CALS Business Services mandates that all gifts be deposited into a Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) account unless there are extenuating circumstances that necessitate the gift being deposited directly into a 233 account at the University. Even if the gift funds are intended for immediate use, the funds must first be deposited in a WFAA account. Seek prior approval from CALS Business Services in order to deposit into a University 233 fund.
- Donors are encouraged to make gifts to the Foundation by visiting the WFAA website and clicking “Give Now.”
- Internal Control Procedures:
- Endorse checks “for deposit only” immediately upon receipt
- Deposit checks within 5 days
- Log receipts and verify that they get deposited into the proper fund
- Store undeposited checks in a locked safe or desk
Using Gift Funds
- Most gift funds will be expended by routing the funds to a 233 account. Once gifts are distributed from a Foundation account and deposited into a 233, those funds are governed by all State of Wisconsin and Board of Regents requirements and restrictions regarding expenditures.
- Negative balances in 233 accounts that are associated with a Foundation account should be cleared annually. If funds are not available to clear a negative balance, contact CALS Business Services.
- Funds can be directly expended from the Foundation account three ways:
- E-Reimbursement – most commonly used for Hosted Meal overages and alcohol.
- Under rare circumstances the Foundation will pay a vendor directly.
- Events held for the sole purpose of fundraising – registration fees collected and some expenses related to the event can be processed directly through the Foundation. It is recommended that the department begins working with the Foundation several months in advance for these events.
Types of UWF Requests
- Gift Deposits – Checks, cash, credit card payments to be deposited into a UW Foundation account
- Checks must be made out to the UW/ UWF /UW Foundation /the Dept and CANNOT be made out to the Board of Regents (BOR)
- Gifts MUST be accompanied by a gift letter or documentation from the donor stating the dollar amount and the term “unrestricted gift” unless it is a scholarship
- Note: Deposits can be coupled with a Check Request Form to be transferred into a 233.
- UWF Check Request – Monies to be withdrawn from a UW Foundation account
- Into a 233 account
- To request payment for an invoice for a non-UW entity
Direct to 233 Deposits
- In order for a deposit to be sent directly to a 233 account, the purpose of the deposit should be to award a scholarship. There are generally two scenarios when this occurs.
- Short Course Scholarships
- WARF Scholarships
- To deposit directly into a 233
Once complete, these forms and the necessary attachments can be sent to CALS Business Services, 205 Ag Hall, where they will be logged into a database, reviewed, approved by the Associate Dean, recorded and sent to the UW Foundation building, 1848 University Ave via interdepartmental mail.
Policies and Procedures
Accounting Services’ Gifts page – includes: UW Gift policy & procedures, Gift in Kind policy & procedures, links to other forms, contact information, etc.
A gift is defined as a donation of money that meets the following criteria:
- The gift must provide funding for activities, such as professorships, scholarships, building projects, fellowships, and other activities in support of the research, instruction and service mission of the University. The donor may restrict the use of funds to a specific program area or purpose.
- No detailed technical or fiscal reports are required as a condition of the gift. The unit or faculty member involved may provide the donor with a brief summary of the results of supported activities and a statement that expenditures were made in accordance with the intent of the gift. If detailed fiscal or technical reports are required, the payment is deemed to be a payment for research or other services performed by the University and must be awarded to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, rather than to the WFAA.
- The gift does not grant the donor with rights to, or impose any restrictions with respect to patents, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights that result from activities supported by the gift.
- The gift contains no restrictive provisions, such as delays or advance notice concerning publication or dissemination of data and information derived from activities supported by the gift.
- The gift is irrevocable by the donor.
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