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District School Board of Niagara
Policy School Operations

G-20 Sponsorships, Scholarships, Donations, Partnerships for Learning

Date Feb 2010
Review Feb 2015

The Board recognizes the importance of establishing partnerships for effective learning with all sectors of the community, both public and private. Partnership programs, community use of school facilities, and the provision of co-operative education work placements by local businesses are but three examples of collaboration. While the Board attempts to provide facilities, equipment and other resources needed to support educational programs and co-curricular activities, it is not possible to provide everything that schools or communities may find desirable.

Therefore, the Board offers its support for the provision of assistance by individuals, businesses and community groups through agreements to provide human, material and financial resources, as well as encouragement and expertise. This assistance may include the provision of scholarships, bursaries, awards or prizes, the sponsorship of events, the purchase of uniforms and equipment, the donation of items, or the establishment or expansion of school facilities.

Each donation, sponsorship or partnership for learning must be compatible with the Mission and Goals, and Policies of the District School Board of Niagara, as well as the expressed purpose of the specific event, activity or program being sponsored.

Where questions arise regarding the appropriateness of the type and/or conditions of a proposed donation, sponsorship or learning partnership, the Director or other designated personnel should be consulted prior to finalizing such an agreement.

Any sponsorship or partnership whose conditions would apply to more than one school would require formal approval by theBoard.

    1. Commercial sponsorships of an event or program should be provided in the spirit of community involvement in the life of the school. The corporate sponsor's influence should not alter the competitive or qualitative nature of the activity or program in any way.
    2. Reference should be made to Administrative Procedure: Guidelines for the Public Recognition of Sponsorships, Donations, or Learning Partnerships.
    1. Individuals or corporations may offer scholarships, bursaries, prizes or awards to recognize excellence in student achievement in academic proficiency, or high level performance in sports, music, drama, etc. A scholarship or bursary may be a one time gift or offered on an ongoing basis.
    2. Money received for the purpose of establishing an ongoing scholarship shall be administered in trust by the Board.
    1. It is recognized that although a donor may make a presentation of money or an item to a specific school, all donations are the property of the District School Board of Niagara.
    2. All items and equipment donated must meet minimum standards, as determined by the Board or outside regulatory bodies, and must not create liabilities deemed unacceptable by the Board.

Tax receipts, when requested and appropriate, will be authorized by the Superintendent of Business, according to established procedures.


  • Administrative Procedure: Guidelines for the Public Recognition of Sponsorships, Donations, or Learning Partnerships