When you make a donation to the Boy Scouts you are making an investment in our future, by preparing today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. No other program for youth and families does this in such a complete way, creating active minds, healthy bodies and thoughtful spirits. Learn where the money goes. There are several ways that you can help:
You can donate using the individual links to the Friends of Scouting Campaign or Council Endowment/James E West Fellowship.CLICK HERE and help support YOUR council and the legacy of Scouting!. Learn more about the James E. West Fellowship.
The Unit Fundraising Form can be found here. Please turn the Unit Fundraising Form into our Council Bookkeeper.
A reminder on private benefits. In essence, when a non-profit organization raises funds, either through contributions, or the sale of a product or service, the assumption is that the proceeds go to further the public good. For the fund-raising activities of the local council, there is no question that this is true. The issue comes into play when incentive programs happen at the unit level for individual youth. If a unit establishes an ―account∥ for a member based solely on the quantity of items sold, that reward may beseen as a private benefit to the individual. If this benefit is of sufficient size, it may require reporting of this benefit as income to the individual, as well as to call into question the non-profit status of the council and the Boy Scouts of America. These funds are clearly not for the public good, but directly benefiting an individual.
Therefore, we recommend the following:
- Make sure that any sale of materials, instructions, and support information do not make reference to individual Scouts earning money for their own participation in Scouting activities.
- When remitting proceeds, from any sales back to units, provide guidance on the distribution of funds.
- Encourage units to develop fund distribution plans that include criteria other than the sale of items. These might include:
A portion of the unit proceeds from any sale or activity should be set aside for general unit expenses, and could include funds used for assistance to members with financial needs.
If you have additional questions regarding this issue, please consult your District Executive or contact the Council Service Center.