The Clarion Students' Association (CSA) processes Fundraising Forms on a first-come, first-served basis, therefore it is recommended that groups wishing to fundraiser complete a Fundraiser Form as soon as possible. At a minimum, the form must be completed at least five business days prior to the start of the fundraiser (ten business days for raffles and 50/50's) . There is no limit to the number of fundraisers/collection drives an RSO/RUO can have per semester but each fundraiser must be registered and approved separately even if they occur at the same event (ie: a 50/50 raffle and a t-shirt sale). Fundraisers must be approved BEFORE they are advertised or actually begin. Please review the Fundraising Tracking Sheet, posted in the "Documents" section of the Center for Leadership & Involvement's CU CONNECT page before you fill out the fundraiser form to make sure there are no conflicts and to assure your fundraiser is not a duplication. There is a four-week limit on the duration of time to conduct a fundraiser. With more than 140 groups on campus, this limit works to give all organizations a chance to conduct these types of activities. These timetables do not include vacation and breaks, therefore groups may wish to consider holding events that overlap vacations/breaks. However, raffles and 50/50 drawings will not be approved to be conducted during academic calendar breaks.
Fundraising Forms must be filled out using an RSO/RUO email account. Fundraising requests submitted using individual accounts will be denied. The form will be reviewed by representatives of the CSA, as well as other applicable offices. If the event requires space on campus, a completed space request must be on file with the Conference & Event Services Office, before the fundraiser can be approved. Assuming all requisite information is provided when the form is submitted, forms should be processed within three business days. If additional information is needed, the group will be notified.
Clarion Students' Association (CSA) purchases and maintains a Small Games of Chance license each year from the Clarion County Treasurer's office. Groups choosing to conduct raffles must go through CSA to conduct their fundraiser.
Raffles must be approved at least 10 days before tickets are actually sold. In addition, tickets must be approved by CSA before they are printed. CSA currently utilizes a local vendor for ticket printing and can extend this service to organizations requesting the service. Proofs are submitted to CSA using the form provided. Fees associated with the cost of printing will be deducted from the proceeds of the raffle. Authorization for this deduction is provided by the organization's treasurer/and or president as well as their advisor signature and is indicated on the form.
In addition to being approved BEFORE they actually begin, raffles must be approved before the tickets are printed. A copy of the ticket proof must accompany the request and be approved before tickets are printed to avoid having organizations pay for printing tickets that they cannot use. The Clarion Students Association (CSA) purchases a Small Games of Chance License each year from the Clarion County Treasurer. Groups choosing to operate raffles must adhere to the following state requirements:
- Tickets must be preprinted, sequentially numbered and have a detachable stub with the same number (ticket rolls cannot be used for raffles). A copy of the ticket design must accompany the fundraising form.
- Tickets must have the name of the licensee (Clarion Students' Association), the organization's name, ticket number, the date, time and location of the drawing, the license number (2697), the cost of the ticket and the available prize(s) (with the value of each prize) printed on the ticket side. Event name, purchaser's information (name, address and phone number), seller's name, CSA license number, and the matching ticket number must be on the detachable part of the ticket.
- All tickets must be brought to the CSA Office (278 Gemmell) PRIOR to distribution to members to sell. The CSA staff will work with the organization to create a log sheet which must be completed and returned to the CSA Office immediately following the conclusion of the raffle. If the group plans to sell raffle tickets outside Of Clarion County, they need to notify the CSA Office so it can be noted on the log sheet for auditing purposes.
- The drawing must be conducted in plain view of players present and winners need not be present. If the raffle is held during an event, a copy of the CSA Small Games of Chance permit must be displayed (a copy of the permit can be obtained from the CSA Office). If the drawing is not being held during an event, it must take place in the CSA Office, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).
- The value of the raffle prize cannot exceed $2,000. If a raffle prize exceeds this single chance amount, a special permit must be obtained by CSA and requires 30 day advanced notification for the permit to be ordered. The organization requesting the special permit will also be responsible for the $25 special permit fee, which must be paid in advance of the order.
- The group must turn in all monies raised, the log sheet, all sold ticket stubs/unsold tickets and the winning ticket to the CSA Office and complete a fundraiser summary report form within two business days following the event. Groups failing to turn this documentation into CSA will be prohibited from conducting future raffles.
- Proceeds will be deposited into a separate designated raffle account. Transfers of funds will then be made to CSA self support organizations, or in the case of an organization not holding a CSA self support account, a check will be issued directly to the organization minus the cost of ticket printing.
- All 50/50 drawings must be held on campus and must be registered at least 10 days prior to the event. The CSA will give organizations approved numbered 50/50 ticket rolls. Upon approval of your drawing, the member in charge of the event must stop into the CSA Office (278 Gemmell) to obtain the tickets. The CSA Office's normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Tickets must be sold in set increments (I.e. 1/$1, 3/$5 or 5/$10, etc.), they cannot be sold at an "arm's length."
- 50% of the money collected must be paid to the winning ticket holder. Members of the organization holding the drawing are not eligible to win.
- The name, address and phone of the winning ticket holder must be written on the back of the winning ticket.
- No more than $2,000.00 can be awarded at one time.
- The group must turn in the remaining 50% of the monies raised, the log sheet, all sold ticket stubs/unsold tickets and the winning ticket to the CSA Office and complete a fundraiser summary report form within two business days following the event. Groups failing to turn this documentation into CSA will be prohibited from conducting future raffles.
Groups holding a bake sale must agree to abide by the following regulations out lined in PA Senate Bill 828 (a.k.a. the Pie Bill):
- Groups cannot sell "potentially hazardous foods" In the context of bake sales, potentially hazardous foods include cream pastries, cream/custard pies & tarts, pudding prepared from a mix or scratch, cream cheese and dairy whipped topping (Source: FDA Food Code 2005, Revised July 2007).
- Groups must individually wrap items for sale.
- Groups must post a sign at the bake sale informing consumers that the items for sale were prepared in private homes that are not licensed or inspected by PA Department of Agriculture.
If food sale includes items for immediate consumption (i.e. hot dogs, nachos, pizza, pastries, etc.), your organization must provide a description of the items you wish to sell. The Director of Catering will review this request and contact the individual submitting this form with any questions.
In accordance with Clarion University's policy regarding Raising Financial Support (43.010), organizations wishing to approach businesses/individuals for sponsorship/free merchandise to support their programs must receive approval from the Clarion University Foundation before they ask. Organizations must upload their letter, along with the list of businesses and/or individuals they wish to approach for Foundation approval.
Organizations selling T-shirts must submit the proposed design with the request form. Organizations wishing to sell anything that has any of the university's copy/trade/word marks on it must have their products made through a licensed vendor. Organizations wishing to make shirts for the Autumn Leaf Festival must have written permission from the Clarion Area Chamber Of Business and Industry if they wish to use any of the names trademarked, copyrighted and owned by the chamber.