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Merging our PTA & PTO into one organization

7 years 6 months ago #160435 by KDHuber
I am in California and we had a similar situation at my school a few years ago. The school had two parent groups, a Booster and PTA but very low parent involvement outside of the classrooms and the same 6-8 parents at both meetings...in a school of 1500+ students and over 900 families!! We decided to find a way to merge but after much investigation, the easiest route for us was to dissolve the Booster and merge its officers into the PTA. There has been some discontent with the fundraising and the "red tape" involved in being a PTA versus a Booster, but those rules/regs. really have helped ensure we stay within IRS guidelines, which is even more important as the Booster is still dealing with the IRS two years after its dissolution due to poor record keeping!!
The confusion amongst the community of having two organizations will create havoc over time. No one has a clear idea of which group is doing what or why. Merging to one group is much, much better. Even being a PTA, we do fundraising of close to $200000 per year for the school and still pull off all the family fun events. If you are basically running two groups with the same volunteers anyhow, there is no point in maintaining all the extra records and paperwork not to mention the dual meetings! Don't kill the volunteers...simplify!
1 month 2 weeks ago #173170 by Stephanie Potter
Replied by Stephanie Potter on topic Merging our PTA & PTO into one organization
Hi! This is exactly what we are trying to do. Do you have bylaws we could see and use it as we draft our own.
If so, do you mind sharing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?

Any suggestions to someone just getting this started?
Thanks so much in advance!
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