Funding Sources Outside of the College and University:
Student organizations are allowed to receive outside funds in order to help cover various costs. However, the University of Michigan only acknowledges gifts made to Sponsored Student Organizations (SSO) or Sponsored Events. Sponsored Events require an Event Sponsorship Agreement to be on file with the Office of student Affairs. Due to the complexity of gifts, as student organization leaders you must be clear in communications with industry regarding how the funding will be received by the University.
**Please be aware that these processes do vary depending on whether the student organization is registered as a VSO or a SSO. Before accepting any money, be sure to review the appropriate documents below. If you are not sure if your organization is a VSO or a SSO, please contact Mariah Moss to confirm your status.
Also, in-kind contributions may be eligible for gift status. Please contact Mariah Moss if you have any questions, to verify the status/requirements of a funding source, or to manage receipt of in-kind contributions.
Crowdfunding for SSOs
Sponsored student organizations are allowed to raise money through crowdfuding, also known as third-party online fundraising. However, in order to be incompliance with the IRS and to best serve donors, student organizations need to strictly follow the best practices and policies outlines in the crowdfunding guide below.
Crowdfunding Guide (PDF)
If you have any question regarding this process, please contact Mariah Moss.