A Reading League Chapter is recognized as an entity with a similar mission to The Reading League (TRL) and that aligns with the purposes, activities, policies and procedures established by TRL.

Rationale for Affiliation

Affiliation with a national organization provides many benefits; Chapters gain:

  • Expertise through consultation and technical assistance;
  • Visibility and clout as part of a larger, more powerful group;
  • Exposure and marketing on the TRL website;
  • Coordination of its programs and activities with those of TRL;
  • Access to information and materials such as presentations, handouts, videos;
  • Increased advocacy and traction for its mission.

General Criteria

Chapters will:

  • Incorporate as a separate organization
  • Become a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) (3)
  • Obtain and maintain appropriate insurance
  • Establish bylaws that are consistent with those of TRL
  • File an annual report to TRL on July 1 of each year
  • Appoint a President and Treasurer
  • File audited financial reports with TRL
  • File IRS form 990 (or 990-EZ or 990-N) each year
  • Secure a membership base of at least 35 members
  • Seek funding or sponsorship for local activities and events
  • Pay a yearly affiliation fee to TRL (with the exception of Year One)
  • Offer events and engage in activities in alignment with the purpose and mission of TRL
  • Secure approval in advance from TRL for presentations, materials, sponsors/vendors
  • Maintain full transparency of activities and events
  • Abide by all the terms of the Affiliation Agreement

Applying for Chapter Status

Before becoming a Chapter, interested parties will submit to TRL:

  • Statement of goals and objectives of the group, to demonstrate alignment and consistency
  • with those of TRL’s mission “to advance the awareness, understanding and use of evidencealigned reading instruction.”
  • List of officers and description of duties
  • Interested member list
  • Method or plan for funding or revenue-generation
  • Initial plan for events and activities in which the Chapter wishes to engage

Application for The Reading League Chapters 

Please complete the information below and attach a list of potential members in your geographic area. Submit completed application to: Laura Stewart, National Director at

DOwnload application

Our Chapters 

TRL Wisconsin

License Agreement 




Information Sheet