Corporate and Foundation Giving
Each year, grants and sponsorships received from national and local corporations and foundations support programs, faculty research, community collaborations, public events and a wide range of campus initiatives. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is responsible for stewarding relationships between St. Kate's and its corporate and foundation partners.
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Examples of past partnerships include:
Partnerships with each of these foundations has expanded the capacity of the University's National Center for STEM Elementary Education so that we may better meet the country’s needs for quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at the elementary level. The center has four areas of emphasis: teaching (both pre-service and in-service); research; curriculum and materials; and consulting and outreach. Investment in the center will result in increased enthusiasm for and retention in STEM studies and careers, leading to an expanded and well-prepared STEM workforce.
Continued support from these foundations has worked to eliminate barriers to higher education for women of high ability who may be new immigrants, the first in their families to attend college, or low-income. College immersion camps for girls of color began over thirty years ago at St. Catherine. Now known as the First Step Institute, the program’s goal is to provide young women of color with the knowledge, tools, support and encouragement to make a successful transition from high school to college.
This leading provider of global cloud commerce has been an ongoing champion for St. Catherine University’s Leadership Institute. Throughout the year, the Leadership Institute hosts a number of conferences, breakfasts, networking sessions and other events that reach out to professional women at all levels – from emerging leaders to CEOs. Programming at each event is topical, timely and designed to provoke thoughtful big-picture discussions, as well as provide tactical skills and strategies that can be implemented immediately back at the office. Each year, more than 2,000 women from 100 corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations participate in Leadership Institute programming and events.
A partnership between Allina Health System and St. Catherine University brought together 300 healthcare and education leaders from across the state for the 2011 Henrietta Schmoll School of Health’s Clinical Education Summit. Professionals from Allina Health System, Fairview, HealthEast Care System, Health Partners and The University of Minnesota participated in panel discussions on how to best support the growing need for interprofessional healthcare teams.