(1) Donations, bequests and fundraising activities form an important role in Western Sydney University's fulfilling its mission and goals. This policy outlines the University's requirements for the effective and ethical acceptance and management of donations and the conduct of fundraising activities.
(2) The University welcomes donations from its graduates, staff, individuals, governments and agencies, the business community and other organisations which support its Mission.
(3) Donations may be used to support any endeavour consistent with the mission and goals of the University including scholarships, prizes, research, staff positions and community outreach, or to acquire equipment or fund capital works. The funds may be expended completely or maintained as an endowment.
(4) This policy applies to all donations, bequests and fundraising activities (be they in cash or kind) and to anyone who is involved in the raising or receipting of funds donated for University purposes.
(5) This policy does not apply to sponsorship. The University may establish a policy on sponsorships in due course. Grants to the University by the Australian Government, state and local governments, are not covered by this Policy.
(6) The following definitions apply for the purpose of this policy:
(7) The principles underpinning this Policy are:
(8) All donations in cash or kind (with the exception of library materials or works of art which are subject to separate policies - see Section 4 Part C below) are made to the University or the UWS Foundation Trust with the intention of supporting the University's mission and goals.
(9) The Office of Advancement and Alumni is the University office responsible for managing the University's relationships with donors and prospective donors.
(10) No member of the University or its associated organisations may make formal approaches for fundraising purposes unless coordinated with, and approved through Office of Advancement and Alumni which must approve all fundraising activities including appeals, events, and private requests.
(11) The University only accepts donations where they are ethical in nature and they are consistent with the mission, goals and policies of the University. The University reserves the right to refuse an offered donation.
(12) The solicitation of donated funds for the University must be for University purposes generally and not for specific individuals or their projects (such as PhD research projects).
(13) Employees must complete a Gift Manageability Assessment and seek advice from the Vice-President, Finance and Resources or the Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni, with regard to the potential impact on the University prior to accepting any in-kind donation.
(14) No person representing the University or the Foundation is to engage in speculation about the taxation implications or legal status of donations with respect to the potential impact on the donor. Donors should seek their own independent advice about these matters (refer Part E).
(15) The UWS Foundation Ltd is a not-for-profit company established to act as Trustee for the University of Western Sydney Foundation Trust and for encouraging donations to the Trust.
(16) The Foundation is a wholly controlled entity of the University.
(17) The Foundation does not employ staff. The University, through the Office of Advancement and Alumni, employs staff responsible for providing administrative support to the Foundation and strategic support to the University and its Schools, Divisions, and other units within the University.
(18) The Foundation has Deductible Gift Recipient status under the Income Tax Assessment Act and is the holder of the NSW Department of Gaming and Racing's 'Authority to Fundraise' on behalf of the University. Only authorised representatives of the Foundation may undertake fundraising activities on behalf of the University. The Whitlam institute is an exception.
(19) The University, through the Foundation, will use a tied donation in the manner in which it was intended. Where this is not possible, the University will contact the donor or their representative and discuss alternative arrangements.
(20) Where the University receives an untied donation (through the UWS Foundation), the UWS Foundation Board in consultation with the University will determine where the donation is to be allocated.
(21) The Whitlam Institute may undertake its own fundraising activities in accordance with the principles set out in this policy.
(22) Solicitation of donations may be undertaken through various approved methods including, but not limited to, direct mail or face-to-face appeals. Approval to solicit donations must be obtained by the Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni.
(23) Staff including the Alumni Services and students wishing to undertake the soliciting of donations or fundraising activities for the University must apply in writing for approval from the Office of Advancement and Alumni. Applications should include who they will be approaching and the methods they intend to use.
(24) The University accepts donations through a variety of means including: cash, cheque, credit cards, direct deposit, money order, shares, property and approved forms of in-kind donations.
(25) The University will process donations in a timely manner, and in accordance with relevant legislation, will issue a receipt upon acceptance of a donation.
(26) The Foundation does not accept the donation of artwork on behalf of the University, as these are given directly to the University. Where in-kind donations include the offer of art works to the University's Art Collection, the University will accept or decline the donation in accordance with the Art Promotion and Collection Policy.
(27) Where in-kind donations include the offer of books or other material to the University Library Collection, the University will accept or decline the donation in accordance with the Library Collection Development and Access Policy.
(28) Where an offer of a donation is not accepted, the Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni, in consultation with the UWS Foundation, will determine the appropriate manner in which to convey to the donor the University's decision.
(29) Certain fundraising activities are not regarded as philanthropic, and do not generate donations. Such activities include the sale of raffle tickets or tickets to attend a fundraising event. However, the donor may require specific acknowledgement of their support. Staff should liaise with the Office of Advancement and Alumni in every instance to ensure consistency in acknowledging donors.
(30) Donors are encouraged to provide written advice to the University with details of their donation, including identifying the amount, purpose, and if appropriate, pledge period of time.
(31) No employees or students engaged in activities resulting in or relating to receipting of donations (eg. fundraising, donor liaison) on behalf of the University will grant or accept favours for personal gain, and will avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest. Refer to the Conflict of Interest Policy.
(32) The Office of Advancement and Alumni will receive, bank and process all donations on behalf of the University and the UWS Foundation. All Schools and other units of the University are responsible for ensuring that all donations received by the University by any means are forwarded immediately to the Foundation through the Office of Advancement and Alumni along with copies of any accompanying documentation such as letters, cards, notes, and agreements.
(33) The Office of Advancement and Alumni is responsible for ensuring that all monetary funds received by the University or Foundation are deposited to the correct Trust Fund. The Office of Advancement and Alumni must ensure that the funds are:
(34) The Office of Advancement and Alumni will maintain a secure fundraising database that will record sufficient information in order to manage the donation with regards to the donor's intent. Each record may contain:
(35) In the case of donations made in-kind the amount of the donation recorded will be that amount stipulated through independent valuation (see Part E below).
(36) Tied donations will be managed separately and in accordance with the donor's intent. Wherever possible the University will use the donation in accordance with the original specified purpose and conditions. Where this is not possible, the University will contact the donor, or their representative, to discuss alternative acceptable purposes.
(37) The University will inform the donor (or their legal representative) of the use to which donations have been disbursed, the amount of the disbursement, and if appropriate, the recipient (in the case of scholarships and prizes for tied donations).
(39) All information pertaining to a donation is confidential and as such is to be protected from inappropriate distribution and/or publication. Distribution and publication of such information will be consistent with the donor's wishes and to the extent provided by law.
(40) Donors may request from the Office of Advancement and Alumni copies of the University's Annual Report, which includes financial statements.
(41) The UWS Foundation Ltd is the holder of the Department of Gaming & Racing's 'Authority to Fundraise' on behalf of the University, and is thus the only authorized fundraising authority for the University. Accordingly all fundraising activities will be conducted through the Foundation via the Office of Advancement and Alumni.
(42) Fundraising activities must be free from unethical practices and consistent with the mission, goals and policies of the University.
(43) Only authorised representatives of the Foundation may conduct fundraising activities. Parties wishing to raise money on behalf of the Foundation must contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni prior to commencing these activities in order to complete an endorsement process in line with the Fundraising Act 1991.
(44) All materials used in advertising an approved fundraising activity must state the intended use for any money raised.
(45) Recognition should be given to donors in fundraising activities consistent with Part F of this policy.
(46) It is the responsibility of the Office of Advancement and Alumni to coordinate and manage the University's structured fundraising programs. This includes, but is not limited to, Alumni Appeals, Workplace Giving, Bequest Development programs, Project Campaigns, Scholarships and Prizes Program.
(47) There are differing taxation provisions and requirements applicable to various types of donations (whether the donation is in cash or kind). These may impact on the donor and/or the University.
(48) Donors are encouraged to seek independent professional advice about the taxation status and any other business or legal implications associated with their donations.
(49) For taxation purposes, an independent valuation of the goods or services is required where a donation is made in-kind. The donor is responsible for arranging and paying costs associated with the valuation of the goods.
(50) The UWS Foundation is the University entity that holds Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) status for the purpose of taxation. All donations that are eligible for tax-deductibility shall be credited to the UWS Foundation Trust. All non-tax deductable contributions and payments, such as the purchase of tickets or auction items, must not be banked into the UWS Foundation Trust but shall be banked through the University.
(51) The University will manage its relationships with its supporters and prospective supporters in a coherent and collaborative fashion.
(52) Donors or prospective donors may have multiple affiliations and interactions with different parts of the University, and the University's management of such relationships should seek to acknowledge this. Institutional collaboration and dialogue are essential for a coherent and coordinated approach to maximising donor support.
(53) A decision to make a philanthropic donation to an area of the University will be dictated by the donor's decisions and interests. The University will therefore adopt a donor-centric approach to requests for philanthropic support, based on an understanding of the donor's interests as well as the institution's needs.
(54) The University will ask for donations (including major bequests) in a planned and co-ordinated way, to maximise potential success and to discourage inappropriate, ill-considered, or multiple approaches to potential donors.
(55) Donations should be sought for the project(s) and area judged most likely to receive a donation from a prospective donor, based on an understanding of the prospective donor's interests.
(56) Once a donation or pledge has been received, effective management of donor relations encourages donor loyalty and provides a compelling case for the donor's continued support.
(57) Donor relations consists of three distinct elements: