CCSA Answers: Listing Donors in a Newsletter
May 9, 2014
Question: May a charter school which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation list donors in its newsletter?
Answer: Yes, 501(c)(3) corporations may acknowledge donors in print publications. Most nonprofits, including charter schools, publicly thank their donors. Schools should be careful, however, to emphasize that (1) these were voluntary contributions and (2) they did not represent a form of tuition. If a family donates as little as $1, the school is able to count them in its percentage of parent contributors, which is a compelling statistic when seeking funds from foundations and other major donors.