Corporate and Foundation Relations

Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for relationships between the University and private foundations and corporations.

Faculty members preparing proposals that depend on philanthropic support are required to seek the approval of their department chair, dean and the Provost or Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences. All approaches to prospective individual donors, corporations, or private foundations should be cleared in advance through the Office of Institutional Advancement to avoid duplication of effort and conflict with the overall fundraising strategies of the institution. Development personnel will advise faculty members about possible sources of support for particular projects and consult with them on approaches to prospective donors. Corporate and Foundation Relations is also responsible for the Corporate Matching Gifts Program and the Pitt Ambassadors Program.

Annual Fund

The two major objectives of the Annual Fund are to maximize the amount of dollars obtained for the University and broaden as far as possible the base of support. The Department of Annual Giving is responsible for central Institutional Advancement activities related to the yearly solicitation of individual alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends.

The Pitt Internal Campaign (PIC) provides opportunities for individual faculty and staff support and serves as a base for other fundraising and volunteer activities. Each year, faculty and staff members receive an appeal via direct mail and/or the Pitt Telefund. Gifts can be made to the Internal Campaign by check, credit card, or through payroll deduction. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to designate their gifts to their own school, department, or program or may select from more than 2,000 established gift funds that support, for example, scholarships, fellowships, and professorships. Donations at the $1,000 level are acknowledged publicly through a recognition program called "The Chancellor's Circle." For more information regarding the Pitt Internal Campaign, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 412-624-5800.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving assists donors in making gifts to the University that provide the donors with lifetime incomes. The Office also helps donors make gifts of real estate, securities, life insurance, and other tangible assets, or through their wills, trusts, or qualified retirement funds.

School-Based Development

Each school or major academic center within the University has its own Director of Development, who is responsible for the cultivation of prospective donors, the acquisition of major gifts, drafting corporation/foundation proposals, and working closely with deans/directors/campus presidents and faculty to identify particular funding needs.