Advancement and Fundraising Committee

Terms of Reference

Preamble

This document outlines the role and responsibilities of the University of South Australia Advancement and Fundraising Committee. The Advancement and Fundraising 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, Advancement and Fundraising Committee will have a strategic 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 Advancement and Fundraising Committee is to assist Council in exercising due care, foresight and skill in taking a strategic approach to identify potential major donors, managing donor relationships and approving donor campaigns and fundraising strategies. In particular, Advancement and Fundraising 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:

  • Vice Chancellor and President (Chair)
  • Three external members of Council.
  • Up to six non-Council members at any one time, recommended to the Governance and Nominations Committee by the Advancement and Fundraising Committee Chair.

Note 1:   Governance and  Nominations 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 Nominations Committee.

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

  • Director of Advancement
  • Director: Office of the Vice Chancellor and Strategic Programs
  • EA to the Vice Chancellor, to record minutes

Frequency of Meetings

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

Reporting

The Advancement and Fundraising 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 Chair.
  • 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-50 Coursework Scholarship and Prizes
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