In response to correspondence from both UGA and the University System of Georgia, the University of Georgia Foundation announced June 24 that its executive committee had met to consider the possibility of foundation funds being used to pay for domestic partner benefits.
The question was raised about using private funding from the foundation to assume full responsibility for funding, insuring, accounting for and administering a health care program for domestic partner benefits.
This was brought to the foundation since state funds cannot be expended for health care benefits for persons not recognized as dependents by current state law and policy. The foundation is totally supported by state employees whose benefits are administered by UGA.
At the conclusion of the foundation’s annual meeting on June 21, Chairman Bill Young Jr. announced that the executive committee had carefully evaluated the possibility of foundation funds being used for domestic partner benefits and agreed by unanimous vote, with one abstention, that such use was not consistent with, and is outside the purview of, the foundation’s mission.