Homeschool Leaders


Top(p) Ten Tips for Running a Homeschool Organization View handout
This is a “potpourri” of topics and attendees can bring up any subject they wish to discuss. Carol Topp will lead off with her Top(p) 10 tips for running a homeschool organization. Included are tips on bylaws, boards, avoiding fraud, hiring workers, buying insurance, and conducting fund raisers. A handout of tips for leaders to share with your board back home will be provided.

Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out  View handout

Homeschool co-ops are becoming very popular! This workshop discusses the benefits and disadvantages of co-ops. You’ll get advice on starting a homeschool co-op such as how to find interested people, how to organize, where to meet, and what problems to anticipate. Learn how to manage conflicts and volunteers, create a budget, collect fees, and pay teachers.

Homeschool Co-ops are Like Marriage: Know What You’re Getting Into! View handout
Carol Topp, CPA, author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Then, Run Them and Not Burn Out, discusses the pros and cons of leading a homeschool co-op. Carol, the Homeschol CPA, consults with homeschool leaders across the country and will share tips on running a successful co-op and the traps you need to avoid. Plenty of time for questions and discussion about homeschool co-ops.

Help! My Homeschool Group is Growing view slides here

As the homeschooling movement grows, so do support groups and homeschool co-op groups. This means more organization is needed to handle larger memberships. Here is some advice from a homeschooling mother and CPA who works with non-profit organizations on how to start and manage a larger group. Carol Topp will discuss boards, budgets and by-laws in this helpful workshop for group leaders and board members.

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad IRS? How the IRS Sees Homeschool Organizations (good for homeschool leaders) View handout

Presenter, Carol Topp, a homeschooling mother and CPA, has helped over 200 homeschool organizations understand their status with the IRS. She will teach leaders the required filings to keep their homeschool organizations legal but with the least amount of government paperwork and interference. Tips and handouts on required reporting, taxes, and several examples from Carol’s experience will be offered.

The IRS and Your Homeschool Group (good for homeschool leaders)
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If your homeschool group bring in more than $5,000 a year, you may need to be paying taxes to the IRS or better yet become a tax exempt organization. Presenter, Carol Topp, a homeschooling mother and CPA, has helped several homeschooling organizations obtain tax-exempt status with the IRS and will discuss the pros and cons of 501c3 status, offer tips, helpful resources and checklists.