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 qualify 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.

Robert Silk
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.

CandF_MathworksThe 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:

John Bowen
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 Karen Kaplan, Chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday; 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 617.373.4944.


Past Events

John Fish     Article | Video
Group COO & Executive Director | Li & Fung Limited

Spencer Fung     Article
Group CEO | Li & Fung Limited

Karen Kaplan     Article | Video
Chairman and CEO | Hill Holliday

Ed Shirley     Article
Former President and CEO | Bacardi Limited

Larry Merlo     Article
Chief Executive Officer | CVS Caremark

Joseph Tucci     Article
Chairman and CEO | EMC Corporation
Cloud Computing, Big Data and IT Security

Sheila Lirio Marcelo     Article
Founder and Chief Executive Officer |
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