Student Involvement

Student Organization's Raffle Information

Some registered student organizations can legally conduct a raffle for certain purposes.  Verify that you meet these the criteria set forth in one of the categories listed below.  If your organization does meet the criteria, click the link below. If an organization does not meet all of the criteria in one of these categories, it is illegal to conduct a raffle.

Category 1

  • Is an unincorporated nonprofit organization;
  • Is not distributing any income to members or officers;
  • Has for the 3 years preceding the proposed raffle either had officers elected by our membership or is affiliated with a state or national organization that is organized to perform the same purposes;
  • Is not a political lobbying organization;
  • Does qualify for and has obtained an exemption from federal income tax under Section 501(c), Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Category 2

  • Is incorporated under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act or is a formally recognized local chapter or affiliate of a parent organization that is incorporated under the Texas Non-profit Corporation Act or is a formally recognized local chapter or affiliate of a parent organization that has received a certificate of authority from the State of Texas; (This will apply to most Greek organizations.)
  • Is not distributing income to members;
  • Has existed for  3 years before the raffle and elected officers by the membership or formally recognize them as a local chapter;
  • Is not a political lobbying organization;
  • Has nationally or locally obtained an exemption from federal income tax under section 501 (c), Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Category 3

  • The organization must be a qualified religious society that has been in existence for 10 years and distributes no income to its members or a qualified volunteer emergency medical service or a qualified volunteer fire department.

If your organization fits in category 1, 2 or 3, click here.

If it does not, you cannot legally conduct a raffle.

 

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