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University Foundation Relations is a central university office for fundraising from private professional foundations. Part of the Office of Development, University Foundation Relations provides prospect research, cultivation, coordination, proposal writing and stewardship assistance to faculty, administrators and center directors in their work with private foundations.

For Stanford faculty and senior administrators, University Foundation Relations can help identify and approach potential funding sources, plan and coordinate solicitations, assist in inquiries and grant proposals, gather supporting material, and obtain institutional signatures. Other services provided by the Office of University Foundation Relations include serving as a clearinghouse for most Request for Proposals from foundations, producing an electronic newsletter on foundation news for the Stanford community and occasional grantwriting workshops.