All Board Member positions should be filled and their role and duties understood. Committee chairpersons should be in place and have their committee contacts and objectives.
Teachers are an important part of the Parent Teacher Organization. As Teachers, it is beneficial to work with the parents for planning purposes to ensure the PTO group compliments the mission of the school and classroom.
Today, being involved in your child's school life is critically important. Being part of your PTO is a great way to stay informed and involved.
Your Parent Group
Talk with your principal, district and attorney - know the laws of your state.
Information about how to apply for IRS recognition of tax-exempt status. • Annual Reporting & Filing 990-series forms, requirements, and filing tips • Revoked? Reinstated? • EO Select Check • Educational Products, Workshops and Seminars for Exempt Organizations • How to Stay Exempt
• Research, write a plan, incorporate. •Establish Your Name • File your Incorporation Paperwork • Apply for Non-Profit Federal and State Tax Exemptions • Create Corporate Bylaws • Appoint Initial Directors and Hold your First Board Meeting • Get Necessary Licenses, Permits
Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.
Getting To It
Create By-Laws for your group, Write up the Forms, Make sure there are Position Descriptions for the Board and Committees, Align your Communications (emails, website, social media, flyers, etc.), Decide on your group's Goals, Make and Execute your Plans, Start Fundraising.
Volunteers are donating their time, they are not employees...
It is vital to remember this. It will make your life easier. It can sometimes be frustrating when we might set high expectations for something or someone and when it comes time for them to be the volunteer, their thoughts may be different then what you had in mind. Parent Volunteers are helping out to be a part of their child's school experience. They want to contribute. So do yourself a favor and be thankful they are involved - keep the communication line open and the task clear. It will serve all much better.
- Ask for volunteers through communications and at open house.
- Be sure to follow up with them, even if what they volunteered for is full.
- Give clear instruction on the objective.
- Remember to thank them and see if there is anything else they would like to participate in.
- Discuss ideas with principal
- Keep communication open
- Stay on objective
- Follow up - review
- Brainstorm as a board
- Be open to hear from all group members
- Vote if need be
- Write up your goals and inform all
- Review your goals
- Write a plan
Raise Money for your Purpose
There are many ways to get the funds you need to fulfill your objectives. Do what is right for your group.
Support Field Trips
Talk with teachers to see if they could use your support and talk with your principal.
Bring culture and educational events to your school. Compliment a current theme.
Whether it be a new playground, smartboards, tablets, special events, teachers, etc.