2009 WISCONSIN ACT 33
An Act to repeal 112.10; to amend 25.15 (3), 43.58 (7) (b), 615.10 (5), 620.25 (2) and 881.01 (2) (a); and to create 112.11 of the statutes; relating to: the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, as approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and investment standards for assets in accounts for gift annuities.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
25.15 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
25.15 (3) Exemption. Section Sections 112.11 and 881.01 does do not apply to investments by the board.
43.58 (7) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) If a gift, bequest, or endowment is made to any public library, the library board may pay or transfer the gift, bequest, or endowment, or its proceeds, to the treasurer of the municipality or county in which the public library is situated; may entrust the gift, bequest, or endowment to a public depository under ch. 34; may pay or transfer the gift, bequest, or endowment to the library board's financial secretary; or may pay or transfer the gift, bequest, or endowment to a charitable organization, described in section 501
(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from federal income tax under section 501
(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, the purpose of which is providing financial or material support to the public library. A payment or transfer of a gift, bequest, or endowment by a library board to a charitable organization described in this paragraph made prior to March 19, 2008, is not invalid as lacking statutory authority to make the payment or transfer. If the library board pays or transfers the gift, bequest, or endowment to the financial secretary, the financial secretary may invest the gift, bequest, or endowment as permitted under s. 66.0603 (1m) or 112.10 (4) 112.11 (3)
; or may delegate investment authority for the gift, bequest, or endowment as permitted under s. 66.0603 (2) or 112.10 112.11
(5). The financial secretary shall hold office only during membership on the library board and shall be elected annually at the same time and in the same manner as the other officers of the library board.
112.10 of the statutes is repealed.
112.11 of the statutes is created to read:
112.11 Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act. (1) Short title. This section may be cited as the "Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act."
(2) Definitions. In this section:
(a) "Charitable purpose" means the relief of poverty, the advancement of education or religion, the promotion of health, the promotion of a governmental purpose, or any other purpose, the achievement of which is beneficial to the community.
(b) "Endowment fund" means an institutional fund or part thereof that, under the terms of a gift instrument, is not wholly expendable by the institution on a current basis. "Endowment fund" does not include assets that an institution designates as an endowment fund for its own use.
(c) "Gift instrument" means a record or records, including an institutional solicitation, under which property is granted to, transferred to, or held by an institution as an institutional fund.
(d) "Institution" means any of the following:
1. A person, other than an individual, organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.
2. A government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, to the extent that it holds funds exclusively for a charitable purpose.
3. A trust that had both charitable and noncharitable interests, after all noncharitable interests have terminated.
(e) "Institutional fund" means a fund held by an institution exclusively for charitable purposes, but does not include any of the following:
1. Program-related assets.
2. A fund in which a beneficiary that is not an institution has an interest, other than an interest that could arise upon violation or failure of the purposes of the fund.
(f) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.
(g) "Program-related asset" means an asset held by an institution primarily to accomplish a charitable purpose of the institution and not primarily for investment.
(h) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
(3) Standard of conduct in managing and investing an institutional fund. (a) Subject to the intent of a donor expressed in a gift instrument, an institution, in managing and investing an institutional fund, shall consider the charitable purposes of the institution and the purposes of the institutional fund.
(b) In addition to complying with the duty of loyalty imposed by law other than this section, each person responsible for managing and investing an institutional fund shall manage and invest the fund in good faith and with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances.
(c) In managing and investing an institutional fund, an institution:
1. May incur only costs that are appropriate and reasonable in relation to the assets, the purposes of the institution, and the skills available to the institution.
2. Shall make a reasonable effort to verify facts relevant to the management and investment of the fund.
(d) An institution may pool 2 or more institutional funds for purposes of management and investment.
(e) Except as otherwise provided by a gift instrument, the following rules apply:
1. In managing and investing an institutional fund, the following factors, if relevant, shall be considered:
a. General economic conditions.
b. The possible effect of inflation or deflation.
c. The expected tax consequences, if any, of investment decisions or strategies.
d. The role that each investment or course of action plays within the overall investment portfolio of the fund.
e. The expected total return from income and the appreciation of investments.
f. Other resources of the institution.
g. The needs of the institution and the fund to make distributions and to preserve capital.
h. An asset's special relationship or special value, if any, to the charitable purposes of the institution.
2. Management and investment decisions about an individual asset shall not be made in isolation but rather in the context of the institutional fund's portfolio of investments as a whole and as a part of an overall investment strategy having risk and return objectives reasonably suited to the fund and to the institution.
3. Except as otherwise provided by law other than this section, an institution may invest in any kind of property or type of investment consistent with this section.
4. An institution shall diversify the investments of an institutional fund unless the institution reasonably determines that, because of special circumstances, the purposes of the fund are better served without diversification.
5. Within a reasonable time after receiving property, an institution shall make and carry out decisions concerning the retention or disposition of the property or to rebalance a portfolio, in order to bring the institutional fund into compliance with the purposes, terms, and distribution requirements of the institution as necessary to meet other circumstances of the institution and the requirements of this section.
6. A person that has special skills or expertise, or is selected in reliance upon the person's representation that the person has special skills or expertise, has a duty to use those skills or that expertise in managing and investing institutional funds.
(4) Appropriation for expenditure or accumulation of endowment fund; rules of construction. (a) Subject to the intent of a donor expressed in the gift instrument, an institution may appropriate for expenditure or accumulate so much of an endowment fund as the institution determines is prudent for the uses, benefits, purposes, and duration for which the endowment fund is established. Unless stated otherwise in the gift instrument, the assets in an endowment fund are donor-restricted assets until appropriated for expenditure by the institution. In making a determination to appropriate or accumulate, the institution shall act in good faith, with the care that an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances, and shall consider, if relevant, the following factors:
1. The duration and preservation of the endowment fund.
2. The purposes of the institution and the endowment fund.
3. General economic conditions.
4. The possible effect of inflation or deflation.
5. The expected total return from income and the appreciation of investments.
6. Other resources of the institution.
7. The investment policy of the institution.
(b) To limit the authority to appropriate for expenditure or accumulate under par. (a), a gift instrument shall specifically state the limitation.
(c) Terms in a gift instrument designating a gift as an endowment, or a direction or authorization in the gift instrument to use only "income," "interest," "dividends," or "rents, issues, or profits," or "to preserve the principal intact," or words of similar import:
1. Create an endowment fund of permanent duration, unless other language in the gift instrument limits the duration or purpose of the fund.
2. Do not otherwise limit the authority to appropriate for expenditure or accumulate under par. (a).