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What's your policy on school fundraisers?

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Question: Does your company have any policies or guidelines (implied or not) regarding employees who solicit purchases for their children’s school fundraisers?  -- Anonymous, California


Our company allows us to solicit purchases for fundraisers if the form is left it in the breakroom or it is worked on during breaks/lunch. We are not to use company email to tell everyone that "It's time to order Girl Scout Cookies!" or "your orders have arrived". We can only verbally advertise it and deliveries are to be done on our own time. As long as none of it conflicts with getting work done we are free to do this.

Ditto to above.

We keep the order sheets and catalogues in the employee lunch room. There are conversations in the area of the office where the public might be sitting or waiting, but we all try to keep it "hush hush" in the main lobby area. It's going to happen - parents are going to try to sell things on behalf of their kids, it's impossible to stay away from all of it all the time. At least keeping the order sheets and pricing info in the lunch room prevents the sales from taking over our work day and work space!

Most large companies have "no solicitations" policies that apply to ANY kind of fundraising or other activity on company premises that fall outside of "campaigns" such as United Way. This has been used very effectively in our organization to eliminate these school & church fundraisers which can really create tensions in the workplace and are often big time-wasters. It also applies those annoying & sometimes embarrassing requests for "donations" for gifts for co-workers such as baby shower & wedding gifts. But when a really worthy, legitimate charitable giving opportunity comes along, one can't simply e-mail one's co-workers to donate. "Legitimacy" is in the eye of the beholder! One is limited to soliciting one's friends and acquaintances OUTSIDE of work. And, just like politics and religion, that is where this matter BELONGS.

Yes, we do have a policy, it is no longer allowed along with selling Avon, Mary Kay, etc.

We too allow employees to bring in their children's fund raising books, etc but they are to be left in the lunch room ONLY. The employee can let others know of their fund raising project and that the books are in the lunch room, etc. This seems to work well so far and we have had no issues at all.

We let our employees keep their fundraisers in the lunchroom, but they are not allowed to "shop" during work and it is to be kept to during lunchbreak. We do not allow the mailroom or email to be used. We have had an employee's fund stolen by another employee before, so if stolen again, not our problem. For showers etc. we are on the verge of cancelling those because it is always a buzz around the office and too much gossip and talk go along with them. Occasionally the office has a fundraiser and the lobby and front counters etc, are allowed to be used, but this is at the owners approval. He will usually donate to those also, to help the involvement.

As others above, our company allows this type of solicitation only during non-working hours and in non-working areas. This means employees can sell cookies, etc for their children but only in the lunchroom during lunch, break, etc.

It is mentioned, in particular, during the new employee orientation that if you have a kid selling candy, etc. that it is ok to post it on our electronic bulletin board and that it is NOT ok to send an email to all staff. It has been well received by staff and I was especially pleased when I was looking for Girl Scout cookies that I could post a message on the electronic bulletin board to find someone selling them.

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