The Illinois PTA has a group exemption with the Internal Revenue Service which gives the participating local units 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Non-PTA Groups are required to pay up to $850 to apply for this status. The Illinois PTA provides free training for any PTA member responsible for handling monies and maintaining IRS requirements for their non-profit organization, as well as complying with state of Illinois tax statutes, etc.
The Illinois PTA offers leadership training courses free of charge to its members. These courses provide self-improvement training, which enables members to function well as PTA leaders as well as in other community activities. In addition, members have access to National PTA online courses on various leadership topics.
The Illinois PTA has trained volunteers and staff available to assist with programs, problem solving, resources, etc. Free workshops and speakers are available to local units and councils.
Low cost insurance is available to PTA units; General Liability, Property, Bonding (Employee Dishonesty), and Theft of Money and Securities. Other Parent Groups are paying almost $500/year for liability insurance — compared to PTA rates of $150-$200/year.
The PTA has legislative committees at both the state and national levels that continuously work to promote laws that benefit children.
The PTA offers recognition of student talents’ in the cultural arts, through the National PTA Reflections
Program. (Categories include visual arts, literature, music, dance, film and photography).
The PTA has representation on various state advisory boards and councils, such as the Illinois State
Board of Education, the Illinois Curriculum Council, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
As a member of a local PTA unit you automatically become a member of that National PTA, which is
more than 5 Million members strong, with members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the
US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Pacific Congress. With over 5 Million voices speaking for laws that benefit children across the nation, the PTA is the largest association that works on behalf of our children, who cannot speak for themselves.
As a local unit member you also automatically become a member of the Illinois PTA that maintains a membership of over 135,000. The Illinois PTA focuses on issues that are important to families and children in Illinois, specifically, In addition we serve your local unit via phone and e-mail to answer questions you may have throughout the year.
The PTA juvenile protection projects include working with state agencies on problems of child abuse and neglect, missing and exploited children, runaways, latchkey children, corporal punishment and juveniles in the courts
The PTA safety projects include school crossings, school buses, seat belts, cell phone use in school zones, child seat restraints, school playgrounds, fire protection, and bicycle and skateboard safety.