The following are the policies and guidelines that a student organization must abide by when they are hosting an event on campus where an admission fee is being collected. This includes both when admission is collected pre-sale and at-the-door to the event.
For student organizations, fundraising is defined as anytime the RSO is collecting money or items on campus. This includes donations (money or items), the sale of items or food (i.e. bake sales, item sales, etc.), charging a registration or admission fee, leaving a donation box on campus, etc. Any time the RSO is collecting money or items on campus, this is considered fundraising and the RSO fundraiser policies must be followed. Failure to do so can result in conduct and discipline for the RSO.
Policies & Guidelines
Approval Required: The RSO must complete an online RSO Fundraising Request Form and be approved by the Center for Student Involvement. Approval must be received before admission sales can begin. Please submit this form well in advance of your donation timeline to ensure there is enough time for review, questions, and approval. Late submissions may be not be able to be reviewed in time.
Approval Placard: Once approved, the RSO will receive a placard that states the fundraiser is approved. This placard must be posted at your event/table during all sales. Failure to display this placard can result in the suspension of your event.
Proceeds: RSOs can host events on campus and collect money when the proceeds will be used as a fundraiser, either for the RSO and its own operations/events or donating to a charitable organization. If the proceeds of the fundraiser are going to a non-University group (i.e. a charitable organization), some additional review of the fundraiser may be required. This will be discussed with the RSO when the Fundraising Request Form is submitted and reviewed. No monetary gain of the proceeds can be for individual members of the organization.
Benefit to Students: The activity/event itself must provide a benefit to UW Tacoma students.
Student-Initiated and Led: The fundraiser must be initiated by one of the officers of an RSO and it must be student-led. Fundraisers should be not be primarily led or initiated by groups other than the RSO.
Space Reservation: You must fundraise in conjunction with an an approved and confirmed space request. For example, if you plan to host an event in WPH or in a lobby of a building, you must request use of those spaces through an official space request.
Cash Collection: If cash is present and being exchanged (given from one person to another), then this must be noted on your space request. Campus Safety officers will be notified and they may be required to be present during your sales. If officers are required, the associated cost is the responsibility of the RSO.
Cash Handling: If cash if present, your RSO should have proper cash handling procedures reviewed and in-place. This includes securing your cash during/after the event, having a bank account to deposit the money if it's not being used right away, etc. The Center for Student Involvement has cash boxes available for check-out and we provide information online about starting a bank account for your RSO.
Online Ticket Platform
Consider using this online platform to sell tickets to your event!
UW Marketplace: The process is managed by our office and offers an online ticket sale service that RSOs can utilize. Customers can pay via credit card online to your organization. Funds will be issued to the organization via check. To learn more about this option, email email@example.com and let us know that you are interested!