Charitable Donations

University resources are to be used to further the university’s mission which includes outreach and engagement.   Accordingly expenditures made from all University accounts must be for official University business.  Article III, Section 31 of the Iowa constitution has been interpreted as strictly forbidding the donation of university resources to any person or entity.  Donations of University funds to charitable organizations are prohibited.  However, advertising and marketing expenses are allowed, as well as event sponsorships where University participates in the event or its contribution is otherwise publicly recognized or acknowledged.  (Note, any agreement or contracts relating to sponsorship needs to be signed by a person who has signature authority under University policy, such as the Director of Purchasing or University Business Manager.)