Club Fund Raising Guidelines
1. Many clubs collect dues from their members at meetings. Members should clearly understand that this money is for local club use only. The $12.00 county member enrollment fee supports programming costs and OSU Extension.
2. Encourage members to sell animals or products coming from their own project work.
3. Never use the 4-H name or emblem in connection with sales of a commercial product unless state/county approved. Commercial or consignment sales of candy, cookies, feed, seed, fertilizer or other products in competition with regular trade channels are not approved.
4. DISCOURAGE LOTTERIES OR GAMES OF CHANCE. Instead, plan 4-H fund raising so the public or customer will receive full value. Remember, there are state and local laws and regulations prohibiting or regulating lotteries. Keep in mind we are a youth organization.
5. Use accepted fund raising procedures for specific worthy projects, such as camp scholarships for your members, and inform the general public how funds will be used and controlled.
6. TRY TO AVOID DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASSING OR "TAG DAYS" FOR DONATIONS. Give people something for their money or sell them on the merits of direct help with the educational program.
7. Insist that any fund raising project should come about only as a result of interest and appreciation for 4-H work, its precepts, ideals and goals.
8 REMEMBER THE BASIC PURPOSE OF 4-H IS EDUCATION. Do not let sideline "busy work" like door-to-door canvassing get in the way of more fundamental programs of learning and doing.
9. KEEP FUND RAISING TO A MINIMUM. One or two special drives per year should be the maximum. Keep these campaigns short to avoid having to pay sales tax.
10. Never let fund raising lower the status or prestige of 4-H. Wholesome educational purpose for funds and WISE use of them are the most important guiding principles.
11. Clubs are responsible for purchasing a vendor’s license, keeping records, and paying Ohio sales tax on taxable items.