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Giving to Wright State

Foundation and Corporate Giving

One of the most powerful statements an organization can make is its investment in the community.

In the 1960s, Dayton’s early business and civic leaders had a vision—to create a public university positioned to produce a highly trained and educated workforce to meet the needs of our region. Today’s foundation and corporate leaders have the same vision, believing in the transformative power of higher education to change lives and help drive our region’s economy.

The Office of Corporate and Community Engagement at Wright State University specializes in partnering with corporate and community leaders to create strategic initiatives that have a positive impact on the community we share.

Foundation Partnerships

We work closely with private and public foundations to advance mutually beneficial partnerships, largely in the areas of education, research, human services, and the arts. We invite you to work with us on programs of a local, national, and global scale with lasting positive impact.

Corporate Investment Opportunities

Educate Tomorrow’s Workforce

Become involved with top students by supporting their enrollment and retention and enhancing their academic experience

  • Establish a corporate scholarship
  • Establish co-op/internship opportunities
  • Provide an expert speaker for a classroom or event
  • Sponsor a student project

Connect to Expert Faculty

Engage with world-class faculty who are key to innovative academic programs and research in areas such as marketing, supply chain management, and computer science

  • Establish an endowed faculty or chair position
  • Create a joint-appointment faculty position
  • Engage in joint research

Support Academic Programming

Provide funding and encouragement to facilitate the development of pioneering academic programming and research

  • Serve on an academic advisory board
  • Support faculty research
  • Support targeted academic and community outreach programs such as STEM education

Engage in Research

Corporate-sponsored research can take many directions, from government contracts to academic pursuits

  • Establish individualized research collaborations with the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) or within specific academic units
  • Collaborate on clinical and translational research
  • Sponsor senior and graduate student research projects

Market Your Business

Establish visibility on campus through a multitude of sponsorship opportunities that provide branding and name recognition for your company

  • Create a named scholarship
  • Sponsor athletic, academic, and alumni events
  • Sponsor fine and performing arts events
  • Name spaces, buildings, centers, departments, or academic programs

Corporate Testimonials

“Wright-Patt Credit Union and Wright State University share an uncommon commitment to serving others and helping to build a growing and vibrant community of leaders. Indeed, there’s nothing more fun than collaborating with a world-class university to make a positive difference in the lives of students and community members throughout our region. I’m proud of our long and rewarding association with Wright State University!”
Douglas A. Fecher
President and CEO
Wright-Patt Credit Union

“It’s hard to overestimate Wright State University’s value to the Southwest Ohio business community. As a pipeline for talented employees, a powerful regional economic engine, and a community thought leader, Wright State represents a cornerstone of Dayton’s success in the 21st century. We face exciting economic opportunities here in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio. It makes sense for leading employers to partner with and support our top educational institutions to find new ways to leverage our strengths and overcome our challenges.”

Erin Hoeflinger
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio

Contact Us

To learn more or discuss customized corporate or foundation partnerships, please contact:

Mary Jean Henry
Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Community Engagement
(937) 775-3615