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University Advancement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 370-4504
Fax: (248) 370-3182
giving@oakland.edu

University Advancement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 370-4504
Fax: (248) 370-3182
giving@oakland.edu

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Corporate Relations

The Corporate Relations team is here to connect you to faculty, students, research, programs and other activities here at Oakland University. We are your one-stop-shop to access all of the resources and assets here at Oakland University. Contact us today to get started.

About Us

We are the industry entry-point to the University. We serve to connect industry across Oakland University and all its schools, colleges, programs, etc., based on interest and opportunity for a mutually beneficial partnership. Learn more about Oakland University!

Research
With nearly 20,000 students and more than 1,200 faculty and researchers, Oakland University sits on a 1,400-acre campus. In the most recent update to the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education, Oakland University moved up to the second-highest tier of research universities. Let us help you connect to the innovation research being done here. Find out more about active research projects at Oakland University.

Southeast Michigan’s corporations invest in talent and technology of the future. We can help you engage and partner with Oakland University to ensure your future talent pipeline is filled and competitive.
Graduates with Local Connections
97 PERCENT OF RECENT OU GRADUATES work in Michigan. That’s unique to Oakland University. That means these graduates will end up working for you, your suppliers, your competitors, your partners and your customers. Don’t you want them to know about your company and your products/services? We can help you gain exposure on campus and at our targeted events.

OU's economic footprint in the region is more than $500 MILLION. Those are dollars that stay in our community for our residents and our region to continue to grow and prosper.
Global Companies – Diverse Talent
Oakland University is strategically located in the heart of a Global Technology Center. Around the University are the headquarters and R&D centers of more than 1,200 foreign-owned firms from 40 different countries. By engaging with OU, you engage with the global marketplace. OU has partnerships with universities around the world in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North and South America. Partnerships with foreign universities include 2+2 degree programs, faculty and student exchanges, and collaborative research.
Corporate Opportunities at Oakland University
  • Talent Attraction
  • Internship/Apprenticeship Development within your company
  • Collaborative Research Projects with OU faculty and OU IP, graduate students, facilities, etc.
  • Capstone Projects – our Graduate Students and our Ph.Ds. can work on a “problem” and find a solution for your company
  • OU’s New “Intrepreneurship” Pilot Program – Global companies using OU’s Certified International Incubators to spin-out new technology, new products, or new services
  • Kresege Library’s Corporate Partnership Program ­ Use the University’s Library for your staff – Physical locations, meeting rooms, access to data and resources available at the Library – plus it’s an off-site option that encourages creativity and innovation
  • Join an advisory board (industry focused) to help drive and set curriculum
  • Growing the future: K-12 student interaction
    • STEM Camps
    • Athletic Camps
    • Other K-12 Programs
  • Naming Rights at OU for
    • Buildings
    • Scholarships 
    • Programs
  • Examples we have open now:
    • Lean Learning Lab
    • MakerSpace Area at Kresege Library
    • Virtual Reality Lab
    • The Stadium (the O’RENA)
    • Professional Development/Training for your staff
      • Companies can outsource their entire training/certification programs to OU. We manage everything for your HR Team.
      • Create customized certifications for your staff
  • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Marketing Opportunities
    • Sponsor an event, program, initiative and have your logo present
    • Visibility at Oakland Athletics
  • Networking with other corporations engaged with the University
  • And More… 

Contact us today to get started!

Donations to Oakland University are tax deductible. Access our resources and get a tax deduction for this year on any donation you give to the university. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Corporate Partners

Thank you to the following generous corporate partners of Oakland University. Together they have funded almost $12 million for various programs, laboratories, and university initiatives in the last two years.

Their generous gifts continue to help fund new and improved learning spaces, interactive laboratories, scholarships, research, precollege programs, STEM programs for k-12, student competitions, community engagement, and much more.

In return, these corporate partners have leveraged the university for talent acquisition, new product development & Research, continual education and training for their staff, marketing of their company’s brand and so much more.

We could not achieve all the great things we have achieved thus far without these great corporate partners.

Our students know them, our faculty know them and our communities know them because they continue to be engaged with Oakland University.

Contact us today to join this impressive list of partners:

Ascension Health
AT&T
Autoliv Americas
Barton Malow
BBN Technologies (Raytheon)
BETA CAE Systems USA, Inc.
BorgWarner
CareTech Solutions
Civitas Learning
Comcast Innovation Fund
Comprehensive Early Autism Services
Consumers Energy
Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
Crestmark Bank
Deloitte
Delphi
Detroit Medical Center
DTE Energy
DXV Investments LLC
Eaton Corporation
ESG Automotive Inc
Faurecia
FCA US LLC
Flagstar Bank
Ford Motor Company
General Motors
GKN Group
Grant Thorton
Henry Ford Health System
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Huntington Ford Inc.
Hyundai
Infogation Corporation
IPC Services Inc
Ironic Chemicals
J & H Transporation Inc
Key Safety Systems
Kuka Robotics Corporation
Lakeshore Striders Inc.
LG
Mack L Carpenter PC
Maclean-Fogg Component Solutions
Magna International, Inc.
Mahindra North America
Mayo Clinic
McLaren Health Care
Meemic Insurance Company
Meijer Pharmacy
Merrill Lynch
Michigan Head & Spine Institute, PC
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Mobis North America
Nabtesco Motion Control, Inc
Northern Trust Bank
Peaker Services Inc
Plante & Moran, PLLC
Plastic Engineering and Technology Services Inc
PPG Industries, Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
PWC
Quicken Loans
RHK Technology, Inc.
Roncelli
Safety Engineering Laboratories
Shannon Precision Fastener
St. Joseph Mercy Health System
TF Healy LLC
The Pino Insurance Company
Trinity Health
United Shore
Valeo
Wiegand's
William Beaumont Hospital
X-wave Innovation, INC
YourCause LLC

This list is comprised of companies that have hired the most number of students and/or have sponsored/donated more than $10,000 in the last two years.

 

Foundation Relations

Our team continues to look for ways for faculty and students to partner with foundations and community organizations to help address needs in our surrounding communities. Foundations have funded research, academic programs, cultural initiatives, community outreach and other initiatives that make Oakland University a vital community resource in the Metro Detroit region.

In the last two years, foundations have granted more than $20 million to Oakland University on various programs that serve our region.

From STEM Camps, to entrepreneurial and economic development initiatives in underserved communities, to the Pontiac Initiative, to diversity and inclusion programs throughout the region, our team works to ensure your foundation’s mission is met at the while also serving our community needs.

Contact us today so we can help you find programs and initiatives here at Oakland University that meet your foundation’s goals and mission. Collaborate with us. It’s truly our pleasure to partner with you!

Join these dynamic foundations that have collaborated with Oakland University in the last two years:

Alpha Foundation
Association For Unmanned Vehicle Foundation
Bank of America Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Carl and Irene Morath Foundation Inc
Catholic Foundation of Michigan
Charles Koch Foundation
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Cooper Standard Foundation Inc
DENSO North America Foundation
Doris J & Donald L Duchene Sr. Foundation
Douglas & Angela Braly Family Foundation
Drusilla Farwell Foundation
Filmer Memorial Charitable Trust
Frank and Ethel Bresto Family Foundation
Gene Haas Foundation
HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Keybank Foundation
Kresge Foundation
Marshall Family Scholar Foundation
Matilda R. Wilson Fund
Moscone Family Foundation
Newman Family Foundation
PNC Foundation
R Hugh and Nancy Elliott Foundation
Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation
Serra Family Foundation
Smiles for Children
Ted Lindsay Foundation
The Ayco Charitable Foundation
The Baskin Foundation
The Lisa and Brian Meer Foundation
The Pearson Family Foundation
The Ravitz Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
United Jewish Foundation
Vision Research ROPARD Foundation
W.J. and Lillian Kemler Foundation

These foundations have granted at least $5,000 to Oakland University in the last two years.