Your Trusted Guide to Campus Partnerships

The Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy serves as the central university office connecting private funders with university leadership, faculty and programs. We work closely with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities and our colleagues in Development situated in schools, centers and labs across campus.

The mission of UCLA as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. We partner with external organizations to develop philanthropic collaborations with the capacity to advance shared goals for research, education and service that align with this mission.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE INCLUDE

  • Expert and comprehensive guidance to foundations, corporate donors, and other entities interested in exploring philanthropic engagement with UCLA
  • Partnership across UCLA in developing and coordinating funding activities that advance institutional priorities
  • Facilitation for foundations and corporations in launching funding calls, requests for proposals, nominations for awards, and open competitions — and in working across UCLA to publicize these opportunities
  • Collaboration with faculty and staff on all aspects of successful work with foundations and corporations — ranging from initial engagement of funders to developing proposals and communications — to stewarding long-term relationships between UCLA and our supporters

STELLAR KIM

Executive Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

As Executive Director of UCLA’s central Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy, Stellar oversees a team that works with UCLA’s academic, research, and administrative leadership, and with faculty and staff across UCLA’s schools, departments, centers, labs, and programs to develop funding partnerships between the university and a variety of philanthropic organizations.
Prior to joining UCLA, Stellar served as Senior Director of Foundation Relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused on developing funder collaborations across MIT’s research enterprise, major Institute initiatives, and programs. Her tenure in higher education includes serving as adjunct faculty at public and private universities.

SCOTT HASSLER, PhD

Senior Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Scott W. Hassler focuses on funding opportunities centered on science, engineering, technology, law, public policy, and social sciences. He serves as liaison to the Chancellor’s Sustainable Los Angeles Grand Challenge, focused on climate, environment, and sustainability.

LAURA FUENTES

Senior Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Laura Fuentes works with faculty and foundations to identify and develop funding opportunities across campus, with special focus on public health, nursing, law, public policy, education, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Laura is liaison to the Chancellor’s Depression Grand Challenge.

Previously, Laura was Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Johns Hopkins University and served as Deputy Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she oversaw research programs and communications. She is an experienced research program director in public health promotion and health communication, with publications in various scholarly journals.

Laura holds an M.A. in Communications from Johns Hopkins University and an M.M. in Music from Towson University.

RESHMA AVENKAR

Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Reshma Anvekar focuses on funding collaborations in health and life sciences, working across UCLA’s top-ranked schools, departments, research centers, and labs, and health system.

ELISABETH KEALY LEAVITT

Assistant Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Elisabeth works with foundations and corporations on funding support and partnerships for various campus areas and programs at UCLA, including student-focused, veterans-supporting, and community outreach activities.

STEPHANIE DYAS

Deputy Director
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Stephanie oversees all operational aspects of our work with foundations, helping funders navigate processes involved in working with UCLA, and managing coordination across offices at UCLA and the UC system.

Prior to joining UCLA, she was Director of Government and Foundation Relations for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

CYNTHIA GONZALEZ-SAYLOR

Research Associate
UCLA’s Office of Foundation Relations & Corporate Philanthropy

Cynthia manages the identification, evaluation, and dissemination to UCLA’s campus of foundation-sponsored funding opportunities, competitions, fellowships, and award nominations.

Prior to joining UCLA, Cynthia worked as Research Associate in the development office at New York University and as Development Research Manager in NYU’s School of Law.

CONTACT

Please contact us to discuss how we might assist you in achieving your philanthropic objectives.

frcpinfo@support.ucla.edu
Tel 310.794.2315