Fundraising with the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
Why fundraise through the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop?
AAPS school groups have raised many thousands of dollars to support teams, clubs, classrooms, groups, choirs, orchestras, bands, and others on field trips, travel, and many other enrichment and extra-curricular activities.
Fundraising proceeds help offset growing costs for travel, equipment, uniforms, special events, entry fees and more. Schools, groups, clubs and teams working together with the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop can help make these valuable activities more affordable for all students.
Our fundraising opportunities are available for all Ann Arbor Public Schools PTOs, clubs, organizations, and school-sponsored student enrichment activities.
We are a nonprofit working for our local community by supporting the Ann Arbor Public Schools, its PTOs and its students with fundraising opportunities, reselling usable-donated merchandise (recycling), and employing local residents with full- and part-time work opportunities.
How does a school get started?
- Every Ann Arbor Public School’s PTO has a volunteer liaison with the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop: this is your School Rep. What’s a “Rep”? Having a School Rep is required in order to participate in our fundraising activities. If your school doesn’t have a representative, please consider signing up to be one.
- Individual clubs, booster clubs and arts/music groups can have their own reps to insure they are informed of all opportunities available for fundraising.
- Contact us by email: each rep is responsible for emailing their school/club/group name, their name and their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to insure they will receive any communication sent out regarding fundraising and promotions.
- Review our Fundraising Activities and decide what your group would like to do.
When do school PTOs receive the funds?
The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop distributes the earnings from fundraising activities to PTOs throughout the school year, beginning in September and finishing in May.
Funds earned throughout the school year are tabulated and distributed in the next scheduled profit distribution following the fundraising activity. Our regular scheduled payouts include SEPTEMBER (for fundraising activities completed from June through September), JANUARY (for fundraising activities completed from October through January), and MAY (for fundraising activities completed from February through May).
Itemized fundraising earnings are sent to the school PTO treasurer for allocation or distribution to each participating group within their school. We cannot send checks to individual booster clubs or arts/music groups – only to the school PTO/PTSO.
Groups receiving Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop funds are responsible for compliance with IRS regulations regarding 501(c)(3) fundraising (i.e. funds must benefit the group as a whole, not any one individual or individuals).