Booster Club 101. An Introduction to Booster Clubs and Parent Groups. Purpose.
An Introduction to Booster Clubs and Parent Groups
“Although Texas ranks as the number-one state for having its school districts misrepresented in fundraising schemes, neither size nor climate zone determines which districts are most apt to become targets. It's all about the money.”(Fundraisingforsports.com, 8/2006)
The following are some questions to consider when deciding whether or not to form a Booster Club:
The required federal regulatory information discussed does not include all laws or rules that may apply to your particular situation. This information is provided by the District’s Internal Audit Department; however, Internal Audit is not an authority on specific accounting situations or tax-related issues concerning individual Booster Clubs. Therefore, Booster Clubs should obtain competent independent counsel, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or an attorney, to address accounting and tax matters related to their specific circumstances. The cost of these services would be the Booster Club’s responsibility. In addition, the IRS and the Texas State Comptroller’s Office may be contacted for questions related to your organization’s specific situation.
Booster Club officers are solely responsible for ensuring that their Booster Club is in compliance with all federal regulations. The most important regulation is the duty to comply, and the duty to report. Therefore, the District is not responsible for a Booster Club not being in good standing with all federal agencies. However, the District has provided the following information that includes steps Booster Clubs should take to comply with federal tax regulations.
El Toro boosters might be missing $250,000Saddleback Valley Unified has hired a fraud examiner to determine how much money is unaccounted for.MISSION VIEJO The Saddleback Valley Unified School District has hired a fraud examiner to determine whether as much as $250,000 is missing from an athletic boosters fund at El Toro High School and may file a report with the Sheriff’s Department soon, district officials say. According to parents who have met with school officials, the money is missing from the account, the sole funding for 23 El Toro High boosters organizations.
Former high school booster club treasurer arrested
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The man who served as Thousand Oaks High School Football Booster Club treasurer for more than two and a half years has been arrested for allegedly embezzling the money he volunteered to help keep an eye on. Michael McCarley, 59, turned himself in at the East Valley Sheriff's Station on March 12. Shortly thereafter he was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, having allegedly taken more than $30,000 from the club, according to Sgt. Mark Gillette. McCarley is free on $10,000 bail.
"There was some concern among booster members who believed that there were some problems with financial records and maybe even money missing," Baarstad said. "We got all their records so we could do an audit. There was enough initial information that it was pretty clear right away that something was up."
Former Booster Club Treasurer in California Charge in Alleges $175K Embezzlement Case
Herman Wong, 62, of Venice, California, was arrested and charged with one count of grand theft by embezzlement recently with misappropriating as much as $175,000 from the Venice High School Booster Club where he had served as volunteer treasurer for the past 6 years. Wong was reportedly the only bookkeeper for the organization. Details on the case have not fully been released.
Detectives were notified that up to $175,000 was showing missing from the booster club account and after reviewing the financial records they determined that Wong, the volunteer treasurer of the club, had allegedly embezzled funds for personal use, Serna said. Wong, who served as treasurer from 2003 to 2009, had allegedly restored about $57,000 to the account prior to his arrest, she said.
Wong was the group’s sole treasurer for six years and the booster club was initially unaware that any funds were missing from its account during that time, Serna said.
The detective said she found the case particularly unsettling during a time when schools are already facing significant cuts as a result of the state budget crisis. The booster club collects money from fundraisers and other donations for various extracurricular activities and the loss of those funds could “affect the morale” of students who are passionate about those programs, Serna said.
Wallace said Wong did not hold a position at the high school but he became involved with the booster club after his children attended the school.
Serna said this case could serve as a lesson to booster groups to ensure that they are auditing their funds properly and have at least two signers on checks.
As dramatic as high school sports can be, sometimes the more intense battles involve the student athletes' impassioned parents.
Such a dispute is revolving around the Bellaire High School baseball program, one of the most successful in the Houston Independent School District.
One father is accusing veteran coach Rocky Manuel of pressuring parents to donate money, while another is criticizing HISD's limited oversight of booster clubs -- which raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for high school athletics in the district.
The coach says he has done nothing wrong. The head of one team booster club says the criticism is unjustified.
HISD is asking Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on whether the district is responsible for maintaining booster clubs' financial records. The opinion, expected this week, could affect the relationship between school systems and booster clubs across Texas.
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