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Membership Dues



Membership is effective as soon as dues are paid although certain rights may not activate until thirty days after dues are paid, such as the right to make motions, debate, hold an elected office, and vote. A portion of the membership dues collected stays in your unit. Membership campaigns are not to be considered fundraisers. Dues should be kept affordable so that everyone can join.

A portion of the membership dues (known as per capita) is sent through channels to the council, district, state and National PTA. These pass through monies are used to support those levels of PTA who, in return, support the unit with leadership, training, advocacy and other needed services.

Membership dues may differ in amount in each PTA and are listed in the local unit PTA bylaws. Dues amounts can only be changed by updating the unit bylaws and submitting them through channels for approval by the California State PTA parliamentarian.

The dues portion not belonging to the unit must be forwarded through channels at least monthly. Once dues have been forwarded through channels, dues cannot be refunded to an individual member. To remain in good standing, a unit must remit through channels the required per capita membership and insurance. The district PTA will be notified that the unit is “not in good standing” by the California State PTA office by December 15 if dues for at least 15 memberships have not been received. If dues are not received by March 31, the unit is delinquent and the unit’s charter shall be withdrawn by vote of the California State PTA Board of Managers at its April/May meeting.

Donations can be solicited, but must be kept separate from membership dues in all financial records and reports.

Members join at the unit PTA. As unit PTA members, they are also members of their council, district, California State PTA and National PTA, and are represented at these levels of PTA.


Some PTAs prefer to offer varied membership enrollment levels for students, school staff and families and donors. In each instance the amount of per-capita forwarded must be according to the council, district State and National PTA amounts. These membership packages require special attention by the membership chairman and the treasurer to assure members receive their memberships cards and the correct amounts are remitted to council and district PTA.

In article IV, Membership, Section 4, insert this language by hand or typewritten:

  • Each faculty member of the association shall pay annual per capita dues of ____dollars and ____ cents ($_____) to the association.
  • Each student member of the association shall pay annual per capita dues of ____dollars and ____ cents ($_____) to the association.
  • Each member of the association shall pay annual dues of _____dollars and ____cents ($_______) per member (also means per capita) to the association, or _____ dollars and _____ cents ($_____) per family of _____ (number) members.

For memberships which include various donation levels, insert this language in the Standing Rules:

The association may offer membership that includes an annual donation, for example:

  • $10 (ten dollars) per Silver membership, includes one membership;
  • $20 (twenty dollars) per Gold membership, includes one membership; or
  • $50 (fifty dollars) per Platinum membership, includes two memberships;

with portions to be forwarded to council and district PTA in accordance with Unit Bylaws, Section IV, Section 4 e.

Remitting Per Capita Dues to Your Council and Tenth District PTSA:

Each council per capita dues is different.  Please check with your council for the current per capita dues amount. Effective July 1, 2015, the Tenth District per capita dues is $1.25, State per capita dues is $2.00, and National PTA per capita dues is $2.25.  The total amount to remit to the Tenth District PTSA is $5.50.