Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Office of Finance and Administration

Contracts & Events

Hotel/Restaurant/Caterer Contract and Agreement Review Process

The purpose of event contracts and the review process is to protect you, your department, the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern University from liability. No event should be held without an authorized contract signed by the Feinberg School of Medicine's Vice Dean for Finance and Administration.

Document Review Process

STEP 1: The FSM sponsoring department obtains agreement/contract (any document which has a signature line requiring FSM endorsement) from the hotel/restaurant/caterer/venue.

STEP 2: Submit the package of documents to the Office of Finance and Administration via the Contracts for Hotels, Venues, Catering, and Restaurants online form or email to as soon as possible, or at a minimum of at least 2 weeks in advance of the deadline to authorize the agreement. The package of documents includes the agreement and, when applicable:

STEP 3: The Office of Finance and Administration will review the documents and alert the requesting department to any issues. Once all documents are in order, the final set of documents will be given to the Vice Dean of Finance and Administration for final review and signature. Any remaining issues are brought to the attention of the requesting department.

STEP 4: The requesting unit provides final signed documents to the vendor.

Note: It is important to include all other documents (COI, NU Events Rider) in all correspondence with the vendor.

Charitable Donations

Northwestern University may provide donations to charitable organizations only as outlined in the Charitable Donations By the University policy. Donations made at the direction of the President, Provost, or Executive Vice President or donations to attend or gain recognition at fundraising events require the Request Form to Provide Donations to or Fundraise for a Registered Not-for-Profit Charitable Organizations to be completed and approved by the requesting unit, school, and university. Donations to for-profit businesses or organizations, foreign organizations, and political activities are not permitted. To obtain school approval, the review process is similar to that of contracts.

Requests to make charitable donations should be submitted to the Office of Finance and Administration via the Charitable Donation online form. The package of documents should include the following:

  1. Request Form to Provide Donations
  2. Proof of federal tax-exempt status
  3. IRS Form W-9
  4. Event flyer

The request will be reviewed by the Office of Finance and Administration and, if approved, signed by the Vice Dean of Finance and Administration. The request form to provide donations will be returned to the requesting unit for routing to the Office of the Vice President of Finance Operations and Treasurer for university approval. For approved charitable donations, please remember to charge the tax-deductible amount to account code 78654.

Paying Vendor

When paying the vendor the following documentation must be uploaded to the Requisition or Payment Request to ensure timely processing:


Additional Resources