The grant application guidelines ask that I attach an annual budget, or list of board members, mission statement, and other general informational pieces. Should these materials pertain to my project, my department, my college, or the university?
As the central fundraising agency for the University of Hawaiʻi System, the Foundation conducts campaigns for university priorities and provides central services to raise funds, manage assets and investments, and administer gift accounts for the university. Additionally, the Office of Alumni Relations at the UH Foundation serves as the primary contact between the 10 campuses of the UH system and its more than 250,000 alumni.
The Foundation is a fundraising rather than a fund granting institution. UH faculty or staff looking for project funding should consult the chair or dean and UHF development officer of their unit. The Foundation may be able to assist in securing project funding.
The Foundation's fundraising staff works to raise money for the University of Hawaiʻi System. They work hard to find major donors interested in supporting the schools' projects, and they develop appropriate solicitations for modest, annual gifts from alumni and friends.
The priority in fundraising is given to projects identified by deans and chancellors. To find out where your funding needs fall on the priority list, visit with your dean or department chair.
The Foundation staff can consult with you to help you assess and meet both your long term and short-term funding needs.
First, discuss your needs with the appropriate department chair or dean. This person will work with you to clear the request through the university's normal administrative channels. The Foundation's development officer responsible for fundraising in your area also will be glad to advise you. The final decision about what projects to pursue is made by the Foundation, according to university priorities.
There is not an official "list" of foundations that are off limits. There is, however, a process run by UHF whereby foundations and individuals are 'cleared' to specific colleges or units for a period of time so that fundraisers, or their designees, may work exclusively with the prospective donor. This process helps ensure UHF's approaches to foundation and individuals are coordinated and managed in a way that is responsive to both the donor's interests and the institution's priorities. This process is not meant to prohibit faculty activity but rather to provide a means for facilitating campus communication about fundraising activities.
If you're interested in approaching a foundation for support, please contact Foundation Relations or the fundraiser representing your college to determine the current status.
There are some instances where a foundation limits the number of proposals UHF may submit during a given time. In these cases, UHF will consult with academic leadership to determine which one(s) will go forward on behalf of the institution.
Since the gift is being made to the UHF on behalf on the university, the required documentation typically pertains to UHF. In some cases we are required to send information about the university (and not UHF) and in others we submit both. Please contact the UHF's Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations for assistance in this matter.
Often a maximum page length is specified in the application guidelines. If no page length is mentioned, follow the rule that shorter is better.
Private foundations will usually supply guidelines regarding required attachments and supplemental materials. As a general rule, only include items directly relevant to the project and do not relegate key pieces of information to the attachments.
Avoid sending the same generic proposal to a number of foundations. Tailor your proposal carefully to the foundation's particular interests.
However, it's unlikely that a single foundation will be the sole funder of a project, so having a funding plan that considers more than one funder is beneficial to a fundraising strategy. A plan that includes multiple supporters will add credibility and stability to your project.
When the funds are received, a designated account will be opened from which you may make expenditures as outlined in your proposed budget. Most project expenses may be paid directly from Foundation accounts. For payment of some expenses, such as salary, the funds may need to be transferred to an ORS account. Foundation staff will work with your department's financial officer to make the necessary arrangements.
Gift: An irrevocable charitable contribution to the Foundation for the benefit of the University of Hawaiʻi system, which is intended as a donation, bestowed voluntarily and without expectation of tangible compensation and for which no contractual requirements are imposed. Gifts usually take the form of cash, checks, securities, real property, or personal property and may be current or deferred.
Grant: Revenues received from individuals, industry, foundations, and other sources, for the support of University programs and projects. Grants normally fall into two categories:
Contract: Restricted payments received by the University from various contractors, made in accordance with the terms of contracts entered into by the University to conduct specific programs. Payments made pursuant to contracts are not gifts.
When searching for foundation support, please also be aware that a typical foundation cycle can take from 6-12 months from developing the proposal, submitting it, and having it reviewed, to receiving the award.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact your academic unit's development officer or CFR staff member if your proposal is for a gift or a grant. You may contact CFR office by phone or email.