, hard-working critical thinkers. Civic and business leaders understand that Denison’s strength benefits their organizations’ strength.

University Mission Statement

Our purpose is to inspire and educate our students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society. Through an emphasis on active learning, we engage students in the liberal arts, which fosters self-determination and demonstrates the transformative power of education. We envision our students’ lives as based upon rational choice, a firm belief in human dignity and compassion unlimited by cultural, racial, sexual, religious, or economic barriers, and directed toward an engagement with the central issues of our time.


About Denison University

Board of Trustees

Fast Facts

Enrollment: 2,300 undergraduates

Year Founded: 1831

Location: Granville, OH

Endowment: $900 million

Admission Rate: 28%

First-Generation College Students: 17%

Domestic Students of Color: 21%

International Students: 16%

Majors & Programs: 56 academic programs and four pre-professional programs

Total Alumni: 37,000

Impact of a Denison Education: 99% of Denison alumni are employed or in graduate school five years after graduating.

Financial Aid: Denison is committed to making a top-tier education affordable by meeting students’ demonstrated financial need. Each year Denison awards nearly $66 million in need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships. Less than half of Denison students incur debt, with a total average amount of about $28,000 over four years, which is less than the national average. Within six months of graduation, 90 percent of our students are employed, in graduate school, or completing post-graduate scholarships or service.

Recent Foundation & Corporate Giving News

science classroomDenison University awarded $400K NSF grant for Scanning Electron Microscope
Denison University announces the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University a $400,000 grant to obtain a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope to deepen student and faculty knowledge — and provide a rare opportunity for undergraduate science research. The sophisticated instrument was installed at Denison in February 2020. Read more…
Shiri Noy, assistant professor of anthropology and sociologyKindness during COVID-19: Science, Religion, and Uncertainty
Shiri Noy, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, recently has been awarded a grant for approximately $12,500 to examine how religious and secular Americans view kindness in the context of COVID-19. Noy’s project is funded by the International Research Network for Science and Belief in Society, based at the University of Birmingham, and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Read more…



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Meg Galipault

Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations