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UF Corporate & Foundation Relations

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Work with Us

Our collective team helps to guide corporate and foundation partnerships for the University of Florida’s colleges, centers and institutes. We work to build strong collaborations where mutual strengths, interests, and impacts align.

Our Approach

The Corporate and Foundation Relations team helps catalyze partnerships with the University of Florida—a land, sea and space grant institution, the state’s flagship university and a research enterprise that spans 16 diverse colleges and a multi-site, multidisciplinary academic health system.

We connect students, faculty members, university programs and health care resources with corporations and foundations in the following ways:


We link corporations and foundations with University of Florida programs, increasing campus visibility and engagement with the UF community while creating positive change. Strategic philanthropic opportunities include research projects, scholarships, fellowships, programmatic support, naming rights, endowments and more.

Research Collaboration

University of Florida is a top-performing research institution and academic medical center that pioneers innovative discoveries. Our team links industry with UF researchers to create mutually beneficial partnerships across a range of fields, from biotech and pharmaceuticals to law, marketing, data science, and beyond. We work closely with UF’s sponsored research, clinical trials, and commercialization efforts and can facilitate introductions when desired.

Student Engagement

Our office partners with UF’s Career Connections Center and Business Career Services to help external partners interact with our 60,000+ undergraduate and graduate students across campus and beyond. Opportunities include student engagement and recruitment for internships, experiential learning and dynamic job placements.

For Faculty & Staff

Our office plays a vital role in catalyzing meaningful connections between faculty, staff and students at UF and industry partners, foundations and other private organizations by:

  • Identifying partners who are the best fit for UF’s research, education and impact goals.
  • Developing substantive and reciprocal relationships with our partners.
  • Collaborating closely with faculty and staff to create and submit tailored proposals that align with our partners’ preferences and priorities—enabling us to achieve our shared goals.
  • Facilitating proposal submissions through the UF Foundation, Inc. when a funder considers an award an unrestricted gift or requires that the applicant organization have 501(c)(3) status.

Search for current corporate and foundation funding opportunities through our internal partnership with UF Strategic Research Development.

If you are interested in pursuing an application to a foundation or corporation, please reach out.

For Foundations

We align UF’s mission-driven research, education, health care and community engagement with the funding goals of private foundations and public charities.

Our team serves as a primary point of contact for foundations in the following ways:

  • Matching foundation funding interests with projects and programs across UF.
  • Facilitating meetings, site visits and proposal development.
  • Providing project management for grant reports and stewardship efforts.

Contact us to learn more.

For Corporations

We help companies navigate our institution and identify opportunities to collaborate.

Our team works with corporate partners to develop mutually beneficial collaborations with UF by:

  • Serving as a gateway that connects corporations with UF to support our mission.
  • Convening teams within and beyond UF to expand research that addresses some of the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Fostering interactions between industry and UF’s top talent through case competitions, thought leadership, and recruitment opportunities.

Contact us to get started.



Kim Kruse
Senior Director of Advancement, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(352) 392-0838
Margaret Atherton
Executive Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(772) 713-5074
Brandy Woodard
Development Coordinator, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(352) 392-5493


College of Agricultural and Life Sciences & Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Julie Conn
Senior Director of Corporate Relations
(352) 273-2099
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Christy Popwell
Senior Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(352) 294-1964
Warrington College of Business
Lindsey Farah
Senior Director of Corporate Relations
(352) 392-0381

UF Health

University of Florida Health is the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center. UF Health includes six health-related colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, and Public Health & Health Professions), research institutes and centers, three not-for-profit hospital systems which include 10 hospitals, plus a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services throughout Florida.

Margaret Friend
Executive Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(352) 265-7277
Latashia Harris
Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Tory Byrd
Research Associate, Corporate & Foundation Relations
(352) 627-7846