Funds Development

Funds Development Team:

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Family Campaign

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Community Campaign

Who Pays for Scouting?

Financial support for Scouting comes from a variety of sources:

  • Individual members pay weekly or monthly dues and are responsible for buying their own uniforms, handbooks, and personal equipment.
  • Units (pack, troop, team, or crew) collect the dues and raise funds through unit money-earning projects to cover expenses and pay for supplies.
  • Chartered organizations provide a meeting place and adult volunteer leadership for their BSA units and approve unit money-earning projects before launch of the project.
    Local councils receive funds from an annual Friends of Scouting campaign, the United Way, foundation grants, trust funds, bequests, investment income, and product sales.
  • The National Council generates income from registration fees, local council service fees, Scouting and Boys’ Life magazine subscriptions, sale of uniforms and equipment, and contributions from individuals.

District Fund Development Committee

Major Tasks of the Fund Development Committee Chair and Members
  1. Report to the district chair for your district.
  2. Ensure the implementation of council finance policies.
  3. Serve as a member of the council fund development committee, if so stated in the council bylaws.
  4. Recruit and train a committee to support tasks provided by the council fund development committee.
  5. Achieve the district’s share of council fund development campaigns.
  6. Organize and carry out a successful Friends of Scouting annual campaign, and meet the goal by the targeted date.
  7. Support the council “project selling” program.
  8. Support the council endowment/major gifts development plan.
  9. Support and cultivate a cooperative relationship with the local United Way.
  10. Inform units of the unit fundraising policy and assist in the review and approval of unit requests.
  11. Support district activities that involve income and expenses, ensuring proper policy and controls.
  12. Provide recognition to donors, along with information on how their dollars helped serve youth

Successful funding of the council is the direct result of successfully conducted fund development programs within each district. Each district within the council has funding goals. These goals are based upon a fair-share formula, based on the potential of the district and the needs of the council. The district fund development chair assists in determining and raising the goals.