UWF Fundraising Policies
The UWF Foundation, Inc. was organized and incorporated in 1965 for the purpose of stimulating voluntary private support from alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and others for the benefit of the University of West Florida. The UWF Foundation exists to encourage, manage and administer private resources to support the mission and priorities of the University of West Florida, as established by the Board of Trustees and the President of the University of West Florida.
Per the Fundraising and Solicitation Policy DV-02.02-04/14, all fundraising activities are coordinated through the Division of Advancement to ensure maximum support aligned with the university’s mission and with donor engagement goals. Please follow procedures outlined below accordingly.
- For external groups raising money: More than half of UWF employees give generously to the UWF Foundation every year to provide for scholarships, enhance academic programs and to support UWF projects and initiatives that are important to them. In order to ensure that the campus community is not inundated with solicitations from other groups, external organizations desiring to solicit UWF employees or students must complete and submit for approval the Fundraising Application.
- For UWF employees raising money: If any UWF employees would like to raise money, they are required to coordinate their efforts through the Division of Advancement by submitting a Fundraising Proposal Form at least three weeks prior to any related activities. This allows the university to maximize its resources and avoid over-soliciting any one group or individual.
- For UWF students and student groups raising money: Students are required to submit a Fundraising Request Form at least three weeks prior to any fundraising activities. The form can be found in ArgoPulse or by contacting the University Commons & Student Involvement Office.
- All groups, both internal and external, are asked to abide by the Fundraising and Solicitation Policy.
Bill of Donor Rights
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.