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Gifts vs. Sponsored Program

The Grants Management Guide

  Gift Sponsored Program
Intent of resource provider or University

Resource provider (donor) and University benefits in exchange for resources transferred.

An unconditional transfer is a voluntary nonreciprocal transfer.

Donor affirms that it is making a donation to support the University's programs and intends to take a charitable deduction.

Reciprocal transfer in which each party receives and sacrifices something of approximate equal value.

Resource provider (sponsor) affirms that it is providing resources in exchange for specified benefits or services.

Scope of work

Funded activities relate to the University's general mission encompassing research, education, and public service. Amount of funding is not closely linked to a specific scope of work.

Results of work have no commercial value to the donor.

Scope of work is directed toward a specific line of scholarly or scientific inquiry, specific training or education program, or specific public service program. Amount of funding is based upon a scope of work and may obligate the University to certain milestones and deliverables.

Primary and secondary benefits

Public benefits derived from activity are primary; benefits to resource provider are secondary.

Public benefits derived from activity are primary; benefits to resource provider are secondary.

Pricing

The resource provider (donor) determines the amount of the payment.

The resource provider's (sponsor's) payment equals the value of the specified benefits or services. The total payment is based on the cost of services to be provided.

Form of Agreement

Letter or gift agreement.

Grant award notice, contract, or cooperative agreement supplied by sponsor. Document may include the following terminology: cost sharing, budget line item, intellectual property, overhead negotiations, period of performance, or publication rights.

Terms and conditions of performance agreement

The agreement may require programmatic and financial reports. The agreement will not generally require a specific level of personnel effort or impose budget category restrictions; the agreement will not generally restrict supported activity to a specific period of time.

The time or place of activities undertaken are at the discretion of the University.

The University is not penalized for nonperformance.

The agreement may require programmatic and financial reports. It may require a specific commitment regarding the level of personnel effort, specific restrictions on certain types of expenditures, or prior approval for re-budgeting. The agreement may restrict supported activity to a specific period of time.

The time or place of delivery of resources provided to a third party recipient is at the discretion of the resource provider (sponsor).

Agreement is binding. The University may incur penalties for nonperformance or failure to meet the terms of the agreement.