Student Fund-Raising Policy

The College benefits greatly from the ongoing generosity of Bowdoin alumni and parents who provide significant monetary support for student-related programs and services on an annual basis. The Development Office coordinates all fund-raising efforts on behalf of the College. Students, student organizations, and athletic teams are not permitted to solicit alumni for monetary support.

Though the College recognizes that parents of current students are sometimes asked to provide supplemental funding for student activities and organizations and special initiatives such as trips for athletic teams, students, student organizations, and athletic teams are not permitted to conduct widespread parent fund-raising appeals.

All recognized student organizations are eligible to receive funding through the Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) and agree, by virtue of their status as chartered organizations, to comply with all College policies including fund-raising restrictions. Student organizations are prohibited from accepting donations from outside organizations. Members of athletic teams, including club sports, are also subject to these restrictions.

Student organizations may be granted permission to fundraise if the proceeds go to a cause, but only with the prior permission of the Director of Student Activities and the David Saul Smith Union. Students may only solicit other students and not alumni, community members, or parents. These efforts cannot take place during Homecoming, Family Weekend, or Graduation weekends. Students are not permitted to ask for donations from Brunswick area businesses. The use of Bowdoin social media to promote any fundraising activity is prohibited. The use of GoFundMe pages are not permitted. Bowdoin strongly discourages student to student transactions using Venmo for fundraising purposes. Venmo prohibits Colleges and Universities from having accounts. If money collected through Venmo is not donated, Bowdoin cannot help retrieve those funds.

Items normally sold in the bookstore may not be offered for sale without prior permission from the Bookstore Manager. Questions should be addressed to the Director of Student Activities and the David Saul Smith Union.

For more information contact:
Nate Hintze, Director of Student Activities and the David Saul Smith Union

Student Grant Seeking 

The College recognizes that an individual student or group of students may wish to seek external grant funding.  Bowdoin maintains excellent relationships with funders in the foundation community, and to a more limited extent, among corporations with philanthropic interests.  Those relationships are the responsibility of the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and any outreach must be preapproved by the Director or by the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.