University of Minnesota  Procedure

Capital Equipment Disposals: Donating


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Please use the contact section in the governing policy.

Donating Unused or Unserviceable Capital Equipment Assets

Departments can donate capital equipment assets to non-profit or government-recognized charitable organizations. Donated capital equipment assets must be fully depreciated before they can be donated and the University must have title to the asset. Accounting Services can verify the University has title to the equipment. Contact Accounting Services at [email protected] for assistance in determining ownership.

Capital equipment assets purchased with sponsored funds:

  • Federally sponsored funds: Not allowed
  • Non-federally sponsored funds: Follow steps below.

Departments must:

  1. Determine the net book value (NBV) by using the existing asset management reports in UMReports or by a query in the PeopleSoft Asset Management module.
    • For assistance in determining the NBV or ownership, please contact Accounting Services at [email protected].
  2. Complete form UM 1393: Capital Equipment Asset Disposal (PDF) from the Forms Library.
  3. The recipient should be:
    • A non-profit or government-recognized charitable organization, e.g. schools or churches are examples of charitable organizations. 
    • Cannot be an individual
  4. Forward the form to Accounting Services at [email protected]
    • Dean, department head, or administrator's signature is required on this form. Approval authorization can be delegated based on the President's Delegations of Authority Program: FN02 - External sales of good and services.
  5. Accounting Services will review the donation to ensure it is fully depreciated, the University has title to the asset, and the donation is to a charitable organization.
  6. If Accounting Services authorizes the donation, an approved copy will be sent back to the submitting department.
    • The donation cannot occur if it has not been approved by Accounting Services.
  7. When the approved copy is received by the department, the property may be given to the recipient.
    • The UM asset tag should be removed before the item leaves the University premises.
  8. The recipient must sign a receipt for the property. The receipt must be retained by the department, along with the approved UM 1393: Capital Equipment Asset Disposal form.
  9. Accounting Services will make the appropriate adjustments in the PeopleSoft Asset Management module.