Starting a PTO

  • PTO Today Article

    How To Start a PTO

    Step-by-step tips for getting a new parent group up and running at your school.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Switching From PTA to PTO

    Key steps if your group is planning to change from a PTA to an independent PTO.

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  • Expert Guide

    Startup Toolkit

    Our comprehensive guide walks you through all the essential steps to make your group a successful independent entity.

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    Tax-Exemption and Nonprofit Status: What PTOs Should Know

    Our guide to the legal terms related to 501(c)(3) status and incorporation for school PTOs and PTAs.

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    Bylaws/Nonprofit Resources

    Articles and tools for creating, revising, and understanding your PTO bylaws, creating sound policies, and becoming a nonprofit PTO with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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    PTO vs. PTA

    What's the difference between PTO and PTA? Does it matter? Expert insight on this issue, including how-tos and FAQs on switching from PTA to PTO.

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    Finance & Budget

    Tools, tips, and advice on creating a school PTO budget and managing finances from our experts and other parent group leaders.

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  • Finance & Budget

    Easily Manage Your Group's Finances

    With Finance Manager software, now any parent volunteer can easily manage funds, customize a budget, and monitor spending. Try a free 30-day trial today!

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    Planning & Organization

    Everything you need to know to get your group organized and running efficiently.

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  • Communications

    Parent Group Acronym Logos

    Logos for PTOs, PTCs, HSAs, PTSOs, PTCs, etc., each in several different colors and two sizes. These logos have no school name attached, so they can be used by any group!

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  • Topic Page

    Officers & Board

    Everything you need to know and more about serving on your parent group's committees or executive board.

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  • Free Resource

    New Leader Kit

    Tools and tips to strengthen your skills, develop new tactics, and help you become an even more effective leader. Free download with registration.

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  • Video Series

    8 Habits for Successful PTOs and PTAs

    Expert advice and practical tips on how to run a successful PTO or PTA, in a nine-part video keynote by Tim.

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  • Bylaws/Nonprofit

    Know Your Group's Legal Status

    Answers to frequently asked questions about your parent group’s tax-exempt status and other legal topics.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Get Your PTO Up and Running

    Follow this road map for how to create a successful PTO or PTA. We outline key steps to success, beyond the organizational basics.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Defining the Role of a PTO

    What role should your PTO play? That answer will change as the needs of your school community change.

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    Creating a Long-Term Plan

    Strategic long-term planning can help your group reach its goals.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Make Planning a Priority

    Think ahead for fall and get a jump-start on a productive year.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Create a Mission Statement

    Talking clearly and intentionally about group goals can inspire your PTO and help make decisions to achieve them.

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