Community Education program brochures Game plan for booster clubs - Page 7

Fundraisers Booster fundraisers and coaches’ fundraisers must be kept separate. Booster fundraisers are responsible for their own money and communications, just as coach/director fundraisers are responsible for their own money and own communications. Both should be aware of the others’ activities so the budget is built on sound numbers. Ideally, they should work collaboratively and support those involved in the activity. Donations The district prescribes how donations are made and recorded. Processes for boosters to donate to student programs should be discussed between the booster club, school, and coach. The district is under no obligation to accept donations from boosters. See page 11 for the district’s donation form. • Booster fundraisers cannot publicize donations as tax deductible unless they have received 501c3 status from the IRS. • It is illegal for boosters to raise funds and then distribute the funds to individual student accounts, because it would constitute private inurement (benefit). There can be no private benefit to an individual member of a nonprofit corporation, which could jeopardize the booster club’s tax-exempt status with the IRS. Advertising Booster clubs may use a variety of advertising techniques to promote their organization’s activities and to raise funds. Advertising that is planned for district venues (programs, banners, posters, etc.) must comply with the school district’s advertising policy. See pages 12 and 13 for the districts’ advertising policy. 3