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Dear Nonprofiteer, Can we make Booster Club parents "Play or Pay"?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can we make Booster Club parents "Play or Pay"?
Dear Nonprofiteer: My daughter’s high school band has a contract with a local music venue under which the band operates two refreshment stands at the venue and in return receives a percentage of food and beverage sales. This produces a profit of more than $50,000 per year, so it’s important to the group. We have... Read more »

Who's missing from the education conversation? Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy

Who's missing from the education conversation?  Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy
Who’s missing from the education conversation?  Parents, students, non-AFT teachers and progressive philanthropy.  Is it possible that lack of representation pre-determines the outcome? Thanks to our colleague Rick Cohen at the Nonprofit Quarterly for his sound critique of a Forbes-sponsored forum on the subject.

Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens

Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens
This op-ed from Sunday’s New York Times is the clearest assessment yet of the troubling choice posed by our reliance on private donors to supply public goods: generosity or democracy?  Of course we’re grateful for assistance in the fight against malaria, or in efforts to improve our parks; but when we’re always depending on the... Read more »
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Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit require donations?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can a nonprofit require donations? My daughter takes band class at our local public high school. There is a parent group that supports the band. The parent group is a 501(c)(3) organization. Every year, the parent group decides on an operating budget which in turn determines what they call a “fair share” payment... Read more »

Public school funding should come from the public (duh)

Public school funding should come from the public (duh)
In the department of, “It’s about time someone said that!”–a group of wealthy people in Philadelphia condemn the use of philanthropy [especially by Eli Broad] to control public education, and argue that public school funding should come from the general public–or, as it’s sometimes called but only in whispers, taxation. H/T The Nonprofit Quarterly And... Read more »
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    • In reply to Leubna Asad:
      No, they cannot make mandatory any requirement to pay or participate: it's a public school, so children can't be excluded…
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      so, let me understand ... my child’s booster club at a public school for a sports team has issued a…
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      I don't have enough facts to answer. It's certainly legal for a booster club to solicit contributions from parents, and…
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      So, if a booster club is asked by staff to collect student fees for art supplies, then turns the fees…
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