Foundation Relations

Foundation support is a vital part of many of the University's programs, projects and other key efforts that have helped Quinnipiac rank among the nation's best universities. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations works to align foundation priorities and interests with Quinnipiac's programs and needs to ensure mutually beneficial relationships.

Foundations help support a range of critical activities that support Quinnipiac University's strategic plan for academic excellence and national prominence based on its strong core values of excellence in education, sensitivity to students and spirit of community through:
  • Scholarships
  • Faculty Chairs
  • Academic Excellence and National Prominence
  • Other Giving
For more information, please contact:
Janet Headley
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Quinnipiac University (AH-DVP)
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908
203-582-8654 (fax)


Scholarships strengthen the University by helping to attract and retain the most promising and diverse pool of candidates for admission without regard for their ability to pay the full tuition. Our Financial Aid Office works with all students to assure that they receive the maximum aid for which they are eligible to make a Quinnipiac education more affordable.

A minimum of $25,000 or more will endow a named scholarship in perpetuity. Presidential Scholarships cover the full cost of attendance and are established with gifts of $500,000 that are matched by Quinnipiac. Annual scholarship funds may be established at any giving level. For further information on how scholarships impact the lives of our students, contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Faculty Chairs

Quinnipiac University is committed to providing a supportive, stimulating and highly personalized environment for the intellectual and personal growth of all students. Central to this commitment is the faculty who are teacher-scholars, dedicated to both teaching and the pursuit of new knowledge through scholarly inquiry. Through their research, faculty contribute to national and international conversations with other scholars and enrich the diversity of ideas within the University community.

Endowed faculty positions allow Quinnipiac to attract and retain outstanding faculty and provide naming opportunities to the donor. Gifts of $1 million will be matched by Quinnipiac and will endow a faculty chair in perpetuity. Other opportunities for faculty support include named professorships and fellowships.

Academic Excellence and National Prominence

Foundation support is vital to supporting Quinnipiac University's strategic plan for academic excellence and national prominence. The plan calls for strengthening all of our schools and colleges, with particular attention on select priority areas identified for their potential to help Quinnipiac achieve and maintain a top-tier ranking among peer programs nationally. The primary beneficiaries of this initiative are Quinnipiac's students. Strengthening the University's curriculum and academic programs and retaining and recruiting top faculty are the best ways to ensure that the education Quinnipiac students receive is truly first rate.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations works with foundations to help establish mutually beneficial relationships between foundation interests and Quinnipiac programs. The University is home to eight schools and colleges that offer a full range of programs in arts and sciences, business and engineering, communications, education, health sciences, law, medicine and nursing.

Quinnipiac University's 11 institutes and centers offer specialized opportunities for collaboration aimed at achieving the goals of both the University and its foundation partners. For instance, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning is revitalizing and supporting science education in Connecticut's K-12 classrooms by increasing student proficiency and achievement in science, the pursuit of science careers and overall science literacy.

Other opportunities for collaboration include our Writing Across the Curriculum program and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students.

For information about how partnerships between foundations and Quinnipiac University can benefit the interests of both, contact Janet Headley, director of corporate and foundation relations at 203-582-3720 or

Other Giving

Foundations often support our University-wide and school-specific programs, events and other services, such as:

  • The Learning Commons - The Learning Commons is focused on developing self-sufficient learners leading to classroom success through peer tutoring, academic counseling and special services.
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs - The Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates, develops and promotes activities to facilitate multicultural interactions and increase sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  • Service Learning - Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
  • Business Leader Hall of Fame - The School of Business annually recognizes outstanding businessmen and women who have made significant and enduring contributions to their business and industry through extraordinary leadership.
  • Fred Friendly Award - The School of Communications presents the annual Fred Friendly Award, named for the former CBS News president, that brings together leading journalists to honor courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment. Recent honorees have included Charles Gibson, Bob Schieffer and Tim Russert. The Fred Friendly Professor of Broadcast Journalism is a permanent position in the School of Communications.
  • The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning - The Center is dedicated to various aspects of pedagogical development across the University. Its mission is to nurture and support a learning community of teachers and scholars by encouraging all faculty members to learn, share and reflect on means of blending classroom content and professional research in an on-going effort to conceptualize and implement exemplary educational strategies.
  • Albert Schweitzer Institute - The institute focuses on health, humanitarian and peace efforts; supports health care development in underserved areas; and seeks to motivate young people to serve the community.