From time to time, the University may make an internal decision to designate certain otherwise unrestricted funds as “Quasi‐Endowment Funds.” A Quasi‐Endowment Fund functions in substantially the same manner as an Endowment Fund except that the terms of a Quasi‐Endowment Fund are established by the University rather than an external donor.
If the original source of a Quasi‐Endowment Fund is a Restricted Gift or other restricted fund, the Quasi‐Endowment Fund must retain the purpose and intent as specified by the donor or source of the original funds and the earnings thereon may be expended only for those purposes. For example, a donor may make a gift for scholarship which is not endowed; however, the University designates the funds to function as a Quasi-Endowment Fund whereby the earnings are expended for such scholarship.
The authority to establish a Quasi-Endowment Fund is limited to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. See Authorization
REASON FOR POLICY
This Policy sets forth the standards for the establishment of a Quasi-Endowment Fund and the procedures for the accounting, reporting, and distribution of such funds.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS POLICY
Any employee who is responsible for the establishment, administration, or use of Quasi-Endowment Funds; the President, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, and Deans, as well as supervisors and Business Managers who supervise an employee with such responsibilities.
In order to support the mission of the University, external donors provide certain gifts to the University, some of which contain no restrictions (i.e., Unrestricted Gifts) and some of which may only be used for a specific department, activity, or purpose (i.e., Temporarily Restricted Gifts). In some cases, external donors establish a fund whereby the donor stipulates, as a condition of the gift, that the principal be maintained for a specified period of time or until an event occurs, or that the principal be maintained in perpetuity, and only the earnings of the fund may be spent by the University (i.e., Permanently Restricted Gifts).
Both unrestricted and temporarily restricted gift funds may be designated as Quasi-Endowment Funds. However, if a Temporarily Restricted Gift or other restricted fund is designated as a Quasi-Endowment Fund, the donor-imposed restrictions or other restrictions applicable to the original funds will apply to the Quasi-Endowment Fund.
Once a fund has been designated as a Quasi-Endowment Fund, it will be invested in the University’s Endowment Investment Pool. Accordingly, only the fund’s earnings may be expended in accordance with the University’s Endowment Fund Investment Policy Statement; the principal may not be expended unless specifically authorized by the Board of Trustees.
||A fund designated by the Board of Trustees to function as an endowment.
||The acronym representing each element of the University’s Charts of Accounts, i.e., Fund, Organization, Account, Program, Activity, and Location.
|Accounting for Endowments
|| Kimberly Kvaal
- Recommends amount and source of funding for Quasi-Endowment Fund.
- Identifies any restrictions applicable to source of funds.
- Obtains written approval of Business Manager or Dean, and the Provost.
Accounting and Business Services
- Ensures that funds designated as Quasi-Endowment Funds are established in accordance with this Policy.
- Ensures that all expenditures are made in accordance with the terms of the Quasi-Endowment Fund.
President and Vice President for Business and Finance
- Approves recommendations to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees with respect to the establishment, alteration, or termination of a Quasi-Endowment Fund.
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