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Corporate & Foundation Relations

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Build Corporate Relationships


Purpose: Programs and projects that encourage campus and community interaction enhance Southern’s mission to be a learning community that prepares students for “a life of service.” As Southern strives to build these programs it benefits from involvement and support from many sources—private, foundation, and corporate. The “Corporate Partnership” program provides the infrastructure to coordinate these essential relationships, as well as maximize and recognize their value.

Goal: To build strong long-term relationships between the university and public and private companies by helping to coordinate activities of mutual benefit into a “big-picture” plan of annual involvement and support.

Guidelines: Each Corporate Partnership plan will be customized according to interests, involvement, and level of support. Corporate Partners are special to Southern and deserve tailored treatment and benefits; however, the relationship with corporate partners, and students and employees will be consistent with Southern's Solicitation Policy PP-1190. Presentations by Corporate Partners on campus should have an educational purpose with sensitivity to the privacy of employees and students.

The customized plan for each corporation will be developed with key representation as appropriate from:

  1. The corporation
  2. University advancement
  3. University academic administration
  4. University faculty and students from the related school(s)/department(s)
  5. Civic engagement, student services, and career services

Benefit to Corporate Partners

  • Raise awareness of the corporation through “Meet the Firms,” SIFE, workshops, conferences, corporate partner days, event sponsorship, etc.
  • Give recognition to Southern’s Corporate Partners in media publications.
  • Recruit from the wealth of talented students for career opportunities through shadowing, internships, and job interviews.
  • Work with faculty members on research, course development, and case writing; and arrange for executive-professor exchanges for lectures, etc.
  • Interact with a network of executives through informal forums and executive education programs.

Benefit to Southern Adventist University

  • Increase awareness among students and faculty of breadth of career opportunities for graduates.
  • Provide access to a network of leading executives that serve as mentors to assist in shaping their careers.
  • Give recognition of Southern’s partnership through Corporate media network.
  • Give in-kind and monetary support to key areas of interest and institutional priorities.

Suggested Levels of Support: Companies are invited to join the program through an annual unrestricted gift of $2,500 to The Southern Fund. These companies will receive recognition as Corporate Partners and are invited to participate in “Meet the Firms” and We-Haul. Other appropriate partnership activities and related opportunities are coordinated at the following levels:

Corporate Investor:
Contribution of $50,000 or more annually.

Corporate Leader:
Contribution of $25,000 -- $49,999 annually.

Associate Partner:
Contribution of $10,000 -- $24,999 annually.