ENDOWMENT

Encouraging gifts to the endowment fund is one of Scouting's highest priorities. It is one of the best ways to insure that the Potawatomi Area Council can continue to offer the outstanding programs it now has long into the future and also grow to meet the needs of the youth and communities it serves.

Planned Giving - Most of us have heard of the term endowment, but what does it really mean?

 

An endowment is a fund held in perpetuity to provide interest and dividend earnings for the benefit of a charitable cause. That is the textbook definition, but in reality an endowment is the life preserver of a charitable ?organization. After all, our mission is not to raise funds, but rather to continue our strong movement and build a foundation that provides our youth with a quality, values-based program. For more information on planned giving visit bsagiftplan.org.

In its gratitude for such support, the Boy Scouts of America nationally offers three distinct endowment recognition awards which are all a part of the Heritage Society. The Potawatomi Area Council presents these awards to donors who support Scouting's financial future through gifts to the endowment.

For more info, or to make a gift to the endowment fund, please contact: Connie Bielinski, Asst. Scout Executive, 262-436-8419

THE HERITAGE SOCIETY:

The Heritage Society includes anyone who has made a gift to the Council's endowment fund at the James E. West level ($1,000) or above. It is a way for you to leave a legacy to Scouting, either in honor or in memory of someone special.

In its gratitude for such support, the Boy Scouts of America nationally offers three distinct endowment recognition awards which are all a part of the Heritage Society. The Potawatomi Area Council presents these awards to donors who support Scouting's financial future through gifts to the endowment.

For more info, or to make a gift to the endowment fund, please contact: Connie Bielinski, Asst. Scout Executive, 262-436-8419

The James E. West Fellowship

James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to the council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to – and not diminish – the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. Four additional levels of the James E. West beyond the $1,000 level have been recently added as recognition levels. These levels are:
  • Bronze: $2,500
  • Sliver: $5,000
  • Gold: $10,000
  • Platinum: $15,000

Enrollment Form

 

The 1910 Society

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has grown into something larger and more significant than anyone anticipated. We honor that special date by presenting the 1910 Society award to donors who make gifts of $25,000 or more to the council endowment fund.

These gifts can be in the form of cash, securities, land, five-year pledges, or other property suitable for the council endowment or easily converted to cash.

Ernest Thompson Seton , nationally know artist and naturalist, author of the first official American Scout handbook and many other books important to Scouting.
Seton Level: $25,000 minimum gift

Daniel Carter Beard, first chairman of the National Court of Honor, national Scout commissioner, and author of many well-know books and stories for youth; Beard Level: $100,000 minimum gift

Theodore Roosevelt, first Chief Scout Citizen, first vice president of the BSA, and U.S. president. Roosevelt Level: $500,000 minimum gift

Waite Phillips, one of the BSA’s first benefactors, and donor to the BSA of almost 130,000 acres of land in New Mexico which became Philmont Scout Ranch;

  • Phillips Level: $1,000,000 minimum gift
  • Phillips Silver Level: $5,000,000 minimum gift
  • Phillips Gold Level: $10,000,000 minimum gift

Enrollment Form

 

The Founders Circle

The Founders Circle is intended to recognize deferred gifts designated for council endowment funds. With deferred giving (also called planned giving) so widely and effectively used by many donors, the BSA wants to recognize the importance of such major gifts. Donors are recognized for gift commitments of$100,000 or more. Unlike the other endowment recognition awards, a donor may qualify for membership with gifts made through:

  • Charitable bequests in a will or codicil
  • Charitable trusts, such a unitrusts, annuity trusts, and lead trusts
  • BSA Gift Annuities or BSA Pooled Income Fund gifts
  • Life insurance/retirement plan designations
  • Other deferred gifts approved by the Potawatomi Area council

There are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle

  • Bronze $100,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Silver $250,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Gold $500,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Platinum $1,000,000 minimum gift commitment

Enrollment Form 

 

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