Guidelines for the Disbursement of Funds

Non-Professional Memberships

A state agency may pay a membership fee to a private entity so that they may purchase goods or services at a discount only if the agency shows the cost of the goods or services plus the membership fee is less than the cost of purchasing these same items somewhere else. The purchase document must state the proper public service that will be served by paying the membership fee and how the payment relates to the statutory duties of the agency. State the full name of the non-professional organization and the beginning and ending dates of the membership. Abbreviations/acronyms are not acceptable. These are coded 5213.