Working with companies, trusts and foundations

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What we can help with

The Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) supports you with philanthropic funding. Funding is philanthropic when it is:

  • a gift – whether from an individual, a company, a trust or foundation, a lottery fund, or an overseas government agency
  • not given by the UK or EU government – including agencies like HEFCE, research councils and NHS trusts
  • not a quid pro quo – the intent must be to give, not to receive exclusive benefits, rights or operational control in return
  • not corporate sponsorship – ie the company gets tangible marketing, hospitality or event benefits in return.

For more detail, see this guidance document: Definition of philanthropic sources and philanthropic intent.

How we can help

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What we do

We assist with building relationships with companies, trusts and foundations who support research and students.

We help with identifying and approaching new supporters, accepting their gifts and grants and reporting on progress.

A key part of our work with supporters is ‘stewardship’ – acknowledging them and thanking them for supporting the University.

We work in close partnership with the Research and Enterprise.