Corporate and Foundation Relations

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The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is the central point of contact for private foundations and corporate partners interested in supporting university programs and research. We maintain and establish strategic relationships with foundations and corporations. Our team identifies opportunities to advance the university's and the organization's missions.

Corporate Relations

Corporate Relations serves to provide a clear focus and ideal customer experience for our corporate partners, based on interest and opportunity, in areas such as:

  • Student Talent
  • Recruitment
  • Corporate Education
  • Strategic Giving

We can assist you in creating a customized philanthropic program that aligns directly with your business objectives and boosts your company’s visibility at all U-M schools, colleges, and campuses. For more information, please get in touch with Blythe Murphy, director of Foundation Relations, at

Foundation Relations

Foundation Relations connects professional foundation partners with the university’s work to advance programming, outreach, and research. Foundation relations works with faculty to develop competitive proposals for funders, including providing support and guidance with:

  • Proposal development, review, and editing
  • Foundation research, prospecting, and relationship building
  • Coordinating with research administrators, UM-Dearborn’s Office of Research and research development, and the Ann Arbor campus

For more information, please get in touch with Blythe Murphy, director of Foundation Relations, at For faculty looking for more information about specific funding opportunities and grant writing FAQs, please visit


Blythe Murphy Bio

Blythe Murphy is the director of Foundation Relations for UM-Dearborn. She works to connect faculty and programs in all four colleges and centers of the campus with private foundation funding opportunities. Before joining the university, she was a senior research specialist at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Learning Sciences Research Institute. Blythe holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a BA in History from Miami University.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

1040 - Administration Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-583-6729
Fax: 313-593-0540