Campus Organizations Accounting Office

Procedures for Collecting Money


Organizations should establish procedures for collecting money. People collecting the funds should be made aware of the treasurer's requirements for proper documentation of receipts and timely deposits of funds. Topics listed below give details of these types of requirements. Treasurers should make all persons collecting money aware of these issues to facilitate proper handling of cash and checks.


Receipt Books


Treasurers or persons in charge of receiving payments should prepare receipts for all cash and checks received. Exceptions are made for small cash sales such as bake sales where it would be impractical to receipt each sale and raffle tickets where the ticket stub acts as a receipt. Give the original copy to the individual making the payment; the carbon copy should remain intact in the receipt book. Receipt books are furnished by the Campus Organizations Accounting Office.


Depositing Income


Deposit all income from all sources into the organization’s account. Make deposits in 1220 Beardshear Hall. Timely deposits reduce the risk of returned checks and lost or stolen cash. The university's policy is that funds collected must be deposited within 5 days, however if in excess of $100, it must be deposited within 2 business days.

List all checks individually on the deposit slip. Endorse all checks with the name of the organization and the account number. Attach a calculator tape adding all of the checks together to the deposit slip. Identify all income with a brief description of the source of income so the Campus Organizations Accounting Office may properly classify the income. If receipts are for more than one type of item, list the amounts on the deposit slip. Examples of income sources include: dues, fundraisers, T-shirt sales, banquet contributions, etc.


Paypal Policy


The Treasurer’s Office, 1220 Bearshear, must approve of any credit card transactions. Currently, utilizing Paypal, GoFundMe, Kickstarter, OneSquare, etc. as a revenue collection service is not permitted when a group fundraises. At this time, cash and checks are the only method of payment to groups that is available.


Accepting Gifts / Charitable Donations


Many organizations solicit gifts and donations from companies and other entities. When doing so, these sponsorships/gifts/contributions should be handled and processed through the ISU Foundation. Staff members there will record the gift, send the donor a postcard confirming the donation shortly after receiving it and allow the outside entity to obtain a receipt for tax purposes in late January which includes all gifts made in the prior calendar year. Please do not deposit these funds into your Campus Org. account, but rather direct the check to the ISU Foundation with an indicator of which student organization should receive the credit. The Foundation will then wire your funds to Iowa State University and credit your financial account.

Please visit the ISU Foundation link to additional information and forms.