Gift Acceptance Policy

The Foundation accepts a variety of gifts that are offered to the Foundation by a living or deceased individual Donor, corporation, and other entities, including public and private foundations. The Foundation must be reasonably satisfied that the Donor has the legal authority to make the gift; that appropriate instruments of conveyance of title have been delivered and properly executed; and the source of the funds does not violate public or institutional policy.

No gift may be received that is subject to any conditions or pre‑arrange­ments unless full disclosure has been made in accordance with procedures set forth in this policy. All such gifts shall be subject to the specific requirements that pertain to the type of asset that is the subject of the gift.


Executive Order No.: 676

Title: Delegation of Gift Evaluation and Acceptance to Campuses

Effective Date: February 1, 1998

Supersedes: No Prior Executive Order

This Executive Order is issued pursuant to authority granted by Education Code Sections 89035 and 89720, and the Standing orders of the Board of Trustees, Chapter III, Sections 2 and 4-b and e.

To facilitate and encourage fund raising activities and to give campuses more autonomy in fund raising efforts, the following delegations are approved effective immediately:

  • Authority is delegated to campus presidents to evaluate and accept gifts, bequests, and donations of personal property to campuses. Campus presidents may further delegate this authority in whole or in part to campus officers and employees. Henceforth, campuses will evaluate potential campus gifts, bequests, and donations and accept and receipt campus gifts, bequests, and donations in accordance with the requirements of the California Education Code (see below).
  • Authority is delegated to campus presidents to accept gifts of interests in real property to campuses on behalf of the Board of Trustees when acceptance has been authorized by a resolution of the Board of Trustees or is part of an approved campus master plan (Standing Orders, Chapter III, Section 7-b). Campus presidents may further delegate this authority to campus officers and employees.

In acting pursuant to this delegation, due diligence must be performed to ensure that all gifts accepted by the campus will aid in carrying out the primary functions of the campus and the California State University as specified in Education Code Sections 89720 and 66010.4(b), copies of which are attached to this Executive Order. Further, all gifts, bequests, devises, and donations which are accepted must be used in accordance with restrictions specified by the Donor. In the performance of these activities, campuses shall adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. All advancement programs and activities shall adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice set forth by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Association of College and University Business Officers

(NACUBO), and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE).

In reporting fund raising results (required by Education Code Section 89720), campuses shall use accurate and consistent accounting methods that conform to the appropriate guidelines set forth by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). Campuses shall submit the CAE report to the Division of University Advancement, Office of the Chancellor, for presentation to the Board of Trustees at its January meeting. This report shall also be sent by the Division of University Advancement to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the California Department of Finance.

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