DoD Knowledge Base: FAQs

Donation of Items for Fund-Raising Auctions/Events
Published: 05/29/2002 | Updated:  08/10/2015
We are having an auction at our organization to help raise money for a worthy cause and would love to have a donation from the Department of Defense. Can you help?
We regret to say that the Secretary of Defense may not provide an item for auction. Rules and regulations governing the conduct of the Department of Defense employees prohibit the use of our names--including the Secretary of Defense--on any collectible item. This policy, which is government-wide, simply reflects the practical limitations on the U.S. Government's ability to extend official support to every local, regional, national, or international charity. It carries no direct or indirect judgment on the worthiness of those charities or your event.