The UniSA Foundation Committee

The Foundation Committee is a sub-committee of the Council of the University of South Australia and is responsible for oversight of University philanthropy policies, and management and administration of funds received.

The University of South Australia values the philanthropic support and relationships of many individuals and organisations who contribute to the education outcomes and life and culture of the institution.  The University is committed to ensuring that these community contributions are appropriately recognised and managed.

Foundation Committee Terms of Reference

Preamble

This document outlines the role and responsibilities of the University of South Australia Foundation Committee. The Foundation Committee is a sub‐committee of the Council of the University of South Australia and is responsible for oversight of University philanthropy policies and the University’s fundraising strategy.

The University values the philanthropic support and relationships of many individuals and organisations who contribute to the education outcomes and life and culture of the institution. The University is committed to ensuring that these relationships are appropriately identified, fostered and managed. For that purpose, Foundation Committee will have a primary focus on identifying and cultivating philanthropic approaches on behalf of the University.

The Committee will include individuals who will be expected to make a major philanthropic donation and instigate approaches to other potential high worth donors to introduce philanthropic opportunity to the institution.

Responsibilities

The role of the Foundation Committee is to assist Council in exercising due care, foresight and skill in approaching potential donors and managing donor relationships. In particular, Foundation Committee will:

Provide oversight of University philanthropy policies and practices.

  • Approve and monitor the University’s fundraising strategy relating to donors.
  • Monitor fundraising performance against benchmarks.
    • Seek out philanthropic opportunities and make philanthropic approaches on behalf of the University.
    • Consider and advise on relevant external and environmental changes impacting on University philanthropy activity.
    • Exercise authority delegated to it, or consider any matters referred to it, by Council.

Membership

The Foundation Committee shall consist of the following members:

  • Three external members of Council
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Strategic Projects
  • Up to six non‐Council members at any one time, recommended to the Governance and Legislation Committee by the Foundation Committee Chair, in consultation with Deputy Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Strategic Projects.

Note 1: Governance and Legislation Committee shall consider nominations and,if in agreement, forward to Council for approval.

Note 2: Non Council appointments shall be for a period of two years, which may be renewed on advice of the Chair to Governance and Legislation Committee.

Note 3: Council will appoint the Chair of the Committee.

The following persons will be in attendance at Foundation Committee meetings:

  • Director: Advancement
  • Executive Officer of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Strategic Projects, or nominee, to record minutes.

Frequency of Meetings

The Foundation Committee will usually meet 4 times per year or at other times determined by the Chair.

Reporting

The Foundation Committee will report to the Council of the University as follows:

  • An annual report including progress against agreed KPIs agreed by Council on the recommendation of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Strategic Projects.
  • At any other time on relevant issues through the Chair.

Delegations

The delegations for the investment and disbursement of funds will be in accordance with the Vice Chancellor’s delegations.

Related Policies and Reference Documents

UniSA Code of Practice: University Philanthropic Activity
UniSA Council Policy C‐3.1: Naming and Naming Rights
University Council Policy A‐17.7: Prizes and Awards
University Council Policy A‐16.3: Scholarships
UniSA Code of Ethical Conduct
UniSA Council Policy: Art Collection Policy C‐25.0
Universities Australia Code of Practice for Australian University Philanthropy

Approved by Council 17 March 2016