About Us

The OIP team supports internal partners such as Georgetown faculty and staff who seek funding from institutional partners, such as corporations and foundations. OIP works across the Main, Medical, and Law campuses, including the School of Continuing Studies. OIP provides support before and after a grant, gift, or other opportunity is awarded. Our ultimate aim is to help Georgetown compete for funding, not merely apply for it.

You can download the OIP one-page information sheet as a quick reference about our team and our work.

If you need help with a specific task, like completing a grant application or developing a fundraising strategy, please fill out our contact form.

What we do

The OIP team operates in four functional areas:

#1 External Engagement

  • Serve as a key voice for Georgetown in the corporate and foundation relations sector
  • Build relationships with institutional donors (foundations, corporations, associations, and charitable organizations

#2 Outreach and Strategy Development

  • Identify and disseminate funding opportunities, including limited submission opportunities (LSO)
  • Collaborate with Georgetown colleagues to identify priorities and develop strategies for approaching institutional donors
  • Lead trainings on gift/grant-seeking and letter of inquiry (LOI) development. Learn more at our Trainings page.

#3 Proposal and Partnership Development

  • Guide faculty, leadership, and staff through LOI and proposal development processes
  • Review and revise proposals to maximize appeal for institutional donors
  • Provide attachments and supporting documentation for gift, grant, or sponsorship applications
  • Assist with LOI and proposal submission
  • Facilitate the review of terms, negotiation, and final approval of agreements for gifts, grants, and sponsorships from
    institutional donors

#4 Stewardship

  • Foster relationships with existing institutional donors through stewardship activities
  • Advise campus partners on stewardship and reporting requirements for philanthropic gifts, grants, and sponsorships
  • Facilitate follow-up and extended conversations with institutional donors (e.g. grant extensions and renewals)

Who we are

Collectively, the OIP team has more than 50 years of fundraising experience at leading universities and major nonprofits.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to work with our team! We’re always happy to help Hoyas seeking institutional funding or external partners who want to team up with Georgetown.


Becky Pfordresher

Becky Pfordresher

Senior Director, Institutional Partnerships and Strategy Development

Jie Pan

Associate Director

Mia Hernandez

Senior Development Associate

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact:

Phone: 202-687-5504
Fax: 202-687-4722