Catholic schools engage in fundraising activities for two distinct purposes:
As Catholic schools are part of the mission of the church, it is appropriate that schools engage in social action and social justice activities which are both educative and practical in outcomes. Such activities should occur within the structures, ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church.
Catholic schools should ensure that students, staff and families are offered opportunities to engage in social action and social justice activities.
Preference in fundraising should always be given to official agencies of the Catholic Church. It is expected that all schools support:
Support for other agencies should be assessed using the following criteria:
It is important to note that funds raised for a particular organisation or purpose must be given to that organisation or purpose. They cannot be diverted to another purpose after they are raised.
Micah Homelessness Services (www.bhsc.net.au) provides a range of centre-based and outreach support services to individuals and families. Services include:
At the present time we have supported the Heart Foundation every second year by participating in the Jump Rope for Heart Program. While this organisation may not meet all of the criteria suggested above, the death of a much-loved parent due to a heart condition inspired us to provide support. The health and physical aspect of ‘Jump Rope’ also fits well into our curriculum.
At St Elizabeth’s, we are conscious of demands placed on families, particularly those demands that require a financial commitment. For this reason, limitations are placed on the amount of fundraising that is done in the school.
The School Fete is our major fundraiser for the year. Parents are asked to contribute by supporting Free Dress Days. This usually involves a gold coin donation or bringing in an item to be used at the fete (e.g., books, soft drink). Donations such as baking items are also sought.
Other activities exist in the school in which funds may be raised (e.g., Tuckshop, Uniform Shop, Mother’s Day Stall). The main intent of these activities, however, is to provide a service and cover costs as opposed to fundraising.