Cumberland University



The office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for engaging with and developing partnerships with corporations and foundations that will result in long-lasting relationships and help increase revenue for the University. 

Our purpose is to work with faculty and staff to identify opportunities for funding, develop strong cases for support, and prepare winning proposals.  The CFR office serves as the main source of proposal development and submission to all corporations and foundations. 

All funding projects must be communicated to our CFR office to ensure accuracy and consistency across campus.  Funding requests should not be sent to corporations or foundations without contacting the CFR office first. 


Develop your case for support.  Fill out the “Project Request” form provided on the web site.  Your project/program funding idea must be reviewed by your department/school dean or supervisor before you submit to the CFR office.   Once we receive your request we will contact you within one week to schedule a time to discuss your project.

Research Prospects.  The CFR office will work with faculty and staff to identify and develop a list of potential prospects that align your project with the corporation or foundation current giving interests and funding priorities.

Cultivation.  In some cases, we will need to build a relationship with corporations or foundations before we solicit funding.  The CFR office will work with faculty and staff to make strategic plans to cultivate prospects to develop a partnership or move to request funding. 

Solicitation.  After the prospect has been engaged and a relationship has been established, we must determine that our project/program is in line with the interest and priorities of the prospect.  The solicitation process for each corporation and foundation are different.  In some cases, the proposal submission cycle may take one month to one year.  The CFR office will make you aware of all proposals due dates and funding cycles. 

All proposals will be submitted through the CFR office to ensure accuracy and consistency across campus.  If a proposal is approved, the CFR office will assist with the routing of funds to the appropriate account for projects/programs. 

Stewardship.  Stewardship with corporations and foundations all vary.  Some require site visits during and / or after the proposal process.  Reporting on the outcome of a proposal / grant is required and the CFR office will make faculty and staff aware of and assist in making sure all due date and reporting requirements are met in a timely matter.  All reports must be submitted to the CFR office for review prior to submission.


The CFR office will assist with federal and state grants.  We are an authorized user and central office for submitting grants through which serves numerous agencies such as NEH, HRSA, to name a few)  and will be the clearinghouse for those grants.  


Please check the CFR web site monthly for updated funding opportunities.


Cheryl Bockstruck

Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations