1. Fundraising, Donations, and Gifts: Legal Issues, Best Practices, and Common Pitfalls for K-12 Schools

Fundraising, Donations, and Gifts: Legal Issues, Best Practices, and Common Pitfalls for K-12 Schools

Event ID: 2201709
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Erin Gilsbach, attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Credits: Certificate of Attendance

In today’s funding environment, K-12 and postsecondary schools rely heavily on fundraising, sponsorships, and donations. In this webinar, leading education attorney Erin D. Gilsbach will discuss the legal issues related fundraising and public schools, including in-school fundraising by students; school-sanctioned vs. unsanctioned fundraising efforts; fundraising by third-party organizations; fundraising by loosely affiliated s groups such as booster clubs and educational foundations; crowdfunding by school personnel and non-school personnel and more. She will also address legal issues related to the acceptance of gifts by outside donors as well as the increasingly-common practice of facilities naming in recognition of financial donations.

In her presentation, Ms. Gilsbach will touch upon legal issues and suggest proactive, legally-defensible best practices and protocols that schools can put into place to prevent many common legal issues. She also will address such topics as establishing policies aimed at “recognition” vs. “approval” of booster clubs, foundations, and other dedicated support organizations; do’s and don’ts regarding naming school facilities after individuals; legally-defensible procedures for permitting and restricting third-party donations; establishing legally-defensible crowdfunding policies; Title IX compliance obligations with regards to gifts and donations; endowment funds and more.

What You Will Learn:

In this webinar, Ms. Gilsbach will address:

  • Liability and open-forum issues related to in-school fundraising by students.
  • Legal issues related to fundraising on behalf of the school by 3rd-party individuals/organizations.
  • Establishing legally-defensible protocols for acceptance of gifts/funds from third-party donors.
  • Title IX issues related to booster club and other third-party fundraising.
  • Setting parameters for school-related groups such as booster clubs and educational foundations.
  • And much more!

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