7:325 - Student Fundraising Activities

Policy 7:325

Students

Student Fundraising Activities

No individual or organization is allowed to ask students to participate in fundraising activities while the students are on school grounds during school hours or during any school activity. Exceptions are:
  1. School-sponsored student organizations; and
  2. Parent and/or student organizations that are recognized pursuant to Policy 8:90, Parent Organizations.

The Superintendent or designee shall manage student fundraising activities in alignment with the following directives:

  1. Fundraising efforts shall not conflict with instructional activities or programs.
  2. For any school that participates in the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program, fundraising activities involving the sale of food and beverage items to students during the school day while on the school campus must comply with the Illinois State Board of Education rules concerning the sale of competitive food and beverage items.
  3. Participation in fundraising efforts must be voluntary.
  4. Student safety is paramount and door-to-door solicitations are prohibited.
  5. For school-sponsored student organizations, a school staff member must supervise the fundraising activities and the Business Manager must safeguard the student activity funds financial accounts.
  6. The fundraising efforts must be to support the organization’s purposes and/or activities, a charitable cause, or the educational experiences of students generally.
  7. The funds shall be used to the maximum extent possible for the designated purpose.
  8. Any fundraising efforts that solicit donor messages for incorporation into school property (e.g., tiles or bricks) or placement upon school property (e.g., posters or placards) must:
    1. Develop viewpoint neutral guidelines for the creation of messages;
    2. Inform potential donors that all messages are subject to review and approval, and that messages that do not meet the established guidelines must be resubmitted or the donation will be returned; and
    3. Place a disclaimer on all fundraising information and near the completed donor messages that all messages are "solely the expression of the individual donors and not an endorsement by the District of any message’s content.”

Adopted: March 2, 1998
Revised: July 20, 2009; May 22, 2017

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