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Faculty & Staff Frequently Asked Question

What are the essential functions of Flagler’s Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations?

Our office coordinates with Flagler College faculty & staff on concept and proposal development, private foundation and corporation communication, writing and submission of grant proposals, and grant reporting. We serve as a conduit for faculty & staff seeking gifts from corporations, private foundations and/or the state & federal government. Our focus is on outreach and relationship maintenance with these types of donors.

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I have an initiative that needs funding, what do I do next?

Excellent! Your next step is to get in touch with us! We’ll engage you in the funding process – collaborating with you and your team to align a potential corporation or philanthropic foundation with the mission and vision of your project. We have access to multiple databases that provide a clearer picture of existing and/or future opportunities for funding. This can be a lengthy process as funders receive numerous requests every day from institutions just like ours. While no proposal is guaranteed, we are committed to working diligently with you throughout this process and utilizing our expertise in building and stewarding relationships with corporations and foundations to put Flagler College in the best position for philanthropic support.

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We’ve submitted our proposal, now what?

No two funders and their guidelines, timeframes and funding processes are the same. Our goal once a proposal is submitted is to track it through the process, keeping you informed and up-to-date as possible. Just because we submitted one proposal doesn’t mean there aren’t other corporations and/or foundations to solicit funding requests. Every day we conduct searches for donors whose interests align with yours. As opportunities present themselves, our team will maintain communication with you and ensure your involvement throughout the solicitation process.

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What are some examples of corporate gifts?

Most recently, Flagler College received a generous gift from Wells Fargo in support of the Flagler Cares: Student Emergency Fund. TIAA Bank committed to supporting first generation scholarship recipients. Flagler Athletics also receives numerous sponsorships throughout the year, such as Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, St. Augustine Marina Inc, and Siemens Corporation. 

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What are some examples of foundation gifts?

Publix Super Markets Charities (the non-profit philanthropic arm of Publix Super Markets) has committed $5,000 to the Flagler Fund every year for the past several years. The Edna Sproull Williams Foundation has supported the Youth Ministry Forum for numerous years. The Lilly Endowment recently committed $1 million to the Missing Voices Project.

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I found an opportunity that is Federally-sponsored, what next?

Great! In addition to private organizational funding, the office of Corporate & Foundation Relations aids in the creation and submission of proposals to Federal and State organizations (i.e. National Endowment for the Humanities, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association, etc.). These proposals typically require more coordination across your department, our office and the Business Office prior to submission. We are absolutely happy to help!

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What is the Clearance List?

The Clearance List includes organizations that Flagler College may already be in the process of approaching for institutional support or fund Flagler College on an annual basis. In an effort to minimize multiple proposals being sent to the same organization, please let us know ahead of time if you intend to contact one of these organizations. Our office engages regularly with many of these organizations and may be able to provide assistance on your proposal or information that may be helpful in your efforts.

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Should I contact Corporate & Foundation Relations even if I don’t need their help with my proposal?

Yes. We believe in streamlining communication. To be successful in securing funding from philanthropic organizations, it is helpful for us to know what proposals/projects are in the works. Simply being aware of your initiative may allow us to identify other avenues for funding.

 

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