The Office of Student Engagement recognizes there are a lot of important pieces to leading a student organization successfully. In hopes of making that job a little easier, we have compiled the following resources for your reference. Whether it be leading a meeting, maintaining a budget, the following resources will hopefully make the job of leading your organization a much easier and effective experience.


Additional Forms/Tutorials - Planning a trip for your organization?  Find all the Forms and tutorials you need on Bear Link.

Banking - Is your organization looking to start a bank account? You'll need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) if you do not already have one--you can apply here. Once you have an EIN, you can choose whatever bank is best for your organization! If you have additional questions, reach out to Briar Douglas in the Office of Student Engagement at or 417-836-4452.

Budgeting - Do you have a budget for your organization? Check out this general budget that can be edited to fit the needs of your organization. This can also be helpful when creating your General Proposal for SOFAC funding! If your organization has received SOFAC funds for the current academic year, those award letters will be on your organization's BearLink page in the Documents section.

Constitution & By-Laws - Need help writing your organization’s Constitution and By-Laws? Check out this helpful guide and sample.

Effective Leadership - First time leading a student organization meeting? Check out this link for tips on How to Lead an Effective Meeting. [Information adapted from Jonathan Powell- Running an Effective Meeting

Fundraising Ideas- Similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Missouri State’s crowdfunding platform, GiveCampus, helps student organizations raise money for various causes. You can see examples here:

Officer Position Templates - Do you have a new student organization? Does your organization have specific positions and responsibilities? Here is a great tool which outlines the most standard officer roles as well as their duties. [Information adapted from N.W Dunkley & J.H. Schuh- Advising Student Groups and Organizations]

Parliamentary Procedure - Does your organization use Robert’s Rules of Order? Check out this helpful tool with all of the information needed to facilitate discussion and make group decisions at your meetings. [Information adapted from University of Louisiana- Monroe, Staff Senate]

Room Reservations - Would you like to reserve a room on campus for an organization meeting? Planning an annual bash? Contact Event and Meeting Services for more information.

Starting a New Organization - Are you interested in starting a Student Organization? Follow these easy steps. Email with any questions.

Student Organization Handbook - If you have any questions about the student organization policies check out the Student Organization Handbook

Transitioning- Is your organization transitioning leadership? Do you have everything in order for a smooth transition? Check out this PowerPoint, Officer Transition Resource, or Officer Transition Guide, for tips and assistance.

Trip Registration - Is your student organization going on a trip 10 miles outside of Springfield? Complete the Trip Registration Form and Organization Trip Activity & Release Form on the Bear Link form which is located under the "Forms" page.


Looking for something else?

Our Involvement Ambassador team is here to connect you with campus resources and be there to help your organization run as smoothly as possible. You can contact them at or hit the button below:

Send an email to the Ambassadors!