The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations enlists support for academic
programs, faculty, and students. We invite the business community, in
particular, to be partners in our success and that of their future employees and
customers. Over two-thirds of our 33,000-plus alumni live and work in the
Worcester area, and the University employs more than 500 area residents.
To help them learn about us and our students, we encourage area business leaders
to get involved in our academic, cultural, and social activities. In addition,
many of them serve as volunteers or members of departmental advisory boards or
We also develop proposals to area corporations, local, and national foundations,
and government funders to support the University’s programs and mission.
Corporate grants, matching gifts, and in-kind contributions fund student
scholarships, faculty development, athletic teams, lecture series, cultural
events, academic awards, and more.
Area corporations have provided vital support for such projects as our Upward
Bound program for minority high-school students, the Latino Education Institute,
our Students in Free Enterprise Club, and more. Over the years, local and
national foundations have also been very generous. For instance, the George F.
and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation supported the Latino Education Institute and the
renovaton of our theater; the George I. Alden Trust helped finance our Center
for Teaching and Learning and renovation of our library; and the Francis
A. & Jacquelyn H. Harrington Foundation funded library purchases.
Please contact Thomas McNamara, vice president of Institutional Advancement, at