Guidelines for Affinity & Shared Interest Groups

In order to be recognized by the Wellesley College Alumnae Association as an official affinity or shared interest group, these guidelines must be followed:

  • The purpose of the affinity or shared interest group supports the mission of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, Wellesley College, and its alumnae.  
  •  The name of the group includes the words Wellesley and Alumnae, but may not include the words Association, Club, or Fund.  The name should also reflect the purpose or mission of the group so that it is clear to potential members.  
  • The group is open to all Wellesley alumnae as defined by the WCAA by-laws:
    • any graduate of Wellesley College;
    • any former student who was a candidate for a Wellesley College degree for at least one term and whose class has graduated;
    • any former student who was a candidate for a Wellesley College degree and who left under honorable circumstances before completing one term, whose class has graduated, and who requests enrollment;
    • any former student in the Continuing Education/Davis Scholar program who has matriculated;
    • any member of the former Mary Hemenway Alumnae Association.
  • The group works collaboratively with the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, clubs, and classes.
  • Use of the Wellesley College seal is for official College business only and may not be used by groups.  Groups may use the Wellesley College Alumnae Association logo or they can create their own (with the assistance of the WCAA if desired).   
  • The group’s officers and other volunteers adhere to the policy and guidelines for proper use of alumnae information.
  • If your group wants to set-up  a non-profit bank account, please contact the associate director of alumnae connections in the Alumnae Association. 
  • Fundraising for the College is managed by the Office of Resources, and any activities that raise funds for the College must be discussed with this office.  Other fundraising activities (i.e., dues and donations) that raise funds for the group to help with alumnae outreach efforts or events are managed by the group treasurer and do not need to be discussed with the Office of Resources.  
  • The group complies with all year-end annual and financial reporting requirements.  
  • The group’s purpose or by-laws does not outline activities that would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of WCAA according to section 501c(3) of the tax code:
    • The group will operate exclusively for charitable or educational purposes.
    • No part of the net earnings of the club shall inure to the benefit of any private individual.  There are exemptions to this rule: if the organization has an annual scholarship to support Wellesley students or donates money to support on campus events.
    •  No substantial part of the activities of the club shall be carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation; and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), a political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. The group cannot participate in or intervene in any campaign for public office.

The WCAA reserves the right to deny a group support and services at any time if the group does not adhere to the above guidelines

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