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Working with Foundation Relations

Michigan Foundation Relations logoIf you are planning to seek support from a foundation, be sure to see if it is on Foundation Relations' list of managed foundations.

If it is, contact the Foundation Relations office. When working with sponsors from certain foundations, the University of Michigan's relationship is managed at a strategic level.

This strategic management may be required simply because:

  • the Foundation has asked U-M to submit only one proposal a year or a cycle;
  • the Foundation is run by family members who are closely engaged with University of Michigan Foundation Relations; or,
  • there is a requirement that the University of Michigan president must sign the cover letter or provide an endorsement.

The Foundation Relations website has the most current list of managed foundations (requires a U-M login), but it may include the following.

  • Ballmer Group, LLC
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • DMC Foundation
  • Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
  • Gilbert Family Foundation
  • Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsley Foundation
  • Hartwell Foundation, The
  • Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation 
  • Herrick Foundation
  • Kern Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Inc.
  • McGregor Fund
  • Pritzker Family Foundation(s)
  • Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
  • Ruth Mott Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Melon Foundation
  • The Hartwell Foundation Corporation
  • The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • The Susan Thompson Buffet  Foundation
  • Van Elslander Family Foundation
  • W.M. Keck Foundation
  • Wege Foundation
  • William Davidson Foundation



For more information contact Maureen Martin, Executive Director of Foundation Relations, at 647-6074 or