Policy Number: 1-17
Policy Name: Solicitation and Gift Processing Guidelines
Date: June 1, 1997
Revision Date: August 31, 2003
The purpose of this document is to establish policies for the solicitation and processing of gifts to the University of Delaware. The objective of these policies is to insure that: 1) the integrity of the University's fund-raising operation is maintained, 2) fund-raising messages sent by the University or on its behalf are consistent, and 3) University constituencies are protected from solicitations that are inappropriate, redundant, and/or too numerous.
For purposes of these policies, solicitation is defined as all requests for support directed to any person or organization, including alumni, students, friends, employees, parents, corporations, foundations or associations for the purpose of generating gifts for the University and its affiliated programs. This includes, but is not necessarily restricted to, any solicitations conducted via mail, phone, newsletters, personal visits, or electronic means.
Examples of solicitations typically authorized by the Office of University Development include, but are not limited to the following:
Annual solicitation campaigns, e.g., phonathons, direct mail solicitations, etc.
Solicitations for scholarships, fellowships, professorships, endowed chairs, and memorial funds.
Solicitations for construction, expansion or renovation projects.
Solicitations for the funding of new or existing academic programs.
The Office of University Development must authorize all solicitation on behalf of the University and its affiliated programs, including student organizations.
Interested parties must submit a written request to the Vice President of University Development and Alumni Relations detailing the following information:
If the solicitation request is authorized, University Development's senior leadership will determine the appropriate solicitation strategy, including priority, timing, processing and acknowledgement procedures, and any necessary modifications. The Office of University Development will have final approval of all letters, texts, scripts, and other components related to such solicitation.
Departments, organizations, and individuals are prohibited from using the University of Delaware's name or trademarks to solicit support without written permission of the Office of University Development.
The creation and solicitation of alumni dues by any of the University's colleges, departments, or programs are prohibited.
Any gifts or related items (such as matching gift forms) received directly by a college, department, program, or other unit, must be forwarded directly and immediately, with all accompanying materials, to the Gift Processing Office in the Treasurer's Office.
Exceptions to the policies must be approved by the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations or his or her designee.
Submitted by: Development Office