Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.35
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date April 22, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PA-15: Investment Disclosure

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Complete 0.54 / 1.00 Wesley Enterline
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UW SYSTEM TRUST FUNDS: https://www.wisconsin.edu/trust-funds/investments-and-reports/

The University of Wisconsin System Trust Funds is composed mostly of gifts, grants, and bequests from individuals and corporations. Although active fundraising is primarily the purview of individual campus foundations, the University also benefits from the generosity of alumni and friends who have gifted directly to one of the UW institutions rather than through an affiliated foundation.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, UW System Trust Funds received $10.0
million in gifts, up from the $9.2 million received in the prior year. UW-Whitewater's share was $371,136 of the total.

Disbursements from Trust Funds to benefiting UW institutions totaled $18.9 million, compared to $17.0 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Consistent with donor designations, disbursements have predominately gone toward research, student aid, extension and public service,and instruction.

The total balance of gifts, disbursements, and balances by the end of Fiscal Year 2014 was $488,784,420. Of this total, UW-Whitewater's share was $1,007,213, or 0.2% of the total.


The UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc. holds the majority of the endowed assets in support of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Board of Directors of the Foundation is responsible for all endowment investment and distribution policies and ensuring that these policies comply with state laws. The Investment Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for making all investment decisions in accordance with these policies.

The Foundation's primary investment objective is long-term appreciation with a level of risk consistent with the preservation of principal. As of June 30, 2007, the Foundation has almost $17 million under investment with a series of common fund providers. The Investment Committee meets quarterly to review each provider's performance against appropriate benchmarks, and if necessary, to select new providers.

Each year, the Board of Directors authorizes an allocation from its investment pool to each endowed fund for spending purposes and an amount to cover the Foundation's costs of managing the endowment. Depending on investment returns, the Board also may make special allocations to each endowed fund to increase its value over time.

Largest Equity Holdings (represents 50.7% of the $17 million total endowment)

American - Growth Fund of America (15.1% of portfolio): https://www.americanfunds.com/individual/investments/fund/agthx
American - Fundamental Investors Fund (12.3%): https://www.americanfunds.com/individual/investments/fund/ancfx
Vanguard - 500 Index Fund (12.0%): https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0540&FundIntExt=INT
Buffalo - Small Cap Fund (5.8%): http://www.buffalofunds.com/funds/small_cap/performance.html
Oakmark - The International Fund (5.5%): http://www.oakmark.com/Our-Funds/Overview/International.htm

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