Resources and Training

General Resources

  • Leader Transition Checklist: This document will help clubs going through a leadership transition or to prepare for one.
  • Event Planning 101: This document helps lay out the pieces of event planning, including advertising and venues.
  • Effective Meetings: How to plan and execute meetings that are meaningful and efficient. Handout provided by Don Greer.
  • Advisor Agreement Worksheet: This worksheet can be a means of communicating expectations of the organization-advisor relationship.
  • Officer Update Sheet: Please complete this if you have new leadership during the academic year after your club has already registered.
  • Student Organization Tax Guidance: This document helps student organizations understand if they need to file for taxes or not, including how to become a non-profit.
  • How to obtain a Tax ID Number: This document walks you through how to request a Tax ID (or EIN) for your club in order to set up a bank account.

Advertising Resources

Advertising Checklist
Use to learn about avenues to advertise on and off-campus for your club, event or program.

Runner Board
The OAE manages a runner board in the SUB Union Market and is available for clubs to use for advertising.

The electronic runner board in the Strand Union is situated above the entrance to the Union Market.  If your group is sponsoring a campus event, perhaps a fundraiser, a lecture, or a sporting event – it is eligible to advertise on the Activities and Engagement Runner Board for free! 
 If you decide to take advantage of this advertising opportunity, here are the guidelines:

  1. Limit your message length to 150 characters or less (including punctuation).
  2. OAE must receive the request form 48 hours in advance of the date you would like your message to begin.
  3. Messages may run for a maximum of two weeks only
  4. OAE reserves the right not to run obscene or lewd messages or those advertising alcohol-related events.
  5. Submit form:  CLICK HERE to submit!

OAE Poster Policy
All Registered Student Organizations have access to the free poster delivery service through the Office of Activities and Engagement.  Please click on the link to learn about the policies. Spring 2015 Weekly Deadline: Mondays at 4pm. Note: We will not hang posters during the summer months or during university breaks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Solicitation/Advertising in Residence Halls:

Please visit the MSU Residence Life website for more information on soliciting and advertising in the halls.  CLICK HERE

MSU Alumni Foundation Guidelines

Registered Student Organization Foundation Guidelines

We are excited to announce a new partnership we have formed with the MSU Alumni Foundation.  The Foundation will now receive charitable contributions on behalf of registered student organizations. As most of our student clubs are not non-profit organizations, this service is provided to help registered student organizations receive donations from funders who desire or require donations be made through a non-profit entity.  Donors who make contributions in support of a qualified registered student organization through the MSU Alumni Foundation will be provided with the appropriate document to substantiate the tax deductibility of the contribution

Please read the guidelines above THOROUGHLY if you plan to utilize this new option.

There are a few student organizations that are not eligible to use this program due to the nature of the club, so please review these guidelines carefully to determine if your club is or is not a fit.

Club Documents

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