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Club Toolkit

Resources for Alumni Clubs

CONNECT. SERVE. INVEST. Through connections, service and investment, the MSU Alumni Office and our alumni clubs represent Michigan State University throughout the globe.

The alumni club toolkit is a compilation of resources that range from the essentials of basic alumni club administration to fundraising, plus tools for specific initiatives, including Give Green Day, Spartans Serve and Global Day of Service.

The contents of this toolkit are continuously evolving, and we want it to be of use to our alumni clubs. If you have a suggestion for a resource you'd like us to add to this toolkit, contact Meg Quine via email.

 


GENERAL RESOURCES AND QUICK REFERENCES


RESOURCES FOR GIVE GREEN DAY

The university-wide Day of Giving, Give Green Day, is an opportunity to give back and make a difference to impact current and future Spartans. 

    • The Give Green Day toolkit is intended to provide alumni clubs with tips and tools to help you capitalize on this opportunity. You will find suggestions, samples, resources, timing, and other information on how your alumni club can effectively leverage this national day of giving in support of your club’s scholarship.


RESOURCES FOR SPARTANS SERVE AND GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE

Spartans Serve is a year-round initiative designed to show the world the extraordinary impact Spartans make through service. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network.

Every year in April, as part of the Spartans Serve initiative, there is a Global Day of Service to harness the power of this spirit of service and demonstrate what Spartans can do in a single day. Save-the-date for Global Day of Service 2021 – Apr. 17.

All resources related to Spartans Serve and Global Day of Service are located in the Volunteer Tools section of the serve.msu.edu website.


RESOURCES FOR ALUMNI CLUB STUDENT SEND-OFFS/ALUMNI PICNICS

The MSU Alumni Office is preparing for the potential need to host virtual experiences. If a virtual experience becomes necessary, we will have a very specific template and instructions to share. We expect to have more information in early June. Until that time, there is no need for our alumni clubs to plan their own experience.
 

LEADERSHIP

Ensure that alumni clubs are operating at the most effective level from a leadership standpoint and recruit and retain effective volunteers.

Ensure that alumni clubs are operating at the most effective level from a financial standpoint.

Alumni clubs shall not use Michigan State University’s non-profit status or tax exempt number for club business. The MSU Alumni Office cannot make recommendations or provide guidance on obtaining non-profit status.

Alumni club activities are not covered under Michigan State University’s insurance. The MSU Alumni Office cannot make recommendations regarding liability insurance. It is suggested that alumni clubs seek the counsel of a local attorney and/or insurance professional who is experienced in working with volunteer organizations and who can best determine and explain a club’s options if an alumni club wished to obtain insurance to protect their assets.


COMMUNICATIONS

Amplify Michigan State University’s brand within the market, and inform alumni of opportunities to engage with Michigan State University.

ENGAGEMENT

Connect Spartans through experiences that add value to their lives, personally and professionally.


PHILANTHROPY

Increase awareness and value of giving to Michigan State University

      • Alumni club scholarships overview
        If your alumni club is interested in establishing a scholarship, contact Jennifer Bertram, Senior Director of Development for University Scholarships and Fellowships via email or by calling (517) 432-7330.


FOR CLUB LEADERS BY CLUB LEADERS

For Club Leaders By Club Leaders is an online series of webinars and podcasts developed by the MSU Alumni Office to share best practices and to highlight successful club leaders who are making an impact in their local communities. This series also includes presentations from the annual Alumni Club Leaders Summit, as well as monthly conference calls with the MSU Alumni International Board.

MONTHLY CONFERENCE CALLS WITH THE MSU ALUMNI INTERNATIONAL BOARD

Conference calls are on a variety of topics pertinent to alumni club leaders. All files are audio files.