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For Corporations & Foundations

In a global marketplace driven by sweeping social and economic forces and rapid and continual advances in technology,  the corporate community is a vital partner to the Smith School’s ability to prepare smart, savvy business leaders who can handle change, think on their feet, work collaboratively, and improve the markets and communities they serve. Investing in our students, Centers of Excellence, and student clubs and associations generates a strong return for corporations and organizations across a wide spectrum of industries.

Through programs and initiatives, such as experiential learning programs, case competitions, training and development workshops and scholarships, the Corporate & Foundation Relations team helps to facilitate deep engagement opportunities that meet the unique, strategic goals of our corporate partners.

We invite you to learn more about the many ways you can partner with the Smith School to enhance the “Smith Experience” for all our students and gain unique opportunities to engage with our students, world-class faculty and the greater UMD community.  

The Smith Corporate Partners Program recognizes corporate partners who are engaged and committed across a spectrum of Smith School priorities, including student opportunity and engagement, programmatic excellence and Smith School advancement.

Smith Corporate Partners are featured on a donor wall in Van Munching Hall and are invited to participate in special events with Smith School administration, faculty and students.

Please contact us for more information about the Smith Corporate Partners Program!

David VanLone, Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

301-405-8883 | dvanlone@rhsmith.umd.edu

David has 20 years of experience in fundraising, starting his career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  He has served as Senior Vice President of Major Gifts for the Great Rivers region of the American Heart Association, Vice President of Major Gifts for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Director of Development for the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation.  David was the founder of the Southwestern Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA-SW) and has been recognized with the Jonathan Lindsay Lifetime Achievement Award.  He teaches the capstone course and was a member of the original task force for the development of the Fundraising Operations program at Rice University’ Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.  David graduated from St. Bonaventure University and received his MBA from Syracuse University.  

Nick Brennan, Associate Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

301-405-1418 | nbrennan@rhsmith.umd.edu

Nick joined the Smith School in October 2014 after over 10 years as a fundraising and marketing professional for non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. Nick has worked with leading arts, cultural and human service organizations, and governmental agencies including Arena Stage, the National Cathedral, the National Endowment for the Arts, and United Cerebral Palsy. Prior to joining the Smith School, Nick was the Director of Development for Youth for Understanding USA. Originally from western Massachusetts, Nick received his Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre at Catholic University.