A booster club is an organization that is formed to support an associated club, sports team, or organization. The booster club can support this through raising funds or coordinating events.
While each operates differently, many booster clubs are organized and run by parents of the students in a particular organization.
Booster clubs are not social clubs. Rather, their main purpose is to develop support and raise funds for the student program. Many times booster clubs are formed to help enhance programs that may have shrinking budgets.
How to start a booster club –
One way for parents to support their child’s sports team or organization is to join that group’s booster club. But what if there isn’t one? How can you start one?
Forming a booster club is the same process as creating any type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Here are some steps that will guide you in starting your new nonprofit booster club:
- Make a plan. Who will you serve? What is your mission?
- Select a name. Usually, school-based booster club simply call themselves “(Name of Organization) Booster Club.”
- Recruit an initial board of directors. Who is a part of your initial planning team?
- Draft and file documents to become a state nonprofit corporation (or other appropriate state entity).
- Prepare internal governance (bylaws) and hold an initial meeting.
- Apply for an EIN (similar to a social security number, but for a business).
- Apply for 501c3 tax-exempt status with the IRS, so that you can raise funds for the organization and your projects.
- Apply for state exemptions and other needed permits.
Whoa…this is a lot more complex than just raising funds for a special project…
Yes. If your donors want to donate to your cause, you may need this special IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Why can’t the school do this?
In many states, there are certain regulations on what types of fundraising the school can be engaged in. And in many states, high school level school administrators cannot be involved in the booster club organization (other than approving activities held at the high school).
The Cullinane Law Group works with a small number of larger Texas booster clubs.