Podcast: Club Donations
Haixin Guo: Hi, Iâ€™m Haixin.
Olivia Chiang: Hi, Iâ€™m Olivia.
Chiang: And today, weâ€™ll be talking about mandatory club donations. So the first problem is students who canâ€™t afford to pay the club fee. Say the average for joining a club is about $20; if you joined five clubs that would be $100.
Chiang: $100 is kind of a lot for a high school student to pay, so these fees do add up and if thatâ€™s the case, students are limited to how many clubs they are interested in and want to join.
Guo: In some instances, students pay the fee and then the club dies down or it doesnâ€™t do much or it even becomes inactive, so where exactly does the money go?
Chiang: A common question students have is they donâ€™t really know where the money is going or how itâ€™s being used, so these clubs that do charge a fee donâ€™t really say where itâ€™s going, and just kind of charge it automatically, so itâ€™s kind of unfair for students because they donâ€™t know what the money is being used for.
Guo: And also, what if students donâ€™t want a club shirt? For example, Key Club this year made their shirt optional, and the club fee was cheaper for those who didnâ€™t want the shirt.
Chiang: However, some clubs do charge money for club shirts, competitions, banquets and merchandise.
Guo: If youâ€™re going to charge for banquets, I think that it would be better to charge it right before the banquet, that way the students know exactly what their money goes toward.
Chiang: I think clubs should try to follow Key Clubâ€™s example this year to make their merchandise optional because I know some members donâ€™t exactly want a shirt they just want to participate in a club for the events they hold, so having the club shirt mandatory is kind of unreasonable for students to have to pay for. Another question is, â€śAre these donations really necessary?â€ť There are other ways for clubs to fund money; thereâ€™s selling food after school, partnering with restaurants outside of school and selling clothes, so those are other options for clubs to make money.
Guo: For example, I know that if you partner with Chipotle, about 50 percent of the proceeds go toward the organization or club, so thatâ€™s pretty much a viable option.
Chiang: Thank you.
ByÂ Olivia Chiang, Coverage LeadÂ and Haixin Guo, Copy Lead