Start a College Chapter

CDF-U

Let Us Know You’re Interested!

First, download the Celiac Disease Foundation U Guidebook to learn everything you need to know about Celiac Disease Foundation U Chapters.

Next, Register as a potential CDF U Chapter Leader:

  1. Go to cdf.thankyou4caring.org
  2. Click on “Register Now for Email Updates, Clinical Trials and More” and complete the form
  3. Click on Volunteer, then CDF U Chapter Leader.
  4. Click “I’m Interested”, enter your birthdate and click “Sign Me Up!”
  5. You will receive an email with a link to tell us more about yourself, where you’re located, and we’ll set up a time to talk more in depth about your potential Chapter.

Become a Fan!

Are you on Facebook? We are! Visit the national Celiac Disease Foundation U page at Facebook.com/CeliacDiseaseFoundationU and “like” it. Once you’re a fan, write on the wall and let us know that students on your campus would like to start a chapter. You’ll also be able to stay up to date on the latest celiac disease news, as well as Celiac Disease Foundation and Celiac Disease Foundation U information.


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Starting a Chapter

The 8 Steps

Below are 8 steps that students are required to complete before submitting any chapter paperwork to the Celiac Disease Foundation U national office. After completing all of the steps below, the future chapter will have a call with the Celiac Disease Foundation U national office and be granted “provisional status” for one quarter/semester. After that quarter/semester, the chapter’s efforts will be evaluated to determine if “official status” will be granted. (See page 7 for details on “provisional status.”)

1. CDF Development Coordinator, Gillian Entin will contact you after you register at the website above.  

2. Contact your Student Activities Office.

  • Their office will tell you what paperwork to submit in order to become a registered student organization.

3. Submit chapter name to your school as Celiac Disease Foundation U [Your Full School Name].

  • Note: The entire name “Celiac Disease Foundation U” needs to be in the chapter name.

4. If required by the Student Activities Office, secure a faculty advisor.

  • Ask a faculty or staff member on campus to be the chapter’s advisor.

5. Set chapter membership & fundraising goals for the semester and school year.

  • Membership Goal: The number of students the chapter will recruit to become “active members” who attend regular meetings and events. Aim to secure 5-10 “active members” in the first semester/quarter.
  • Fundraising Goal: The amount the chapter will raise each semester/quarter and during the school year. Chapters are required to hold one large fundraising event per school year. Chapters are encouraged to raise a minimum of $250 per school year to cover the cost of travel expenses to the CDF National Conference.

6. Complete & submit* four items to the Celiac Disease Foundation U national office (find documents in the U Guidebook).

a. Chapter Agreement (pg. 26-28)

b. Chapter Constitution (pg. 29-32)

c. Chapter Year Plan (pg. 33-34)

d. Executive Board Contact Form https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDF-U-eboard  (once all positions are filled)

*Email documents to maya.blackburn@celiac.org or fax to 818-267-5577.

7. Secure a general meeting space with the Student Activities Office and host a general interest meeting on campus.

  • Set a date, time and location and let the entire student body know that you’re starting a chapter and recruiting general and executive board members. Have sign-up sheets to stay in contact with interested students.

8. Establish an Executive Board.

  • Fill at least the first 4 positions, referred to as the executive board President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,
  • Have each Executive Board member go to cdf.thankyou4caring.org
    • Click on “Register Now for Email Updates, Clinical Trials and More” and complete the form
    • Click on Volunteer, then CDF U Chapter Leader.
    • Click “I’m Interested”, enter your birthdate and click “Sign Me Up!”

Note: The chapter will not be eligible for “provisional status” until all members of the Executive Board register.