Information for Corporations and Foundations

WPI’s Office of Foundation Relations works in tandem with philanthropic foundations, building relationships that meet the goals of the foundation while supporting WPI.  We also work in tandem with WPI’s faculty and administrators to help pave the way for successful partnerships.  By supporting research and projects that advance mutual goals, foundations and WPI can collaborate to create lasting impact.   

Please reach out to our team to learn more.  And, in the meantime, we encourage you to explore the links below to learn more about areas that may be of interest. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of the Office of Foundation Relations?

Foundation Relations helps to build relationships between private foundations and WPI.  We serve as the primary contact for foundations that wish to philanthropically support WPI.  In addition to assisting with proposal development, we are also able to arrange for meetings or campus visits between foundation representatives and members of the WPI community.  We work with professional foundations, family foundations, community foundations, and corporate foundations.

When should a foundation contact the Office of Foundation Relations?

We welcome the opportunity to discuss partnerships and collaborations with your foundation.  You can connect with our office to explore partnerships across our campus or if you have a specific area of interest.

My foundation will only support 501c3 organizations.  Is WPI a 501c3? 

Yes, WPI is exempt from federal income tax under Section 115 of the Internal Revenue Code.

What is the difference between sponsored research and a gift?

Whether funds received for a research project will be administered as a gift or as sponsored research is based upon the nature of the funded project and the terms and conditions of the award documents.