Sanctity of Life - Donations to Charities & Non-Profits

Background Information:

At the Regular Board Meeting held on February 20, 2018, Resolution #61/18 was passed:

WHEREAS, on January 19, 2014, Pope Francis wrote to the participants of the March for Life in France: “Let’s say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death” and

WHEREAS, donations are ways of asserting our “Yes” and our “No” for or against institutions which support or violate the upholding of the sanctity of life from conception to natural death,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), because it is a Catholic Institution, will not provide or facilitate any financial donations to any charities or non-profits that publicly support, either directly or indirectly, abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research. For the purposes of this motion, “public support” for the issues listed above ( i.e. abortion, contraception etc.…) is not support when privately expressed but is support when publically expressed on a website, in press material or found in some other public area.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Director of Education will provide a list of all charities and non-profits, which benefit from financial donations from the Board by the board meeting of February 20, 2018.


At the Regular Board Meeting held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the Board of Trustees passed a motion​ to incorporate into Policy V-04-School Fundraising Activities​, the requirements stipulated in Resolution #61/18.

The policy, once amended, will be sent out for stakeholder consultation to gather feedback from school councils, parents, students, staff and members of the community.​​​

Next Steps:

  1. The requirements in Resolution #61/18 will be incorporated into policy by staff. 
  2. Trustees will review the amendments to Policy V-04 at an upcoming Policy Committee Meeting.
  3. Once approved, the amended policy will be forwarded to a Regular Board Meeting for approval by the Board of Trustees to release the amended policy for stakeholder consultation.
  4. Once approved, the amended policy will be sent out for stakeholder consultation for a period of three weeks to gather feedback from school councils, parents, students, staff, and members of the community.
  5. The feedback received through the stakeholder consultation will be shared with the Board of Trustees for discussion at a future Regular Board Meeting.​​

NOTE: Resolution 61/18 remains in effect during this period of policy amendment and stakeholder consultation. At this time school fundraising efforts may only be directed to charities and/or non-profit organizations that meet the requirements in this resolution.


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