Fundraising and the Purpose of PTA

Promotion of the PTA mission should be the primary emphasis in PTA. PTA’s mission is “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

When PTAs invest their human resources in programs that improve homes, schools and communities, they provide benefits for children and youth with very small outlays of money. PTA-sponsored programs can provide enrichment activities for families. PTAs can work with other community organizations on community-wide issues that match up to PTA priorities.

All funds generated by a PTA, including the local portion of dues, should be predetermined and budgeted for purposes that advance PTA work, such as participating on committees, and undertaking projects and programs. Participation in state and national PTA conventions is an appropriate and important use of PTA funds.

National PTA encourages local PTAs to utilize fundraisers in which only adults, not children, are active fund raisers.