Office of Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations serves as Butler University’s centralized point of contact for the corporate and foundation community. Visit us on campus to explore avenues of collaboration together, tour campus facilities, and interact with members of the Butler family.

Butler University can assist your organization in furthering its priorities through access to:

Student Talent Community Service Programs
Faculty Expertise Butler Arts Center
Sponsored Research Butler Athletics
Professional Development Naming Opportunities
Corporate Events On Campus Brand Activation

Contact Us

To discuss how your organization can become involved in a mutually beneficial partnership, please contact the Corporate & Foundation Relations team by phone at 317-940-9825 or by email at

Sarah Hawkins
Executive Director of Foundation Relations

Lindsey Daugherty
Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

Many corporations seek to partner with Butler University through a variety of mutually beneficial opportunities. Whether you are seeking to engage with the student body or sponsor a new or existing program, we can assist with creating a strategic and coordinated plan to support your organization’s goals. We encourage corporate representatives to visit Butler University to learn more about our programs and meet with appropriate members of our campus who may be helpful in reaching your objectives.

For more information about the corporate giving program, including levels of membership and associated benefits, contact our team at 317-940-9825 or by email at

The support of foundations is vital to the continued growth of Butler University as a community resource to address local, regional, and national needs. A historic cultural cornerstone in Central Indiana since 1855, Butler University continuously improves quality of life for the world around us through intellectual developments, educational opportunities, community service programs, events, and tangible resources.

Butler improves our community every day by providing access to:

Arts & Creativity Athletics
Early Childhood Education K-12 Education
Certificate Programs Leadership Development
Workforce Development Health Care
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fresh Local Food
STEM Education Social Justice and Diversity (SJD)

Butler University is grateful for the partnership of foundations in support of these important programs. To learn how your organization can partner with Butler to benefit our shared community, contact the Office of Foundation Relations by email at or by phone at 317-940-9825.

The Office of Foundation Relations aims to increase the amount of private foundation grants and corporate contributions made to Butler University’s academic programs, outreach and special projects.

We work closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs  to provide various external funding services to the University. These activities range from identifying corporate and foundation funding opportunities to assisting with project and proposal development, conducting foundation site visits, facilitating the submission of funding proposals, and acting as stewards of gifts we have received. Please visit the OSP website early when seeking funding for more information on the external funding process.