Start a Chapter

How to Start a TBTN Chapter

  1. Complete the TBTN Chapter Interest Form.
  2. Review all requirements for being a TBTN Chapter. (Full requirements are sent with the TBTN Chapter Interest Form. Below is a brief summary)
  3. If questions remain after reviewing all Chapter information on the TBTNF website, then schedule a meeting with a TBTNF Chapter Coordinator by emailing chapters@takebackthenight.org. Otherwise, proceed to number 4.
  4. Nominate officers and confirm an advisor.
  5. Obtain any needed approval from your affiliated school, organization, or other entity.
  6. Fill out the TBTN Chapter Application Form (Link to form provided through Interest Form above).
  7. Once the Application Form is completed and approved, Chapters receive the TBTN Chapter Welcome Kit.
  8. Start meeting and planning your two big Events!

TBTN Chapter Requirements

This list does not include all of our Chapter requirements, but is a good place to start. The full Chapter requirements are sent after you complete the Chapter Interest Form.

  • Key Positions
    • Advisor: The primary contact between the Chapter and TBTNF who must be an employee of your school, organization or other affiliated entity
    • Officers: A President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer who work together to lead and operate the Chapter
  • At least 10 members each paying a membership fee of $25 per year which is sent in to TBTNF. Members each receive a TBTN t-shirt.
  • Plan and hold two annual events
    • Fundraiser Event – minimum fundraising requirement of $1000 in the first year
    • Awareness Event – free event open to the community to support survivors and work to end sexual violence

FAQs About TBTN Chapters

Is there a due date for applying to start a chapter?

While we can be flexible, we encourage you to apply by September 1st of the school year. We find this enables chapters to best meet the requirements for the Fundraising Event and the Awareness Event.

What happens after we submit our application?

After filling out the online application form, you automatically receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your form.  You will be contacted by our Chapter Services Department if any additional information is needed, if we have any questions, or if your requested Chapter Name is not available within the next 2-5 business days. If there are no issues with your application, you will receive your Acceptance Letter and Welcome Kit within 2-5 business days. 

What resources will I receive to start our chapter when we have been approved?

New chapters receive our TBTN Chapter Welcome Kit which contains sample Event itineraries, fundraising ideas, sample chants, membership tracking documents, a year-long planning guide, content which can be used in holding the Awareness Event from the Foundation, and more helpful tools. 

Is there training to help us run our Chapter and plan our two Events?

All new chapters receive both the Welcome Kit with a detailed timeline and support materials as well as either access to a recorded webinar for new chapters or an invitation to a New Chapter Orientation Training Webinar if one is scheduled within the next month.

We have another question not listed on this page.

Chapters can always reach out to the Foundation with additional questions.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

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