The Linn-Mar Board of Education believes that certain online fundraising campaigns, including crowdfunding campaigns, may further the interests of the district. The district has determined that donorschoose.org is the only approved crowdfunding source.
District employees wishing to post a project on donorschoose.org must submit a grant approval request form through the business office. Once the request is approved, the person may post the project on the website.
Any fundraising efforts conducted using the district’s name, symbols, or imagery will be conducted in accordance with all policies, regulations, and rules for fundraising within the district. Items raised by an online fundraising campaign will be the property of the district only upon acceptance by the school board and will be used only in accordance with the terms for which they were given as agreed to by the board.
Approval of requests will depend on factors including but not limited to:
- Compatibility with the district’s educational program, mission, vision, core values, and beliefs;
- Congruence with the district and school goals that positively impact student performance;
- The district’s instructional priorities;
- The manner in which donations are collected and distributed by the crowdfunding platform;
- Equity in funding; and
- Other factors deemed relevant or appropriate by the district.
If approved, the requestor is responsible for preparing all materials and information related to the online fundraising campaign and keeping district administration apprised of the status of the campaign.
The requestor is responsible for compliance with all state and federal laws and other relevant district policies and procedures. All items and money generated are subject to the same controls and regulations as other district property and are deposited or inventoried accordingly. No monies raised or items purchased will be distributed to individual employees.
Related Policy: 505.1; 801.5; 802.1; 1005.4; 1005.4-R; 1005.4-E1-E2
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8; 279.42; 565.6
IASB Reference: 704.6