ANNUAL OPERATING FUNDRAISER
SUPPORT SCOUTING IN OUR COMMUNITY
Our largest source of funding comes from parents, community organizations, alumni, and the general public who contribute to our annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign. Gifts can be made of any size and can consists of cash, securities, or even goods and services.
The Iceberg Analogy
The thinking here is that Scouts and volunteers see only 20 percent of what councils provide to members. There’s a whole lot more beneath the surface.
I know this well. When I first became a Boy Scout, I had no idea that there were council professionals working behind the scenes to make the Scouting magic happen. I just assumed those silver-looped Scouters were other volunteers.
As I’ve met many of these wonderful professionals, I’ve grown to understand their role. They support you, the volunteer, so you have more time to enjoy the life-changing fun of Scouting.
What do councils provide? In other words: What’s beneath the surface?
- Volunteer and staff training
- Insurance coverage to protect volunteers, chartered organizations, staff members and properties
- Support staff for registration, publications and other program support
- Camp promotion for Cub Scout day camps, Boy Scout summer camps, high-adventure bases and more
- Camp rangers to keep the council camps up-to-date and ready for Scouts and families
- Camp equipment, like tents, cooking equipment, camp vehicles, building repairs, canoes, equipment replacement and repair, and general upkeep of council camps
- Recognitions for leaders who complete training, volunteer for special projects and help in many Scouting roles
- Professional staff to work with volunteers to organize new units, manage fundraising programs, conduct training, assist membership recruitment, provide counsel and direct support for district, camps and programs
- Administrative needs, including postage, computers and links to the National BSA computer system, copy machines, folding machines and a printing shop
- Council Service center to provide additional support to volunteers
- Audio-visual supplies used in training, at camps and in volunteer meetings
- Postage to mail materials to leaders, parents and youth members
- A council website to keep you informed
- Reference publications and resources, including program planning kits and to camping cookbooks
- Camp scholarships, uniforms and registration fees for disadvantaged young people
As you can see, there’s more happening at your council than the average volunteer sees. And it can’t happen without the support of volunteers like you.
FAMILY FRIENDS OF SCOUTING
Our strongest supporters are often those who know Scouting first-hand. Each year, we coordinate Friends of Scouting presentations at Pack, Troop, and Crew gatherings to ask Scouting families for their support. Presentations are made by Scouting volunteers and usually last 5 minutes in late Winter or early Spring. A Friends of Scouting presentation is an opportunity for our families and friends to pledge their contribution towards a better Scouting future.
FRIENDS OF SCOUTING FOR OUR LDS FAMILIES
We value the support of our LDS families and friends with the values and programs of Scouting. Please see the special brochure for LDS families and the letter from the Presidency of the Seventy.
COMMUNITY FRIENDS OF SCOUTING
Community leaders know that Scouting helps prepare our young people for life. As a result, many businesses, leaders, and Scouting alumni make Scouting a part of their annual giving. (View the video below to learn the impact of the Scouting program on a youth.)
MERITS OF SCOUTING
Companies and individuals can annually sponsor a merit badge, which represents their business or interest.
MATCHING GIFTS – Make your donation go further!
GIVING IS EASY
There are lots of ways to give to Scouting. Our online portal is fast, secure, and simple. We also take pledges over the phone or by mail. If you’d like to speak with someone about a gift, please contact Julie Graham at Julie.Graham@Scouting.org or (925) 674-6105.
PROJECT and GIFT-IN-KIND
Occasionally an individual or business may have an interest in Scouting and be willing to give us a gift of supplies, etc. that is in the Council operating budget in lieu of a cash contribution. Once again, only items in the budget will receive credit. Project Sale Example: A company offers to give us cases of paper for our internal printing operation. Instead of going to an outside vendor for the same item, we can now use this gift and as a result save the Council’s cash for other items. Or a company can provide the cash value for the purchase of that item. All donors are acknowledged for their support. Gift in Kind Example: A person donates a row boat for camp. Although it may be needed, it may not be currently budgeted. Although we may decide to accept it and use it, the donation does not support the operating budget and would not be credited as a Project Sales, rather it would be considered a “Gift in Kind”. All donors are acknowledged for their support.
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