Corporate and Foundation Partners

Acknowledging Our Corporate and Foundation Partners

The following companies and foundations are some of the many nonprofit organizations whose generous financial support and intellectual input have contributed to Rider University’s success.

American Press Institute

In 2014, the Democracy Fund provided generous support to the American Press Institute to support accuracy in journalism.  Rider's Professor Michelle Amazeen, Assistant Professor of Advertising in the College of Business Administration is among the first to receive an award as the principal investigator on a multi-university study, "The Effectiveness of Ratings vs. Contextual Correction Formats in Fact-Checking."  Preliminary results of the team's work are being presented at the London School of Economics.

Autism Speaks

In 2014, Rider faculty were pleased to seek support from Autism Speaks to underwrite Rider University's In the Know, a social skills-building group for Rider students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has demonstrated its commitment to Rider’s preparation of STEM teachers and other science-related projects since 1976, and was instrumental in assisting the University to create its Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Teaching and Learning which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2012.  

The Center is among many innovative initiatives made possible with generous support from Bristol-Myers Squibb.  In 2013, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided support for "Hands-On Science Training for Students: Rider University's STEM Teaching Academy and Project SEED." In 2014, the Company supported a Block Grant to fund professional development to prepare K-12 administrators and teachers for anticipated implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

For further information on Rider’s Project SEED visit,

For further information on the STEM Teacher Academy visit,

The Carnegie Corporation of New York and 100Kin10

Rider University received a three-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the innovative Full-Immersion Residency for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers (FIRST) project.  FIRST seeks to address the shortage of highly competent STEM teachers by strengthening the preparation of new STEM teachers and providing on-site support for current teachers in a high-need, urban rim setting.  More about FIRST may be found at

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation 

For more than 30 years, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has provided scholarship support to nontraditional, mature, female students at Rider University.  These scholarships are intended to reduce students’ dependence on loans and recognize the challenges faced by mature women who seek higher education while juggling family and work commitments.  

In addition, the Foundation has generously supported the Westminster Choir College’s Marion Buckelew Cullen Center, in honor of Dr. Aaron E. Gast, a former long-time trustee of the Foundation and a member of the Westminster Building Campaign Committee.  The new Cullen Center began construction in Summer 2013.  Further information on the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation may be found at  

In 2013, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation graciously agreed to match any funds Rider University raises toward endowed scholarships for mature, female students.  All contributions – up to a total of $25,000 – will be doubled thanks to the generosity of the Newcombe Foundation. 

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For further information on how to make a contribution to the Rider Achievement-Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship Fund, please visit  

Covance Inc.

Rider University has proudly hosted the annual Mercer County Science and Engineering Fair since 1987.  The Covance Charitable Foundation has graciously supported this event since 2008.  In 2012, the Fair included the designation of two Rider students as “Covance STEM Scholars,” who were recognized for their high achievement and commitment to STEM education.

Further information on the Science Fair may be found at

Glenmede Investment and Wealth Management

Westminster Choir College was delighted to partner with Glenmede Investment and Wealth Management of Princeton to host its 2014 Homecoming Concert: A Spoleto Festival USA Preview at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus.

Grand Bank, N.A.

In 2013-14, Grand Bank awarded a generous grant to support Rider's new Veteran Entrepreneurial Program that provides veterans and members of the military with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business planning and development via an eight-week workshop. Read more

Independent College Fund of New Jersey 

Rider University continues to benefit from generous corporate and foundation support given through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.  Begun in 1953, the Fund makes a single, united annual request to corporations and foundations on behalf of the 14 member colleges.  For almost 60 years, the Fund has continued to secure corporate financial support for the State’s independent colleges and to promote a greater understanding of the importance of maintaining the opportunity for choice between public and private education.

The Independent College Fund of New Jersey represents all of the State’s fully accredited, privately controlled colleges and universities, except those that are engaged primarily in religious studies.

To review a list of donors that contributed to the Fund in calendar year 2013, please visit   Most gifts are allocated by formula although a number are designated to specific institutions.  Support in 2013 for independent higher education in New Jersey through the Fund totaled $1,144,821.17.

In 2014, Rider University was delighted to be selected by the Independent College Fund of New Jersey and Santander Universities for a grant to support an expansion of Rider's Student Global Village.  Read more.

Student Global Village Photo Shoot with Rider, Santander Bank and ICFNJ (Tuesday, March 4)
Shown from left, rear:
DonnaJean Fredeen, Provost,  Rider University
Paulina Goldman, ’96, Adjunct Professor, Rider University
Jonathan Meer, Vice President for University Advancement, Rider University
Roberta “Robin” Fiske-Rusciano, Director, Student Global Village, Rider University
Mary Alice W. Breuninger, Development Officer, ICFNJ
Julie Vetack, Relationship Manager, Santander at Work
Gerald “Gerry” Bellotti, Vice-President, ICFNJ
Frank Rusciano, Professor, Political Science, Rider University
Cynthia Read-Pocock, Santander Universities Division
Pat Mosto, Dean, Liberal Arts, Education and Science, Rider University
Denise Pinney, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Rider University
Jonathan H. Millen, Assoc. Dean, Liberal Arts, Education and Science, Rider University 
From left, front:
Mary McGowan, District Manager, Santander Bank
Lolade Durotoye, Relationship Manager, Santander Work Group
Haley Johnston  ’16, Rider University
Alan Williams ’15, Rider University
Rachel Safer ’16, Rider University
Josephine Boyle ’15, Rider University
Phedra Van Kirk, Vice President and Regional Manager, Santander University
Charlie Mangano, Senior Vice-President, Santander Bank

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  

Over a span of more than 20 years, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has supported a variety of projects at Rider University, assisting the University to improve its STEM education programs and engage in new and innovative endeavors.  In 2012, Rider University was delighted to receive contributions in support of its Urban STEM Academy and Organic Victory Garden.  In addition, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has provided student scholarships since 2006.  

Read more about Rider's garden.

Ready more about the Urban STEM Academy. 

The Jonas Fund

The Jonas Fund was established in 2003 to honor the memory of Jonas Penn, a dearly loved young man who tragically lost his life.  His parents and close friends formed a non-profit organization to continue the work Jonas had begun as an advocacy leader for young people with mental health challenges.  Jonas attended Rider University, and The Jonas Fund generously provided support to Rider’s office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Jonas’ memory and as a critically important resource for current and future students.  A ceremony was held in October 2012 at the dedication of The Jonas Richter Penn Technology and Proctoring Room and The Jonas Richter Penn Study Room.  

For further information on the office of Services for Students with Disabilities, visit

The Martinson Family Foundation

Rider University has benefitted significantly from contributions awarded by the Martinson Family Foundation.  In particular, generous support from the Foundation has provided resources for in-service education of teachers from 14 surrounding school districts for Rider’s Connect-ED.  Connect-ED seeks to promote the sharing and cultivation of new and innovative STEM instructional methods.

In 2013 the Martinson Family Foundation generously supported Rider’s new Online STEM Core Curriculum Certificate and Professional Development Initiative.  Read more.

For further information on Connect-ED, visit  

PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation has generously funded Westminster Conservatory's Daycare Music Instruction Program since 2009.  The PNC Foundation Daycare Music Instruction Program provides music instruction and education to two Central New Jersey daycare centers, ensuring that underserved children, ages 2½ to 5 years, benefit from music engagement experiences.  Early Childhood Music Instructors from Westminster partner with daycare classroom teachers to emphasize a socio-musical approach in the classroom in order to strengthen children’s engagement, attention span, socialization skills and socio-emotional status.  Overall, the Program provides children with school readiness by expanding and enhancing their early childhood education.  The Program Director is Jennifer Garr.

Read more about the PNC Foundation Daycare Music Instruction Program

Presser Foundation 

Since as early as 1953, Rider University’s Westminster Choir College has been the recipient of generous support by The Presser Foundation.  The Presser Foundation operates under the will and “Deeds of Trust” created by its founder, Theodore Presser, and is one of the few foundations in the United States dedicated solely to the support of music and music education. 

Further information on the Foundation may be found at

Springer Publishing Company

In 2013-14, Springer Publishing Company sponsored Rider University's first Springer Sustainability Studies Competition which offers annual awards to the student who prepares the best paper after completing a sustainability internship.

View further information on Rider sustainability internships.

TD Charitable Foundation

Rider is pleased to partner with the New Jersey School Boards Association and the TD Charitable Foundation to host an Environmental Sustainability Symposium for High School Students on April 30, 2015.  Students, their science teachers, education leaders, and Board members will gather on the Rider campus to learn about climate change; innovative business models; and ways they can integrate sustainability into their future professions. More information