THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING is entered into between Washburn Endowment Association, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3 corporation organized and existing under Kansas law, hereinafter “WEA”, and Washburn University, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621, a municipal university under Kansas law, hereinafter “University”, to memorialize the agreement of the parties concerning their ongoing relationship.


IN CONSIDERATION of the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth, the parties agree as follows:




            The parties agree the purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to delineate the respective rights and obligations of the parties and define the relationship between the parties.




            The parties agree this Memorandum of Understanding supersedes any and all previous agreements and amendments thereto between the parties.




            The parties agree the relationship of the parties is between two separate and independent entities.  There is not a joint venture, partnership, employer-employee relationship or, except as provided in Section 7 regarding the management of the University-owned endowed funds, any principal-agent relationship.


A.  University is a municipal university supervised, operated and controlled as provided by the laws of the state of Kansas.


B.  WEA is  a not-for-profit corporation organized and existing under Kansas law having as its purpose: (a)  identifying and soliciting support for the benefit of University, its programs, staff and students; and (b) management of corporate and endowment assets. 


C.    The parties agree each shall be solely responsible for all its operational aspects, including, but not limited to


1.       Budgeting and financial decisions;

2.      Setting priorities and long-term plans for the entity;

3.      Employment, compensation and evaluation of employees;

4.      Management and oversight of all operations




A. Liaison Committee


1.  The parties agree there shall be a liaison committee comprised of:


a.       the President of WEA;

                                    b.   the President of University;

                                    c.   the Chairperson and Chairperson-Elect   of  WEA’s Board of

                                          Directors; and

d.      the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson  of the University’s Board of Regents.


2. The duties of the Liaison Committee shall include, but not be limited to:

a.       an annual review of this Memorandum of Understanding to discuss and/or propose improvements in the relationship or revisions to this Memorandum of Understanding;

b.      monitoring the relationship of the parties;

c.       resolving questions and concerns of the respective entities; and

d.      discussing fundraising priorities and activities of University.


B.  Ex-Officio Appointments


To better ensure close communication between the parties to facilitate activities of WEA for the benefit of University, the parties agree the following ex-officio appointments shall be made as provided for in the WEA bylaws:           


1.         University’s President shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of WEA’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee;


2.         University’s Chairperson of the Board of Regents, or designee of the Chairperson, who shall be a member of the Board of Regents, shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of WEA’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee;


3.         University’s Vice President for Administration and Treasurer shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the WEA Finance and Investment Committees.


4.         WEA’s President shall be an ex-officio member of the University President’s executive cabinet.





            The primary functions of WEA under this Memorandum of Understanding are identifying and soliciting financial support and effectively managing its endowment and other assets designated for the benefit of University, its programs, staff and students.  WEA agrees it shall:


A.        create an environment conducive to increasing levels of private support for the mission and priorities of Washburn University;


B.         be responsible for advising, planning, coordinating and executing comprehensive development activities in support of the University’s mission, its units and departments consistent with University priorities established by  its Board of Regents;


C.        establish, adhere to, and periodically assess its gift-management and acceptance policies;


D.        acknowledge and issue receipts for all gifts for Washburn University, except for membership gifts for KTWU and gifts to the Law School Foundation funds and provide appropriate recognition and stewardship of such gifts;


E.         receive the written approval of a duly authorized University representative before accepting gifts with restrictive terms requiring

·        additional allocation of University resources to maintain the gift or satisfy the restriction,

·        placement on the Washburn University campus,

·        departure from established or required University policies and procedures;


F.         not accept grants from state or federal agencies requiring any act or performance by University or its governing board and/or employees without express written approval of University’s governing board;


G.        not accept or deposit in a WEA fund revenue received from a University activity other than through normal development activities;


H.        establish and enforce policies to protect donor confidentiality and rights;


I.          establish asset-allocation, disbursement, and spending policies that adhere to applicable federal and state laws including the Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA) (K.S.A. 58-24a 01 et seq.) and the Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act (UMIFA) (K.S.A. 58-3601 et seq.); and,


J.          receive, hold, manage, invest and disburse contributions of cash, securities, and other forms of property investing gifts contributed in the form of planned and deferred gift instruments according to established policies.





The parties agree:


A.        WEA is the primary depository of private gifts for the benefit of University, its programs, staff and students and will disburse funds to the designated entity within the University in compliance with applicable laws, university and WEA policies, and gift agreements;


B.         WEA’s disbursements from its assets to the University must be reasonable business expenses which:

·        support the institution;

·        are consistent with donor intent; and, 

·        comply with applicable law;


C.        WEA will make available for distribution computed earnings, as determined according to the approved WEA Investment Policy, from the endowed funds at least annually on or before the first day of March or other date(s) mutually agreed upon by the two parties;


D.        Distributions from restricted expendable or endowment funds must be expended by University in accordance with the terms of the gift agreement creating the endowment.  Appropriate documentation and authorization supporting the restricted spending are required for disbursement and/or transfer of restricted funds;


E.         WEA shall not pay any University employee or employ any University employee in any capacity without prior express written approval and appropriate authorization by University.





A.        The parties agree WEA shall act as an agent of the University only to invest and manage such University- owned endowed funds as are placed with it in conformance with applicable federal and state law, including but not limited to the UMIFAand the UPIA in accordance with WEA Investment Policy.


B.         The parties agree that either party may terminate the management by WEA of all or part of the University-owned endowed funds by providing written notice to the other.  Upon receipt of notice under this section or section 19 of the Memorandum of Understanding, the parties shall create an ad hoc committee which shall, within fifteen (15) days of the notice, develop and prepare a plan for the transfer of the fund(s) identified in the notice.  Such plan shall include, the transfer date, and the procedure for the transfer or payment of the principal balance of such fund(s) realizing capital appreciation/loss attributable to such funds, together with all interest, dividend or other income attributable to such fund(s).


C.        The parties agree termination of WEA management of University-owned endowed funds shall not operate to terminate this Memorandum of Understanding.


D.        WEA shall administer University-owned funds in accordance with policies and procedures for administering WEA funds as provided under this section, section 5 and section 6 of this agreement.  





The parties agree:


A.        WEA has the right to use a reasonable amount of income and realized and unrealized capital gains from restricted and unrestricted endowed funds and all other funds held by WEA, whether endowed or expendable, for WEA programs, operations, and services to benefit the University subject to the provisions of this agreement;


B.         WEA shall maintain copies of the plans, budgets, and donor and alumni records developed in connection with the performance of its obligations;


C.        WEA may designate a portion of its unrestricted funds, endowed and expendable, to a discretionary fund to be used to reimburse University’s President for necessary travel and other expenses incurred for authorized purposes; provided, however, all such expenditures for which reimbursement may be made must comply with the I.R.S. 501(c)(3) code and be consistent with WEA’s mission.   A quarterly report of expenditures from such discretionary fund will be provided to the Executive Committee of the WEA Board of Directors.  The fund will be audited as part of the WEA annual audit and reviewed annually by the Audit Committee.   



University agrees it shall:


A.        Provide WEA the following in-kind services in consideration of WEA


Designated office space of appropriate size and quality;

Building and grounds maintenance and janitorial services;

Support services of the kind and type provided University departments on a cost reimbursement basis including but not limited to, access to the University’s telephone and campus mail system, printing and copying services, parking; and,

Access to University’s libraries and other facilities and programs as are provided to University employees;


B.         Permit WEA the right to use the University’s logo, seal and other symbols and marks in conjunction with University-sanctioned fund-raising and/or development projects; provided, however, WEA shall not have the right or authority to delegate or assign the use of any of such University marks or symbols without the express written approval of University’s President.  WEA will otherwise operate under its own seal, logos, symbols and marks and shall not use University’s seal or other marks in the promotion of WEA business and activities;


C.        Require University’s areas and departments, including but not limited to KTWU and the Law School, to coordinate their gift acknowledgment, deposits and donor recognition with WEA;


D.        Require University’s areas and departments, including but not limited to KTWU and the Mulvane Art Museum, to coordinate fund-raising activities through WEA;


E.         Expend restricted expendable or endowment funds in accordance with the terms of the gift agreement creating the endowment and create appropriate documentation and authorization supporting the restricted expenditures.





A.        Each party agrees it shall have a certified public accounting firm perform a full and complete annual audit of its finances and operations and shall provide the other party a copy of such annual audit not later than six (6) months following the close of the party’s fiscal year.


B.         Each party agrees that representatives of the other may inspect its records and accounts at reasonable times during regular business hours; provided, however, such inspection of WEA records, data and information shall not include the right to inspect records pertaining or relating to individual private donors.


C.        WEA will provide University access to its data and records on a strictly need-to-know basis in accordance with applicable laws, WEA policies, and guidelines.  WEA and University agree that University at no time shall possess, keep, or maintain any WEA record except those records which WEA designates for public release.


D.        WEA will provide University quarterly reports of the investment performance of all pooled funds through the Investment Committee.


E.         Each party shall provide the President of the other party a current list of its respective governing board members, its officers and its administrative employees who report to the respective President.





A.        The parties agree that, except as provided otherwise in

section 10 of this Memorandum of Understanding , WEA records, particularly records pertaining or relating to donors, are private and confidential and shall be maintained by WEA.


B.         Because the Kansas Open Records Act requires public entities to

provide access to any records it makes, possesses, maintains or keeps, University shall not accept any record from WEA which pertains or relates to any donor unless such donor expressly has consented to disclosure of any part of such WEA records.   University shall establish procedures to ensure its officers, agents and employees are aware of this provision .


C.        WEA agrees it shall:


1.      keep confidential any information, data or record it receives from University, including but not limited to University employees and students;

2.      not re-disclose any such information pertaining to students it may be entitled to receive under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. §1232g) to any person or entity except as is permitted under FERPA or which may be obtained as directory information under FERPA ; and,

3.      not disclose to any person or entity any information, data or record it may have pertaining or relating to University employees.




A.        WEA agrees that, when acting as an agent for  University it shall:


1.      not discriminate upon the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, handicap/disability, national origin, sexual orientation or any basis as may be proscribed by federal, state or local law;

2.      shall comply with all non discrimination laws to which University is or  may become subject; and,

3.      comply with University’s Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity Policy statement now in force of which may hereafter be promulgated.


B.         This non discrimination provision  is inapplicable to any action WEA takes at its own initiative rather than at the request of University.


C.        The parties understand and agree that, as a public higher education

institution, University shall not participate in any way, directly or indirectly, any activity which is in violation of federal, state, or local law, including, but not limited to:


1.   the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 USC § 621 et seq., as amended by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, 29 USC § 623(f)(1) et seq.;

2.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC § 2000e et seq., as

amended by the Civil rights Act of 1991, 42 USC §1981 et seq.;

3.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC §1681 et seq

and amendments thereto; and,

4.  the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination, K.S.A. 44-1001 et seq., and amendments thereto.




The parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless the other party, its governing board, officers, agents, employees and students in their official capacities  from and against any and all claims, damage, liability, injury, expense, demands, causes of actions, judgments, including court costs and attorney’s fees  (hereafter “loss”) arising out of or resulting from the gross negligence of its officers, agents or employees.  In the event such loss is proximately caused by the acts of both parties or their officers agents or employees, each shall be responsible for its proportionate share of claimant’s damages under the laws of the state of Kansas.  The parties agree this provision shall survive the termination of this Memorandum of Understanding.




The parties agree that notice to either party of this agreement must be in writing signed by the party giving it and shall be deemed given when mailed postage prepaid by U.S. Postal Service, first class, certified or express mail, or other overnight mail service or hand delivered when addressed as follows:


To University                                        To WEA

President                                              President

Washburn University of Topeka            Washburn Endowment Association

1700 College                                        1700 College

Topeka, KS  66221                             Topeka, KS  66621


or to such other addressee as may be hereafter designated in writing or made by amendment to this Memorandum of Understanding.  All such notices shall be effective only when received by the addressee.




The parties agree the laws of the state of Kansas shall govern this Memorandum of Understanding and that any suit or cause of action by either party against the other shall be filed in the Third Judicial District of the state of Kansas.




The parties agree that this Memorandum of Understanding constitutes the entire agreement of the parties and that no prior agreement or representation, written or oral, shall be binding or of any force or effect.   Further, this Memorandum or Understanding may not be amended, modified, altered or enlarged except by a writing signed by the duly authorized representatives of the parties hereto.




The parties agree that this agreement shall be binding upon the successors and legal representatives of the parties hereto.  Neither party shall assign this Agreement nor any of their respective rights, obligations or interest in it.

18.  TERM


The parties agree the term of this Memorandum of Understanding shall be indefinite.




The parties agree this Memorandum of Understanding may be terminated with or without cause upon sixty (60) day written notice to the other.  Sixty (60) days following notice of termination, this Memorandum of Understanding shall terminate as though such date were originally fixed as the date of termination and WEA shall be required to vacate any University premises it occupies and cease using any University resource or asset to which it is entitled as provided in this Memorandum of Understanding.  Upon receipt of notice of termination, the parties shall form an ad hoc committee in the manner and with the duties provided in section 7.b. of this Agreement. Notwithstanding termination of this Memorandum of Understanding, WEA will continue to be required to abide by the restrictions of any gifts or endowments it possesses and to make distribution of such funds as required by the respective gift instruments and the University is required to identify recipients of WEAscholarship funds consistent with restrictions in the gift instrument consistent with federal and state law.


            IN WITNESS HEREOF, the duly authorized representatives of the parties have hereunto set their hand on the date and year written.


UNIVERSITY                                                 WEA



By:___________________________             By:______________________________

            President                                                          President


Date:__________________________            Date:____________________________




By:___________________________             By:______________________________

            Chairperson, Board of Regents             Chairperson, Board of Trustees


Date:_________________________              Date:____________________________

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