Chapter 5813: INSTITUTIONAL TRUST FUNDS ACT

5813.01 Institutional trust funds act definitions.

As used in sections 5813.01 to 5813.07 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Institution" means an incorporated or unincorporated organization that is organized and operated exclusively for educational, religious, charitable, or other eleemosynary purposes or a governmental organization to the extent that it holds funds exclusively for any of those purposes.

(B) "Governing board" means the body responsible for the management of an institution.

(C) "Institutional trust fund" means a trust fund, or a part of a trust fund, that is held by a trustee for the exclusive use, benefit, or purposes of one or more institutions and that is not wholly distributable to the institution or institutions on a current basis under the terms of the applicable trust instrument. "Institutional trust fund" does not include a fund in which a beneficiary that is not an institution has an interest other than a right that may arise upon a violation of a covenant under the terms of the applicable trust instrument or upon a violation of or the failure of the purposes of the fund.

(D) "Applicable fund value" means for any particular fiscal year the sum of the month-end values of the net assets of an institutional trust fund for the prior fiscal year for those months in which the institutional trust fund has been in existence during such prior fiscal year divided by the number of those months. The month-end values shall be determined by the trustee in accordance with the trustee's records, and any such determination made by a trustee in good faith is conclusive.

(E) "Trust instrument" means a testamentary or inter vivos trust under which the trustee of the trust holds an institutional trust fund.

(F) "Trustee" means an individual, corporation, institution, or organization, including, but not limited to, a bank, trust company, or other financial institution, serving as a trustee or as sole trustee under a trust instrument. "Trustee" includes an original trustee and any successor or added trustee.

Cite as R.C. § 5813.01

Effective Date: 01-01-2007

5813.02 Maximum annual distribution from institutional trust fund.

(A) Subject to division (D) of this section and section 5813.03 of the Revised Code, during any fiscal year in which income may be or is required to be distributed to an institution from an institutional trust fund, income means the greater of the following:

(1) The income from the assets of the institutional trust fund for the fiscal year as determined in accordance with the applicable trust instrument and applicable law without regard to sections 5813.01 to 5813.07 of the Revised Code;

(2) The amount requested by the institution's governing board for the fiscal year pursuant to division (B) of this section.

(B) An institution's governing board may request that an amount be distributed to the institution for the fiscal year, and that amount shall not exceed the sum of both of the following:

(1) Five per cent of the applicable fund value for the institutional trust fund for the fiscal year;

(2) If, in any prior fiscal year that is after September 15, 1999, the governing board requested less than five per cent of the applicable fund value for that prior fiscal year and if the amount the institution actually received from the institutional trust fund pursuant to division (A) of this section was less than five per cent for that prior fiscal year, the aggregate difference between five per cent of the applicable fund value with respect to each such prior fiscal year and the amount the institution actually received pursuant to division (A) of this section for each prior fiscal year.

(C) If, under a trust instrument, more than one institution is a beneficiary of an institutional trust fund, the trustee shall take such actions that the trustee determines appropriate or necessary to allow for the distributions of income as contemplated by division (A) of this section, which actions may include dividing the institutional trust fund into separate shares according to the interest that each institution has in the total institutional trust fund held under the trust instrument.

(D) This section does not limit the authority or obligation of a trustee to distribute, or the authority of a governing board to request, funds as permitted or required under the terms of the applicable trust instrument.

Cite as R.C. § 5813.02

Effective Date: 01-01-2007

5813.03 Settlor's intention that income be otherwise determined.

(A) Division (A) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code does not apply if the applicable trust instrument expressly indicates the settlor's intention that income is to be otherwise than as defined in division (A) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code.

(B) A restriction upon the definition of income in division (A) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code may not be inferred from a designation of an institutional trust fund as an endowment; a direction or authorization in the applicable trust instrument to use only "income," "interest," "dividends," or "rents, issues, or profits," or "to preserve the principal intact," or a direction that contains other words of a similar import; a direction in a trust instrument that income and principal are to be determined by reference to certain statutory provisions; or, subject to division (A) of this section, the inclusion of specified provisions in a trust instrument setting forth the way in which income and principal are to be determined.

(C) The rule of construction set forth in division (B) of this section applies to trust instruments executed or in effect before, on, or after September 15, 1999.

Cite as R.C. § 5813.03

Effective Date: 01-01-2007

5813.04 Standard of care.

(A) In administering the powers to request amounts from a trustee of an institutional trust fund in accordance with divisions (A) and (B) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code, members of a governing board of an institution shall exercise ordinary business care and prudence under the facts and circumstances prevailing at the time of the action or decision and shall make requests for amounts under divisions (A) and (B) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code only as is prudent under this standard. In so doing, the governing board shall consider the long- and short-term needs of the institution in carrying out its educational, religious, charitable, or other eleemosynary purposes; the institution's present and anticipated financial requirements; the expected total return on the investments held by the institution and held by the trustee under the applicable trust instrument; price level trends; and general economic conditions.

(B) In determining the expected total return on the investments held by a trustee of an institutional trust fund under the applicable trust instrument, the members of the governing board of an institution may follow, and are not required to examine independently, the determination of the trustee regarding the expected total return on the investments held by the trustee.

(C) A trustee of an institutional trust fund has no duty to inquire or ascertain whether the governing board of an institution has satisfied the standards set forth in divisions (A) and (B) of this section, and the trustee does not have any liability for the failure of the governing board to satisfy those standards.

Cite as R.C. § 5813.04

Effective Date: 01-01-2007

5813.05 Exemption.

Nothing in sections 5812.01 to 5812.52 , or any other section of the Revised Code limits or restricts the definition of income in division (A) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code or limits or restricts a governing board of an institution from requesting, or a trustee from making, distributions from an institutional trust fund in accordance with sections 5813.01 to 5813.07 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5813.05

Effective Date: 01-01-2007

5813.06 Relationship of chapter to uniform management of institutional funds act.

(A) Nothing in sections 5813.01 to 5813.05 of the Revised Code affects the construction or interpretation of sections 1715.51 to 1715.59 of the Revised Code relating to the uniform prudent management of institutional funds act. Specifically, neither the percentage set forth in division (B) of section 5813.02 of the Revised Code nor the amount actually requested by a governing board pursuant to that section shall be construed or interpreted to limit or expand what is a prudent amount that can be expended by a governing board of an institution under sections 1715.51 to 1715.59 of the Revised Code.

(B) If an institutional trust fund is also an institutional fund as defined in division (C) of section 1715.51 of the Revised Code with the result that sections 1715.51 to 1715.59 of the Revised Code also are applicable to the institutional trust fund, then sections 1715.51 to 1715.59 of the Revised Code apply to the institutional trust fund, and sections 5813.01 to 5813.07 of the Revised Code do not apply to the institutional trust fund.

Cite as R.C. § 5813.06

Effective Date: 01-01-2007; 2008 HB522 06-01-2009

5813.07 Citing act.

Sections 5813.01 to 5813.07 of the Revised Code may be cited as the "institutional trust funds act."

Cite as R.C. § 5813.07

Effective Date: 01-01-2007