The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes that schools are continually striving to provide the best learning environment and opportunities for their students. The DSBN endorses a collaborative approach to fundraising initiatives by schools, students, parent groups, student councils and school councils that is consistent with the DSBN’s Strategic Plan and with individual school plans for continuous improvement. School-based fundraising is a local activity, and the DSBN believes that the goals of fundraising go beyond money to reflect the creative and collaborative efforts of parents, students, teachers and the school community as such, should reflect the values of the school community. Underlying these efforts is the belief that it is not the responsibility of parents or school communities to raise funds for basic educational requirements but rather that school communities may raise funds to enhance programs and support school initiatives.
Any fundraising activities that involve the sale of food and beverages on school premises must comply with the School Food and Beverage Policy (Policy/Program Memorandum 150). The nutrition standards set out in the policy do not apply to fundraising activities that occur off school premises.
Fundraising activities must also be compliant with:
Complementary to Publicly Funded Education:
School-generated funds are funds that are raised and collected in the school or broader community in the name of the school by a school- or parent-administered group, including school councils. These funds, which are administered by the school, are raised or collected from sources other than the school board’s operating and capital budgets.
These sources include proceeds from fundraising activities, fees for supplementary learning materials and activities and corporate donations.
Fundraising is any activity, permitted under a school board’s policy, to raise money or other resources, that is approved by the school Principal and for which the school provides the administrative processes for collection. Fundraising activities may also be supported by the school council or a school fundraising organization operating in the name of the school. Such activities may take place on or off school property.
The school community refers to students, parents and guardians, school administrators, and staff, members of the broader community and partners, as well as others, who support the local school and student achievement.
Principals may grant approval to raise money for and/or otherwise participate on a voluntary basis in fundraising in support of non-profit organizations operating in the interest of children or the community at large. Consistency with DSBN policies and procedures should be considered when conducting any fundraising activity.
Principals are required to ensure that school-initiated canvassing and fundraising are conducted and reported in a manner consistent with DSBN Policy and Administrative Procedures regarding Financial Accountability of School Based Funds.
School Council and Parent Group activities have liability insurance coverage through the Ontario School Boards' Insurance Exchange (O.S.B.I.E.) if the activity has been approved by the Principal, AND school staff are assisting or involved in the planning and supervision of the activity.
However, the Board's liability coverage may not apply to some School Council and Parent Group activities, which may necessitate the School Council or Parent Group obtaining independent liability insurance for activities that are NOT under the jurisdiction of the DSBN.