Tufts University defines fundraising as “the collection of money through donations, sales, and/or event programming for the purposes of charitable donation or organizational budget enhancement.” No student may conduct any fundraising activity for their personal benefit on campus or using University resources.

Students wishing to conduct fundraising must:
  • First notify and be granted permission by Katie Mulroy, Director of Student Affairs (
  • Set a date and reserve space ahead of time for any fundraising activity (within Fletcher, space can only be reserved on the first floor of Cabot; no fundraising is permitted in the Hall of Flags)
  • Use any and all funds raised in one of two ways:
    • Offsetting the costs of planned student organization activities within the same semester, with all funds deposited into the organization’s account
    • Donation to a U.S.-based, IRS-recognized charitable organization, in which case 501(c)(3) documentation must be provided before securing approval to fundraise and the name and mission of the charitable organization must be included in any advertisements for the fundraiser
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, as well as University policies
  • During the fundraiser, post a sign identifying the fundraising organization, goods and/or services being sold, and prices

Cases that may have implications for School or University development, e.g. soliciting corporate sponsorship or alumni donations, will incur additional review and conditions. Katie Mulroy will identify these cases based on fundraising applications and take the lead in coordinating with relevant development and/or corporate and foundation relations officers.


Fundraising for political purposes

Funds or contributions for political candidates or campaigns may not, under any circumstances, be solicited in the name of Tufts University or on any University campus, and University resources may not be used in soliciting such funds. If Tufts students, faculty, or staff make political contributions, they must do so as individuals.