Be cautious about third-party solicitations.

May 15, 2014

From time to time people attempt to use emotional solicitations regarding children for personal profit.  The “pitch” usually goes something like this.  “I’d like to give you the opportunity to improve character in our schools by providing a donation to purchase some of these little books for children at school.”  Or, “With your help we can eliminate drug abuse in our community by putting this program in every third grade classroom.  All it takes is a small donation on your part.”

If you encounter any solicitations like the ones described above, stop the solicitor and ask several questions.  First question:  Who are you?  Second question: Who authorized you to solicit money on behave of our schools.  Third question: Can you show me any documentation (letter, etc.) that authorizes you to collect money for the school?  Fourth question:  Can I get your name, address and telephone number so I can ask the school about your solicitation of my money?

If you are a local business owner, you should be especially careful.  Local businesses are usually the first to be targeted in solicitations like this.  The school district and the sixteen individual schools do not endorse or support solicitations by non-school third-parties.

When funding solicitation is necessary for programs, materials, activities or advertising events, the requests should come directly from a school or the school district.  School-based requests will involve school staff or students representing a specific school, school club or school organization.   The only exceptions are longstanding non-profit school support organizations like the Haywood County School Foundation, school sanctioned booster clubs or authorized Parent Teacher Association.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | May 15, 2014 10:26

Good stuff.  Do classrooms anymore allow fundraising in them?  Long ago we students sold candy bars for the PTA.  BIG money generators.  Richard Marcus always won the prizes because his father NASCAR driver Dave Marcus would take him to the races where he sold hundred or thousands of bars.  It was a fun distraction for us young students.


Fast-forward 30 years.  What do PTAs do today?  Take a peek at the PTA national website:  and click on the "Public Policy Agenda".  As Dr. Nolte suggests, do your homework before you give donations.  Most PTAs that I know of are on mission and not political.  I have seen one (in Greensboro) that was not on-mission and I always wondered what happens to the dues that are sent in to the national organization from those candy bar and wrapping paper sales.


Parent involvement in their child's education is ALWAYS GREAT!

Posted by: Scott Lilly | May 15, 2014 10:32

Case in point: "National PTA opposes any private school choice proposal and/or voucher system that diverts public funds to private or sectarian schools."


So does this mean PTA dollars will not go toward candidates that support school choice / vouchers?


For those that think school choice is a good idea, I'll bet you never thought about what you might be supporting when your young child comes home and asks for $10 for a PTA pizza party in school.  (Not saying that happens in Haywood schools.  But it does happen in Charlotte schools.)


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