Submitted by guest blogger Nicole Brown
Ever wonder where all that PTA money goes? I did. Not because I didn’t trust the people in charge but because there’s not always enough time during a meeting to get the whole picture.
Prior to becoming a board member, I was a parent, just like you, sitting in a PTA meeting, listening to the treasurer’s report. I remember being impressed at the budget numbers. . . PTA really raises a lot of money each year. But I have to admit, I was confused when someone made a suggestion to spend money on something that felt worthwhile. The message I heard was there wasn’t really money for it. Huh? Surely there was $500 somewhere, right?
Fast forward to today. I am a new board member with a better understanding of how it all works, where the money goes and just how quickly it gets put to use. What I’ve learned is that every dollar has a purpose directly tied to PTA’s mission.
My guess was that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t understand so I set out to find a way to explain it. I am a visual learner by nature (and a graphic designer by trade) so an infographic made sense to me. The attached is my way of helping you understand all that the PTA supports and just how much money is allocated to each category.
A few things I hope you’ll notice:
- The list of things that the PTA supports was longer than I expected
- The largest portion of our budget is allocated to those programs that benefit the kids directly
- The dollars raised come primarily from our own pockets; we currently don’t have corporate sponsors or enlist your children to sell things door to door
This was an enlightening exercise and I have a much better appreciation for all that goes into keeping this ship we call the ‘PTA’ afloat. Because a graphic can’t explain everything, you may have questions so feel free to email anytime. Or if you’re a spreadsheet kind of person and want to dive into the details, here’s the budget for the 2016/17 school year. The PTA board believes in transparency and is always happy to answer any questions you have.