Starting a PTO

Free Incorporation Guide
How To Incorporate a School PTO

How To Incorporate a School PTO

Don’t be intimidated by the process of incorporation! We cover the benefits, information you should know before you start, and the three key steps to follow.

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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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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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Free Leadership Guide
PTO and PTA New Leader Kit

New Leader? No Problem

All the know-how you need to be an effective and successful parent group leader, including tips for managing difficult people.

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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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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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Officers & Board

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

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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

501(c)(3) FAQs for Parent Groups

Answers to frequently asked questions about your PTO’s tax-exempt status, 501(c)(3) rules, and other legal topics.

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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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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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Make Planning a Priority

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

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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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