Michigan 4-H fundraising guidelines

It is important to understand the guidelines that Michigan 4-H has established before conducting a fundraiser.

Michigan 4-H allows 4-H clubs to raise funds for their educational and recreational goals. While some 4-H clubs charge their members dues, other clubs choose to conduct fundraising activities. It is important that club leaders and members understand key details regarding fundraising activities and the funds that are subsequently raised.

  1. Fundraising should not be the main focus of the 4-H club’s activities.
  2. All fundraising activities should contain an educational component. For example, members need to receive appropriate training so that they are able to be actively involved in planning, advertising or working at the event.
  3. Before conducting a fundraising activity, the 4-H club must get approval from the county 4-H staff person. Fundraising activities can begin once approval is received.
  4. All funds raised in the name of 4-H can be used solely for 4-H activities.
  5. Fundraising must be for the good of the total group and funds may not be provided to individual members.
  6. Funds raised may be used to pay for educational programs, activities, workshops or 4-H club supplies. Monies raised may also be transferred to fund members’ participation in county, state, national or international 4-H programs.
  7. Michigan law requires that 4-H clubs collect sales tax on the tangible personal property they sell at a fundraiser IF the club’s total sales in one year will exceed $5,000. Any required sales tax must be remitted through the county Michigan State University Extension office.
  8. Remember that 4-H clubs are prohibited from conducting raffles, drawings or various kinds of games of chance.
  9. Following any fundraiser, the leader and members need to complete and submit a summary report to the MSU Extension office.
  10. If a 4-H club disbands, any funds remaining in the treasury and/or property belonging to the club are required to be turned over to the county 4-H council or county MSU Extension office.

Additional information and all forms referenced in this article are available online in the Michigan 4-H Treasurer’s Record Book.

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