Why Your School Needs a PTA

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PTA
A PARENT GROUP UNLIKE ANY OTHER
The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a
reality by engaging and empowering families and communities
PTA is:
 A powerful voice for all children.
 A relevant resource for families and communities.
 A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every
child.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PTA ORGANIZATION
 Members become part of a powerful network of almost 5 million
people who advocate on behalf of all children.
 Members benefit from a 115‐year‐old brand synonymous with service
and advocacy for children.
 Members will receive invitations to the NJPTA convention, national
convention, legislative days, summer leadership workshops,
diversity events and county/regional trainings.
 NJPTA hosts an organizational meeting, assists in setting up bylaws,
filing paperwork, and securing non‐profit status.
 NJPTA representatives will work with you to establish and manage
your PTA.
 NJPTA resources will be provided to help you run an effective PTA.
There is no fee for this service.
WHAT CAN PTA DO FOR YOUR SCHOOL
 Increases parent involvement and volunteerism.
 Implements programs to enhance arts, education, promote healthy
lifestyles.
 Helps qualify for grants and awards to support such programs.
 Communicates with families more effectively.
 Helps partner with other community organizations.
 Enhances fundraising efforts.
PTA HAS OVER 100 YEARS OF
PARENT INVOLVEMENT EXPERIENCE
 PTA is the forefront of boosting parent involvement
everywhere.
 PTA connects school communities across the country.
 PTA fights for Federal funding.
 PTAs run units locally, to best serve their schools.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INVOLVEMENT
5 GREAT REASONS TO BE PART OF PTA
 Be in the know – keeps you up-to-date with what’s happening in your
school.
 Access great resources – information on important topics is
available.
 Build relationships – helps you to connect with other families.
 Hone your skills – opportunities to use your talents.
 Speak up – suggest changes at your school and in your community.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT WITHOUT THE LIABILITIES
 PTAS are nonprofits that must adhere to standards of
affiliation and meet IRS requirements.
 PTA funds are independent of school funds. The PTA has
control of these funds and not the Principal.
 PTA leaders receive training and tools on organizational
management, family engagement, and community building to
improve the school environment.
WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS TYPES OF PTAS
EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
(Preschool Groups)
LOCAL PTA
(Elementary, Middle School , High School)
LOCAL PTSA
(Parent Teacher Student Association)
LOCAL SEPTA
(Special Education Parent Teacher Association)
WHAT DOES NATIONAL PTA HAVE TO OFFER
 Advocacy - members can subscribe to PTA action alerts and can
advocate by using national toolkits.
 Millions of dollars in grants to help build PTA capacity and skills.
 Invests more than $1.4 million— 41% of its budget—in recruiting,
training and supporting our state and local leaders.
 Resources - 6 major programs, 5 award & grant programs, annual
convention , a national legislative conference, our children magazine,
website, 4 e-newsletters , membership marketing materials, elearning courses, idea‐sharing network, and live workshops.
 Cost savings from national retailers and other PTA partners.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO BECOME A PTA
THERE IS NO FEE TO FILE AS A NON-PROFIT SINCE LOCAL
PTAS FALL UNDER NJPTA
ONCE A GROUP DECIDES TO FORM A PTA, NJPTA -
 Works with you on establishing your bylaws.
 Hosts an organizational meeting.
 Assists in filling out the necessary paperwork for securing a
non-profit status (EIN, 501c3).
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS?
 NJ Incorporation fee - $75
 Charities Registration fee - $30 (for organizations raising less than
$25)
 Insurance for your PTA – varies, depends on how many members you
have.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A PTA? LETS VOTE!
ELECT A STEERING COMMITTEE
 TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN
 TEMPORARY SECRETARY
ELECT TEMPORARY COMMITTEES
 BYLAWS COMMITTEE – 3 PEOPLE
 NOMINATING COMMITTEE - 3 PEOPLE
 MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – 1 PERSON
SEND A FLYER OR E-MAIL TO INFORM PARENTS THAT YOU ARE FORMING A PTA
AND THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR OFFICERS.
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SET A DATE FOR THE NEXT MEETING – AT THAT MEETING, YOU WILL:
ADOPT THE BYLAWS
ELECT NEW OFFICERS
COLLECT MEMBERSHIP DUES
WHAT POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PTA
YOUR PTA CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS
AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS
OFFICERS POSITIONS
PRESIDENT
VICE-PRESIDENT
TREASURER
RECORDING SECRETARY
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
COMMITTEE CHAIRS
MEMBERSHIP
BYLAWS
NOMINATING
FUNDRAISING
PUBLICITY
HOSPITALITY
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
ANY QUESTIONS???
CONTACT INFORMATION
NEW JERSEY PTA OFFICE
609-587-0100
NJPTA WEBSITE
WWW.NJPTA.ORG
NATIONAL PTA
WWW.PTA.ORG
THANKS FOR LETTING NJPTA VISIT WITH YOU TONIGHT!
HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!

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