Marianne Jordan

Director of Grant Services

Pacific Crest Software

Marianne Jordan is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Bowdoin College, where she has worked since 1997. In her position at Bowdoin she directs a staff of 3, who raise between $5 and $7 million a year in grants. At Bowdoin, she has directed special attention toward facilitating a grant seeking culture to support the faculty's teaching and research, and curriculum development projects. A special interest is using evaluation tools to effect institutional change.

Before coming to Bowdoin, she worked as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa, for eight years and before that she worked at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for five. Marianne holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature from the Universities of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Michigan (Ann Arbor). She also taught high school English and social studies while in Michigan.

She lives in Brunswick, Maine with her husband and two children.

Funding Undergraduate Science Facilities: Telling a Powerful Story
In describing the case for your science building, what we call fundraising, is in essence telling a story. Whether you are the grants officer or a major gifts officer, you are trying to persuade others to donate to your building and to get them excited about the possibilities represented by the facility.
Planning from the Administrative/Fundraising Point of View
Planning for a science building takes a long time; do not rush it! Make sure your internal and external constituents are ready for this building. Create buy-in ahead of time with various campus constituents.