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Atascadero USD |  BP  3290  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Gifts, Grants And Bequests   

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The Board of Trustees may accept any gift, grant or bequest of money, property or service to the district from any individual, private agency or organization, or other public agency that desires to support the district/s educational program. While greatly appreciating suitable donations, the Board shall reject any gift which may directly or indirectly impair its authority to make decisions in the best interest of district students or its ability or commitment to provide equitable educational opportunities for all District students.

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

Before accepting any gift, grant or bequest, the Board shall carefully consider conditions or restrictions imposed by the donor to ensure their consistency with the district's vision, philosophy, and operations. If the Board believes the district will be unable to fully satisfy the donor's conditions, the gift shall not be accepted.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

In addition, the Board shall ensure that acceptance of the gift, grant, or bequest does not:

1. Involve creation of a program which the Board would be unable to sustain when the donation is exhausted.

2. Entails undesirable or excessive costs

3. Promote the use of violence, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol or the violation of any law or district policy

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

4. Imply endorsement of any business or product or unduly commercialize or politicize the school environment

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

Any gift of books and instructional materials shall be accepted only if they meet regular District criteria for selection of instructional material.

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

All gifts, grants and bequests shall become District property. Donors are encouraged to donate all gifts to the District rather than to a particular school. At the Superintendent or designee's discretion, a gift may be used at a particular school.

When any gift of money received by the district is not immediately used, it shall be placed in the county treasury in accordance with law. (Education Code 41030-41031)

Gifts to School and School Personnel

The Superintendent or designee shall have authority to accept gifts that have a value of $250 (two hundred fifty dollars) or less. If the gift exceeds $250 in value it shall be brought to the Board for acceptance. Should any individual or organization wish to make a gift to the District, the Superintendent or Board, by acceptance of the gift, does not establish a precedent, or agree to any condition for expenditure of District funds to maintain that gift nor to provide like items for any other school in the District. Only the Board may determine the expenditures to maintain a gift.


The Board may show appreciation for any donation to the district in any manner it deems appropriate. Such appreciation may take the form of letters of recognition or Board resolutions; plaques, commendations, or awards; planting of commemorative trees or gardens; or naming or renaming of buildings, grounds or facilities. Conferment of any such honor shall be in accordance with applicable Board policy.

(cf. 1150 - Commendations and Awards)

(cf. 7310 - Naming of Facility)

Legal Reference:


1834 Acquisition of materials and apparatus

35160 Powers and duties

35162 Power to sue, be sued, hold and convey property

41030 School district may invest surplus monies from bequest or gifts

41031 Special fund or account in county treasury

41032 Authority of school board to accept gift or bequest; investments; gift of land requirements

41035 Advisory committee

41036 Function of advisory committee

41037 Rules and regulations

41038 Applicability of other provisions of chapter

Management Resources:


California Consortium of Education Foundations:


adopted: April 4, 2000 Atascadero, California

revised: March 13, 2000

revised: September 4, 2012