​​​​​Is your PTA in "Good Standing"?

In order to be considered an Indiana PTA Unit in “Good Standing” your unit must submit the following items to the Indiana PTA State Office.


  • Current Officers List
  • Current Bylaws – Reviewed and Approved every three (3) years
  • NEW REQUIREMENT - All units and councils must participate in an Indiana PTA sponsored training each year.
  • Membership Dues along with membership form hand delivered or postmarked by the November 15th deadline
  • A current Financial Report following the audit hand delivered or postmarked by the November 15th deadline to Indiana PTA
  • IRS Form 990/990-EZ or Form 990-N (e-postcard) - To file the electronic postcard (990-N) go to www.IRS.gov; click on the charities & non-profits tab; then click on Annual Electronic Filing requirement for small Exempt organizations – Form 990-N (e postcard); Go to the box titled “How to File” and follow the instructions Form 990N/990EZ/990 – copy hand delivered or postmarked by November 15th deadline to Indiana PTA.
  • The original NP-20 form must be sent to Indiana Department of Revenue with your Officers List and Form 990N/990EZ/990 - Form NP-20 – copy hand delivered or postmarked by November 15th deadline to Indiana PTA along with Form 990N/990EZ/990 and Financial Report from your audit.


Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Indiana State PTA Office.

If the items above are not on file in the Indiana PTA Office by the deadlines, your unit or council applications/submissions will not be considered for any awards, grants or programs.


Earn Your PTA's 2019-2020 Firefly Light Designation


Why Say’s Firefly?

PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States.  PTA advocates by supporting and speaking up for children in schools, communities and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. When children are learning the art of advocating with real life situations, we should hold them up as examples of our future generations.  Say’s Firefly being chosen as the Indiana State Insect is a great example of children advocating for something they believe in. It is also a symbol of accomplishment! The children, over a period of several years, had to persevere and work hard for what they accomplished.

Thus, the firefly is being utilized as Indiana PTA’s symbol of accomplishment. Each year when your unit or council is confirmed to be in Good Standing, your PTA will receive a certificate of recognition. Your unit or council will then be eligible to display Kayla the Firefly’s image. Put Kayla the Firefly on your website, social media, newsletter, etc. to show that you have accomplished the annual requirements of being a PTA in Good Standing!

About Say’s Firefly

Say’s Firefly, affectionately known by Hoosier children and adults alike as the “lightning bug”, was named after Posey County naturalist, Thomas Say, who named it in the 1800’s. Who cannot remember catching lightning bugs growing up or watching children catching lightning bugs?  This activity could be considered a Hoosier summer pastime!

When Kayla Xu, a second grader at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette, realized that Indiana was one of only three states that did not have a state insect, she and her classmates decided it was time to right this wrong. Their champion was Say’s Firefly!  Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, these children worked with legislators in their area, testified before the Senate’s Public Policy Committee and wrote letters to the General Assembly on behalf of naming Say’s Firefly as the state insect.

“This is a great way for young students to be involved in the civic process. It will promote good citizens, and it will bring attention to science and the outdoors,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb.  Say’s Firefly became Indiana’s State Insect on March 23, 2018, when Gov. Holcomb signed legislation proclaiming it so.

To learn more about Say’s Firefly visit: www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/9718.htm

Be a Unit in Good Standing

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Units in Good Standing are eligible to apply for awards and grants from Indiana PTA and National PTA. Congratulations to these units who received grants from National PTA in the 2018-2019 school year!