Fundraising Policy

All revenue-generating activities conducted by RSOs must follow University policies, applicable (fraternity/sorority) Greek Council and/or (inter)national organization policies/procedures, as well as state, local, and federal laws.

Fundraising Policy

The need for registered student organizations to conduct fundraising events to provide financial support for their organization continues to increase at Grand Valley State University. Recognizing this need, the Office of Student Life has established this fundraising policy with the following procedures and guidelines for conducting fundraising events. The overall purpose of this policy is to help organizations be as successful as possible in their efforts.

Definition. For the purposes of this policy, all activities involving the collection of money by registered student organizations are defined as revenue-producing projects. Revenue-producing projects include: the selling of printed materials, student-produced goods, student-provided services, the selling of tickets, travel packages and/or charging admission to private or public activities or the soliciting of voluntary contributions, and the selling of other goods and services.

Financial Benefit: Revenue-producing events held on campus or in the university facilities may not directly financially benefit the individual officers and/or members.

Fundraising Directly from Businesses or Non-Profits 

  1. Student organizations may seek to reach out directly to businesses or non-profit organizations in order to receive funds or general donations.  All fundraising requests made in the name of the University must be approved in advance by the Vice President for Development. In addition, only the Vice President for Development or their designee is empowered to issue the University’s official receipt that qualifies a donor’s charitable contribution as deductible for tax purposes.  For this reason, student organizations must fill out a Fundraising Form with Institutional Development before reaching out directly to a business or non-profit organization. 

Fundraising on Campus

  1. Fundraising Privileges: Only registered student organizations, housing/residence life living centers, the Student Senate, or other campus departments may conduct revenue producing events on-campus.
  2. Off-Campus Entities, Businesses, or Non-profit Groups: Must follow the Commercial Activity Policy to be present on campus. 
  3. University Affiliated Commercial Activity: All student organizations wishing to plan a fundraising opportunity on campus must follow the University Affiliated Commercial Activity process and file the appropriate form with Event Services. 
  4. Applications are only required for on campus events.
  5. No revenue producing or fundraising activities may be conducted in conjunction with athletic competitions along stadium drive or at athletic events except for those sponsored by athletic teams that are approved by the Athletic Director.
  6. Food Sales. Due to health and liability issues, university policy requires a food waiver form to be completed and approved by Campus Dining Services. Campus Dining Services is the only authorized agency by the university to sell food items on campus. 
  7. Compliance with rules, policies, and laws. The sponsoring organization assumes all responsibility for conducting a revenue-producing project in compliance with the ordinances, written policies and regulations of Grand Valley State University. In addition, the organization is responsible for knowing and abiding by all local, county, state and federal laws.
  8. Holland and Grand Rapids Campuses. Further regulations may be in effect for the Holland and Grand Rapids campus locations. Refer to the "Who Reserves What Space?" resource to contact the appropriate individual for the space required. 
  9. Assistance. If you need assistance, the Office of Student Life in the Kirkhof Center offers Drop In Advising every Monday - Friday from 1pm - 4pm. No appointment is required, just drop in with your questions. 
  10. (Raffles/Millionaire Parties/Texas Hold Em' Poker) The State of Michigan regulates raffles and gaming, or any other kind of gambling, which requires advance registration with the State at least six (6) weeks in advance. If an organization is beginning to plan an event that involves gambling the organization should meet with a professional staff member in the Office of Student Life. The number of licenses the university has is limited and the application process requires a six week lead time. Complete information about these regulations is available on the web at www.michigan.gov/lottery Any license for gambling activity will need to be approved by the Associate Dean for Student Life and submitted to the Executive Officers of the University for final approval before sending to the State of Michigan.  Fraternities and Sororities are prohibited from hosting these types of event. 


Page last modified June 21, 2019