MSU Denver is a leader in developing mutually beneficial industry partnerships and impactful philanthropic investment opportunities. Through sustained engagement with local and regional partners, the Corporate and Foundation Relations team seeks to support students’ academic and career goals while expanding the university’s positive economic, cultural, and social impact.

The CFR team brings a collaborative and integrated approach to developing partnerships based on shared mission, common vision, and innovative spirit. Engage with MSU Denver to solve business challenges and gain a competitive edge through diverse talent pipelines, innovative projects, and thought-provoking research, as well as strong academic programs, continuing education opportunities, or strategic philanthropic support.

Why Invest in MSU Denver?

The Auraria Campus was bustling with students the first week of classes starting Aug. 23, 2021.

An investment in MSU Denver is a social and economic investment in Colorado, improving the lives of residents while contributing to the state’s economic future. As the only public, four-year, open-access university in Colorado—and one of the most affordable—MSU Denver is uniquely positioned to transform lives through high-quality, accessible education as it realizes its vision of being a nationally-recognized leader of social mobility.

This unique higher-education model attracts a unique student body. Many undergraduates fall outside the mold of the traditional college student, whether they transfer from another institution, are already working full-time, or are pursuing their degree later in life. Further, the University was officially designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2019 and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the state. Through its dedication to student access, MSU Denver has built itself into an institution that opens doors for all, meeting students where they are and launching them toward where they want to go.

Additionally, MSU Denver plays a vital role in the Colorado economy. In the past decade, Colorado has faced an education crisis, often labeled the “Colorado paradox.” Despite the influx of companies and professionals flocking to Denver and beyond, the local talent pool is undereducated as it relates to current workforce needs. The University stands tall among its competitors in addressing imbalance, as 97% of its 95,000 graduates come from Colorado, and over 80% stay in the state after graduating. Thus, the vast majority of the $134.9 billion generated by MSU Denver alumni throughout their careers has been infused into the local economy, along with the University’s $703.4 annual economic impact.