Andrew A. “Sandy” Wilcox, president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, is one of two widely respected professionals who have made valuable contributions to the educational foundation field who are this year’s recipients of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation awards.
Institutionally related foundations are private, nonprofit corporations that cultivate and manage private resources to support the missions of the colleges, universities and university systems with which they are affiliated. Wilcox was chosen for the honor along with Thomas J. Mitchell, president of the University of California-Irvine Foundation.
Wilcox has been president of the UW Foundation since 1988. Under his leadership, the UW Foundation has experienced steady growth. Assets have grown from $190 million to more than $2.7 billion, and the foundation consistently ranks in the top 10 of all higher education fund development entities.
In addition, Wilcox was instrumental in the development of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, which provides guidance and authority to charitable organizations concerning the management and investment of funds held by those organizations. UPMIFA has been enacted in 43 states and the District of Columbia.