Question: PTO Board End of Year Dinner

Can PTO funds pay for the End of the Year Dinner for just the PTO Board of the school?

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Some boards may do that. But other boards feel that it's best to spend their own money for an end-of-year dinner to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Technically, PTOs should be spending money on programs/events that directly benefit the students and the school community. So, some folks could argue that an end-of-the year dinner isn't directly contributing to either one.

Community Advice

C S writes:
Up until now, our board has remained very conservative about spending money on anything that doesn't benefit all of the children and staff. I would definitely advise against a pto paid dinner, as your parents genuinely donated money to spend on programs for their children, not you the volunteers. Besides, you didn't volunteer to be rewarded with a dinner or some other material accolades did you? You did it because you wanted to help the kids--so continue doing that by spending the money so generously entrusted to you to spend on the kids. How about a potluck instead? The last thing any pto wants is to be investigated or sued for impropriety.

Community Advice

hufflora writes:
A dinner just for board members would be inappropriate. We do hold a Volunteer Breakfast for all our wonderful school, classroom and PTO vounteers. Its a combination pot luck/funded event. Teachers and staff each sign up to bring items. If we have a lot of volunteers that year, the PTO will contribute for additional items if neccessary.

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