Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations supports Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) initiatives by serving as the interface between DUMC programs, projects, and faculty and the research organizations and foundations that support medicine.

We work with the full spectrum of foundations, from small family-based entities to the nation's largest philanthropic organizations. Our activities include:

Services for Grant-Seekers

Whether you are a faculty member, researcher, project coordinator, manager, or other DUMC affiliate, we encourage you to contact us directly when seeking foundation funding. We offer the following assistance:

  • Foundation targeting
  • Foundation background research
  • Foundation contact and introduction
  • Foundation relationship-building and stewardship
  • Proposal development and/or guidance
  • Proposal review

In addition, with your input, we can offer:

  • Alerts for RFPs in your area of research or activity
  • Alerts for awards for faculty in your field, at your level
  • Coordination with major gift officers to leverage and/or maximize funding

Services for Grant-Makers

The Office of Foundation Relations at DUMC actively seeks opportunities to open communications with foundations involved in funding medical education, services, and research. We welcome inquiries from grant-makers, and we encourage staff or board members of foundations to call us, let us know about your grant-making interests, or let us assist you with questions regarding current projects already funded at DUMC. We offer the following assistance:

  • Information about DUMC institutional priorities
  • Information about research in specified areas of medicine
  • Discussion of DUMC connection with foundation priorities
  • Referrals to relevant faculty, investigators, and lead DUMC administrators who may further elucidate their research or clinical areas
  • Answers to questions concerning a specific grant, funding request, or funded project


Jo Allison
Staff Specialist