Corporate and Foundation Relations

The primary responsibility of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is to seek and secure financial support from foundations and corporations in support of Bowdoin’s academic program and institutional priorities. CFR identifies potential funding sources and provides guidance in the development of projects and cultivation of relationships with prospective funders. We prepare and submit grant proposals for institutional grants, provide stewardship, and assist faculty and staff in grant management. The CFR office also facilitates corporate partnerships to meet the College’s priorities.  

The following list provides a sample of recent institutional grants awarded to Bowdoin.

Bowdoin received a 2017 Beckman Scholars Program award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The funding is for three years, and supports four students doing intensive, independent research in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or neuroscience under the mentorship of a faculty member, over the course of two summers and one academic year.

The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust awarded Bowdoin generous scholarship support for two students majoring in government or economics.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art received grants from the Maine Humanities Council and the Robert Lehman Foundation in support of the summer 2017 exhibition, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe.

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art awarded the Bowdoin College Museum of Art a grant in support of the catalogue to accompany the summer 2018 exhibition Winslow Homer, Photography, and the Traffic in Images.

The Bank of America awarded the Bowdoin College Museum of Art a grant to support the creation of a structured engagement program that connects the Museum to local communities, with a specific focus on personalized tours for visiting schools and cultural organizations, including support for travel to and from the Museum.  

The State of Maine awarded a grant through the Efficiency Maine Trust to implement greenhouse gas reduction projects in three buildings on campus: the Pickard Field House, the Farley Field House and the Burton Little building that houses the Admissions Office.

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum received a grant from the Kane Lodge Foundation to fund two fellowships for students who will spend the summer inventorying, assessing the condition of, and photographing historic objects housed in the summer home of Robert E. Peary on Eagle Island.