The University of Wisconsin Foundation staff and Board of Directors believe strongly that expense management is a top priority in achieving good stewardship. An important part of stewardship for a charitable organization is the ratio of administrative expenses to contributions. The figures below show the Foundation’s administrative expenses compared to contribution revenue for the past five years. Administrative expenses, excluding investment expenses, are compared to contributions to reflect the cost of raising a dollar. Total administrative expenses include investment expenses incurred by the Foundation’s investment activity. These expenses are paid directly from the individual investment funds. Over the last five years, the Foundation’s average cost of raising a dollar has been 10.7 percent, well below the national average.

University of Wisconsin Foundation Administrative Expenses

as a percent of contributions

Administrative Expenses (excluding investment expenses)
Total Contributions
Administrative Expenses
(excluding investment expenses) as a % of Contributions
2014 $35,037,282 $380,492,270 9.2%
2013 25,316,044 266,855,030 9.5%
2012 25,542,171 211,288,562 12.1%
2011 24,329,445 197,541,841 12.3%
2010 21,036,415 165,667,842 12.7%
5-year totals $131,261,357 $1,221,845,545 10.7%