CCSA Answers: Listing Donors in a Newsletter

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May 29, 2018 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. It is a best practice, however, that the school obtain permission from donors before listing their names. Schools should also be careful 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.