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Are we a PTO?

1 year 2 months ago #172634 by cluelessmom
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Hi everyone! I'm brand new here and don't know if I'm posting in the correct category. So please forgive me if I am not, but I could really use some help.

My school has a parent association, but I was told it is not a PTA or a PTO. The name of the organization is an acronym that is a play on words for our mascot, but it seems to operate like a PTO. I became a member of it last year and volunteered to help with events, and in May I was elected president for the upcoming school year. The previous president only ran it for 1 year, and to be honest she seems pretty clueless herself when I ask questions. I reached out to another former president from years ago, and she is the person who told me we are not a PTO. She said our school used to have a PTO, but it was dissolved due so that members would not have to pay fees and this group was started instead. I am so confused! I thought any parent group aside from the PTA was considered a PTO. Is that not the case? If we are indeed a PTO, are there rules I should be following?

The group isn't very organized at all. It isn't incorporated and is not a 501(c)(3). Do I need to change that? It is a very small group and doesn't have much money, but I'd love to change that and see it grow. Any advice you can offer me is greatly appreciated!
1 year 2 months ago #172657 by CherylB
Replied by CherylB on topic Are we a PTO?
Hi Cluelessmom,

Any group that is not a PTA is an independent group and is governed by the groups bylaws. We do suggest to groups that they incorporate and become 501c3 so that you can receive donations. Here are some links to help you get going. www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...7-how-to-start-a-pto
www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...-to-write-pto-bylaws
www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...r-pto-up-and-running
Best of luck! Cheryl PTO Today
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