LSAC Corporate Donations Policy 


All nonprofit organizations require funding to achieve their goals. Corporate donations and sponsorship are important sources of funding by which a non-profit organization achieves its mission. Concerns often arise that accepting corporate funds may give the appearance of or actually compromise the ethical integrity of an organization. The establishment of an Executive Committee-approved Corporate Donations Policy safeguards against such compromises by clarifying for both potential sponsors and the community at large the requisite criteria used by the organization in soliciting and accepting corporate funding.


A. CORPORATE ELIGIBILITY LSAC will gratefully accept monetary or in-kind donations from any business entity (“Corporation”) that meets the following eligibility criteria:

1. The Corporation is not engaged in business activities that conflict in whole or in part with the goals of LSAC or any of its specific programs.

2. The Corporation has not attempted to manipulate or influence the activities, policies, mission, and/or goals of LSAC or any of its specific programs.

3. The Corporation’s donation is unrestricted, i.e., no conditions or requirements are being proposed by the Corporation that must be satisfied by LSAC to secure the donation. This does not preclude a Corporation from making a donation that is earmarked for a specific purpose or program activity.

B. CONFLICT OF INTEREST In addition to the aforementioned eligibility criteria, potential conflicts of interest will be avoided by adherence to the following requisite criteria for all corporate donations.

1. Donations will not be accepted in exchange for a position on the Executive Committee of LSAC, nor will LSAC solicit funds in exchange for a position on the Executive Committee.

2. Executive Committee members affiliated with a Corporation will recuse themselves from any Executive Committee vote related to LSAC’s relationship with that Corporation.

3. Executive Committee members and persons in key staff positions in LSAC may not have a financial relationship with a potential corporate sponsor such that their personal financial interests and the financial interests of LSAC or its programs may be perceived to be or may actually be in conflict. Serious financial conflicts of interest as described herein must be resolved before LSAC may accept a donation from a corporate sponsor with which a conflict exists.



1. LSAC will provide any Corporation that wishes to donate to the program a copy of the LSAC Corporate Donations Policy prior to acceptance of the donation.

2. LSAC will provide a copy of the Corporate Donations Policy to any individual or organization that requests it.

3. LSAC will keep its Corporate Donations Policy on its website.


1. LSAC will establish and implement funding development policies that promote well-balanced sources of funding such that ideally, LSAC is not primarily funded by one or two corporate sponsors.

2. When LSAC sends out a request for program support, requests will be sent to all potentially appropriate sponsors to avoid the appearance of or inadvertently establishing a preferential relationship with any single corporate sponsor.

3. In the event that LSAC is approached by a Corporation to partner on a special project or program, the Executive Committee must evaluate the request. Such projects will only be undertaken with majority Executive Committee approval.