Corporate and Foundation Relations

Welcome to the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR). Our office works to engage and strengthen corporate and foundation partnerships with Ferris State University. Such partnerships are crucial to the advancement and support of Ferris’ mission of preparing students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning.

Our Services

  • Provides a central point of contact for corporations and foundations to Ferris’ greatest resources: our students, faculty and staff.
  • Matches Ferris programmatic and institutional needs with corporate, foundation and other philanthropic interests and makes connections for Ferris faculty and staff with appropriate funders.
  • Guides inquiries from business and industry relating to collaborations, professional education, internships, student recruitment, and other corporate requests to appropriate Ferris programs.
  • Serves as a central clearance point for philanthropic requests to corporations and foundations.
  • Advises faculty, advancement colleagues and other university grant seekers in identifying foundation funding sources as well as provide assistance in preparing and submitting proposals.


The CFR office can support your organization’s campus interests that may range from funding scholarships to faculty support to naming opportunities. We will work with you to match your organization’s mission to a giving opportunity at Ferris, creating a customized philanthropic program that aligns directly with your business objectives and boosts your organization’s visibility on campus.

We invite you to invest in the future of education, the state of Michigan, and the world.


Karen Lerew
Senior Advancement Officer, Corporate & Foundation Relations

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