What We Do

OCFR provides the following services to the University communtiy.

Act as a clearinghouse

We update you on the best approaches and strategies for foundation engagement, and assist you directly or indirectly with your grant proposals.

Advice and alert to new proposal opportunities

We send relevant RFP announcements to departments and PI's and provide project support as needed.

Project Management

OCFR works with faculty and staff from concept to proposal submission once programs and research meet eligibility requirements for a feasible project. Your program needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible for OCFR project management services: 1) a sustainable or existing project/program approved by the dean/chair and led by an engaged PI; 2) projects/programs that align with a target foundation’s funding priorities; and 3) $25,000 or more request for funding with a supporting budget (which we can assist you with preparing).

Program Development

We assist departments through exploratory meetings to determine and develop a program so it meets the requirements to attract foundation support.

Cultivate, solicit and steward prospects

OCFR will work with you to draft letters of inquiry (LOI) to cultivate and solicit foundations funding. OCFR will provide full project management support once foundations are interested in a program or research. OCFR project management services during the proposal process include:

  • Team meetings and work plan development
  • Research viable foundation partners
  • Planning and budget development
  • Identify funding models
  • Drafting letters of inquiry
  • Arranging foundation meetings and/or site visits
  • Proposal packaging and submission
  • Stewardship & Follow up with Existing partners


We follow up with, and update current foundation partners through calls, emails, letters, and invitations to events.


OCFR will send reminders to you for financial and programmatic reports. We will also assist with review and revision of your reports to ensure that you meet funder guidelines and increase your chances for future funding.