Let’s say you want to create an Iowa booster club. However, wanting to create a booster club and knowing how to create a booster club are two different matters. Furthermore, the rules for creating and running a booster club are different from state to state, so the ins and outs of running an Iowa booster club likely aren’t the same as the rules in the state next door. In this article, you’ll find a few tips and directions to resources you’ll need to form a booster club in Iowa.
You will need to access the Iowa Secretary of State website throughout the booster club creation process, so it would be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the site and learn where you will be able to find information regarding the formation of a non-profit organization like a booster club. Luckily, this website is user friendly and simple to navigate. On the front page, you may notice there is a drop-down menu for nonprofits. It is under that section that you will find many of the resources you will need to create your Iowa booster club, including:
The general guidelines for running a nonprofit organization (Booster Club) in Iowa are found on The Secretary of State website. As you may notice in these guidelines, the Iowa Secretary of State recommends that nonprofit organizations such as Booster Clubs adhere to Iowa Code chapter 504, also known as The Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, during the formation of their organization. The Iowa Secretary of State website provides the paperwork you may need complete to create an Iowa booster club under Iowa Code chapter 504. Many of these documents have fee that must be paid to use them, but now of the documents cost more than twenty dollars. Depending on the intension of your club, whether it’s the create of the club or the disbandment of the club, you will likely have to address at least one of these forms found of the Iowa Secretary of State website. Below, forms from the Iowa Secretary of State website that adhere to Iowa Code chapter 504 are listed:
|Articles of Incorporation [504.202]||$20.00|
|Articles of Amendment [504.1005]||$10.00|
|Restated Articles of Incorporation [504.1006]||$20.00|
|Articles of Merger [504.1104]||$20.00|
|Articles of Dissolution [504.1403]||$5.00|
|Articles of Revocation of Dissolution [504.1404]||$5.00|
|Articles of Correction [504.115]||$5.00|
|Application for Reinstatement [504.1423]||$5.00|
|Application for Reservation of Name [504.402]||$10.00|
|Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [504.402]||$10.00|
|Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [504.401]||$5.00|
|Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [504.502]||No Charge|
|Resignation of Registered Agent [504.503]||No Charge|
|Biennial Report [504.1613]||No Charge|
|Any other Statement or Report||$5.00|
According to the guidelines provided by the Iowa Secretary of State, forming a nonprofit organization through The Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act is the best method for nonprofit organizations who wish to keep liability among members as low as possible once the organization is formed. In this document, you will find procedures for the paperwork you will need to fill out to create a booster club in Iowa, instructions for how to go about submitting these forms to the secretary of state, how to register your organization’s name, rules for your organization’s group meetings, how to create and maintain the bylaws that will govern your organization, and information on various other functions and Iowa laws you will need know about while running your booster club. Now, you may open the pdf for The Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, see that it is not what one would call a short document, and think to yourself “Do I really have to read this?” The answer is yes. Yes, you do. Iowa Code chapter 504 is a long read, but it contains most of the information regarding regulations that apply to booster clubs, so it is important that you look it over. Being well informed about the many procedures that are prohibited for booster clubs may save you a lot of trouble in the future. It is also worth noting that the paperwork provided on the Secretary of State website falls under Iowa Code chapter 504, which will save you the work of searching for the correct paperwork forms. Once you’ve gone over The Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, you will have a far better grasp of how to create and legally manage a booster club in Iowa.
After you’ve read The Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, have completed all the necessary steps to form your organization, and finally have your booster club up and running, it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, laws can change. Even after you create an Iowa booster club and successfully form your organization, make sure you stay up to date on any changes to Iowa law regarding the management of booster clubs. Secondly, no one said managing a booster club was easy. Even after successfully going through the process of forming your Iowa booster club, you will still have to put in the work needed to maintain an organized, efficient organization. This means you will have to work well with your fellow booster club volunteers and overcome any hurdles that may crop up in the future. Lastly, check in at Booostr every so often and say hello! We would like to hear from you.
With your new booster club up and running, come over to Booostr.co and get your profile set up so you can access the Booostr Booster Club Network and toolsets for managing your club!