Friends of Scouting
James E. West Fellowship: Endowment contributions of $1,000 and up.
Heritage Society: Endowment contributions of more than $1,000.
1910 Society: Significant endowment contributions of $25,000 and up.
Founders Circle: Deferred endowment contributions of $25,000 and up.
The Central Minnesota Council, BSA needs your help to deliver a quality program to our Scouts. On average, it costs $155 to put each Scout through the program for a year.
That cost includes running and maintaining our Service Center and Trading Post, printing, record keeping, program development, and more.
If you would like to make a pledge or a contribution to the Central Minnesota Council, BSA FOS campaign, please call the Watkins Service Center at (320) 251-3930, e-mail David Trehey, or mail in a Pledge Card to our council office.
An integral part of the Central Minnesota Council, BSA program is to expand its endowment trust fund and ensure the future financial stability of the council through the James E. West Fellowship Award.
Named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, it is a national recognition award for those who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to our council's endowment fund.
The Central Minnesota Council, BSA has 27 members of the West Fellowship. It is important to note that a qualifying gift for recognition as a James E. West fellow is in addition to, and does not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to the council's Friends of Scouting Campaign. Organizations or individuals may make a contribution in honor of someone involved in Scouting; an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, or a significant Scout leader. Gifts may also be given in memory of a loved one, business associate, or other acquaintance.
Each donor will be recognized with a personalized 8"x10" certificate, distinctive lapel pin or charm, and an embroidered square knot. Application forms are available at the Watkins Service Center, by contacting Dave Trehey at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101, or you can download and mail in the PDF form to our council office.
The Heritage Society is a program to recognize those who include Scouting in their estate planning or make outright gifts to the Endowment Fund of the Central Minnesota Council, BSA. You may qualify for membership in the Heritage Society by:
- Making an outright gift of money, land, stock, insurance, copyrights, oil rights, letter stock, restricted stock, or an individual fractional interest in the Endowment Fund of the Central Minnesota Council, BSA.
- Making a new or revising an existing Will directing a percentage, a fixed amount, or through a contingency statement directing an eventual gift to the Endowment Fund.
- Naming the Endowment Fund to the Central Minnesota Council, BSA as a primary, or secondary, beneficiary of the new or existing insurance policy.
- Creating a Charitable Remainder Interest or an Annuity Trust, a Pooled Life Income Agreement, a Charitable Gift Annuity or Short-Term Trust, a Life Estate, or a bank deposit that eventually directs all or a portion of the principal to the Endowment Fund.
Gifts to the Central Minnesota Council, BSA Endowment Fund may be directed for general purposes or designated for special purposes. Such gifts will also reduce income, estate, and inheritance taxes.
If you would like to contribute to the Endowment Fund and become a member of the Heritage Society, please visit the Watkins Service Center in Sartell or contact Dave Trehey at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101.
A special recognition program known as the 1910 Society was created in 1995 to encourage significant gifts to the council Endowment Fund. This support is vital to the financial stability of Central Minnesota Council, BSA and will ensure our Scouting legacy for future generations of young Americans.
To qualify as a member of the 1910 Society, an individual donor, company, or organization must contribute $25,000 or more to the local council endowment fund. Recognitions will be given for gifts of cash, stock, bonds, lead trusts, or other assets that could be readily converted to cash. The gift to endowment may be paid within five years of the pledge date.
The 1910 Society was named for the year the early visionary leaders of Scouting founded the Boy Scouts of America. Those who have made endowment gifts to further the Scouting movement are themselves modern day visionaries.
There are four levels of recognition in the 1910 Society:
- Waite Philips Member - $1,000,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
- Theodore Roosevelt Member - $500,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
- Daniel Carter Beard Member - $100,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
- Ernest Thompson Seton Member - $25,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
Members receive a leather-bound edition of the Boy Scout Handbook with their name embossed in gold on the cover, a personalized parchment certificate, and a distinctive lapel pin or charm. They also receive invitations to special members-only events and receptions at National Meetings, Jamborees, and other major Scouting Events. Membership applications are available at the Watkins Service Center or contact Dave Trehey at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101.
The Founders Circle is intended to recognize deferred gifts designated for the council Endowment Fund. 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, Chartible trusts, BSA Gift Annuities, or BSA Pooled Income Fund gifts.
Life insurance/retirement plan designations, and other deferred gifts approved by the local council.
As with the 1910 Society, there are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle:
- Platinum - $1,000,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
- Gold - $500,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
- Silver - $250,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
- Bronze - $100,000 Minimum Gift Commitment
The early founders of the BSA had vision and commitment to make Scouting the number one youth organization in the world. In that spirit, we honor the modern-day visionaries who qualify for the Founders Circle in their commitment to perpetuate the visions and beliefs of those founders. To learn more, or to contribute, please contact Dave Trehey at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101.
Thursday, July 10, from 5:30-9:00 PM. Hosted by The Bernick Family. Support local Scouting programs while enjoying fellowship, great food, and refreshments. Get your invitation and RSVP by July 2!