Corporations and Foundations
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Advancement seeks to establish, sustain, and deepen mutually beneficial partnerships between Northeastern and corporations and private foundations. The office provides external organizations with access to a world-class research university—one that, fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, uses solution-focused, “use-inspired” investigation to solve societal challenges within local communities and around the globe.
Northeastern University has partnered with Comcast on a collaboration to connect communities to online resources. Northeastern’s Center for Community Service has recently signed on as an Internet Essentials training partner. Internet Essentials is a Comcast program that provides internet services at low cost, including an internet-ready computer, to families whose children quality to participate in the National School Lunch program. Northeastern University is providing free digital literacy training to families in the program.
To discover how your company or foundation may benefit from a partnership with Northeastern University, please call us at 617.373.7749.
Associate Vice President
Corporation and Foundation Relations
Opportunities for Partnership
Our work seeks to foster strong, productive relationships between the corporate world—in Boston, across the country, and around the world—and the university’s faculty and academic program leaders. The goal is to promote:
- Strategic philanthropy that advances both Northeastern and the donating company;
- Faculty research and technology transfer;
- Co-ops and making permanent hires that strategically feed the talent pipeline;
- Executive engagement that brings business leaders to campus for lectures and presentations, including our signature CEO Breakfast Forum (see below for details);
- Customized corporate-education programs;
- Strategic sponsorships, gifts-in-kind, and endowed faculty positions and other naming opportunities that enable successful companies to do good while doing well.
The recent opening of the MathWorks Systems Modeling and Radio Technology (SMART) Laboratory marks the latest research development in the successful collaboration between Northeastern and MathWorks, a software-development firm based in Natick, Massachusetts. This latest collaboration with MathWorks builds on a strong relationship that includes co-op placements and research fellowships.
For more information on corporate partnership opportunities, please contact:
Executive Director of Corporate Relations
Corporation and Foundation Advancement
In our work with foundations, our officers evaluate the grant-making programs of private foundations, associations, and charitable trusts with the aim of matching their priorities with those of the university, including new and existing projects, programs and faculty research. Qualifying organizations are then introduced to the appropriate faculty member or administrator, and we endeavor to develop fruitful, mutually gratifying and enduring relationships.
The CEO Breakfast Forum
The CEO Breakfast Forum is Northeastern University’s signature CEO speaker series. Since its inception in the early 1990s, this quarterly forum has featured top speakers, including Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America; Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE; and Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes Media. Speakers address a broad-based audience of CEOs, senior executives, and other business leaders. Attendance is by invitation only.
In Boston, the CEO Breakfast Forum is sponsored by Deloitte and WilmerHale and is presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. In addition, Northeastern occasionally hosts meetings of the Forum in cities outside the United States for members and special guests.
For more information, please call 617.373.7749.
Ed was the most recent keynote speaker at Northeastern’s CEO Breakfast forum. His remarks focused on the “customer is boss” and drew on more than 33 years of experience in the consumer goods sector including Gillette and Procter & Gamble. Today, he is chief executive of family-owned Bacardi Limited, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world with a portfolio of more than 200 brands and labels.
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