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Corporate and Foundation Relations

Philanthropic support from corporations and foundations takes many forms, including gifts for endowment, faculty support, facility construction, scholarships and fellowships, research, public outreach, internships, sponsorships, technology transfer, diversity programming, and access to education for underserved audiences.


The URI Foundation's Corporate & Foundation Relations staff offers expertise and guidance to members of the University community through the following services:

Developing funding strategies
Identification, qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of corporate prospects
Preparation and development of proposals and reports
Coordination with the URI Division of Research & Economic Development and the
URI Business Engagement Center
Managing the process of developing and furthering corporate and foundation
relationships

Through these services, we promote the development of interdisciplinary partnerships and help coordinate an effective, University-wide approach to corporate and foundation donors and prospects.

By working to successfully match the needs of the University to support innovation, research, scholarship and the development of emerging programming with available corporate and foundation funding and grant opportunities, the office of Corporate & Foundation Relations makes a significant impact on the entire university community.



Located in the Alumni Center, the Corporate & Foundation Relations staff is ready and available to assist you.  Please contact a member of our team:

  • Katharine Hazard Flynn, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 401.874.7084 or khflynn@uri.edu.
  • Sharon Pavignano, Assistant Director, at 401.874.5124 or spavignano@uri.edu.
  • Katie McGwin, Senior Grant Writer, at 401.874.9509 or kmcgwin@uri.edu
  • Karen Franko, Grant Writer, at 401.847.4435 or kfranko@uri.edu