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VOLUME 4 ISSUE 12B―DECEMBER 15, 2011

YEAR-END DEFERRAL PROCESS IN SCOUTNET
Over the past few years, local councils have experienced several difficulties with the ScoutNET General Ledger (GL) software related to year-end close and cost centers that are deferred until the following year. Read More.

PAYROLL―AUTOMOBILE USAGE IMPUTED INCOME
Available on the Finance Impact Department website is an Excel workbook for calculating the automobile usage imputed income. Open the workbook and follow the instructions. Read More.

NEW FUNDRAISING SOFTWARE UPDATE
As we approach 2012, there is much anticipation about BBECRM and its use to track fundraising and constituent relationships in each of our local councils. This robust tool will allow fundraisers to manage ongoing relationships while helping to organize their time to support local council operations through effective fundraising. Read More.

LEARN ABOUT THE NEW BLACKBAUD FUNDRAISING SOFTWARE
Starting January 4, 2012, the Finance Impact Department will be holding a weekly Blackbaud Constituent Relationship Management (BBCRM) Roundtable to give fundraising users (YOU) information on our new software. Read More.

GIVING DONORS INFORMATION THEY SEEK MAY INCREASE CHARITABLE GIFTS THIS HOLIDAY GIVING SEASON
It is interesting to know that although our economy is not performing at its best, most Americans will continue their tradition of giving to charities this holiday season. “Perhaps the best news for charities is that charitable donations are the last thing many people plan to cut, even as they scrimp on other holiday expenses.” Read More.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BSA’S NATIONAL WEEK OF GIVING
The BSA’s National Week of Giving, a nationally coordinated effort to maximize online giving through the e-Funding website (aplacetogive.scouting.org), will occur during the week of February 6–10, 2012. Read More.

MAJOR GIFTS WEEK FOR SNOWBIRDS
Every winter, flocks of northerners (everyone living north of Jacksonville, Florida) head to Florida to enjoy the sunshine and avoid the dreaded snows back home. Let them know there is a great opportunity for fun, Scouting fellowship, and even some education on estate planning being offered at the Florida Sea Base February 6–10, 2012. Read More.

AUTHOR AND RELATIONSHIPS EXPERT TO PRESENT AT SYMPOSIUM
Marshall Howard, trainer and author of Let’s Have Lunch Together and Six Relationship Secrets to Easily Raise Money, will be the principal presenter at the 2012 National Development and Fiscal Management Symposium. The symposium will offer two sessions: June 3–6 in Kissimmee, Florida (after the National Annual Meeting), and June 13–15 in Seattle, Washington. Read More.

HOW ARE YOUR COUNCIL’S INVESTMENT RETURNS?
Twenty local council affiliated partners representing $35.3 million in assets now use the BSA Asset Management, LLC (BSAAM) as an investment manager. Read More.

NEW GIFTCHARITY PROGRAM
Need an endowment staff―Securing gifts for operating needs seems to consume many councils, and endowment takes not just a back seat, it takes the third row behind capital. However, the impact of a strong endowment fund can lessen the burden and steady the ship through the tough seas of annual campaigns. Read More.

2012 FOS CAMPAIGN BENCHMARKS
What should you be working on for the 2012 Friends of Scouting campaign? Read More.

NATIONAL MAJOR GIFTS AND ENDOWMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The 2011 National Major Gifts Award program provides your council major gifts committee their game plan for the year. The award recognizes councils that have followed the processes of identifying, cultivating, enrolling, and sustaining major gifts. Councils qualifying for the National Major Gifts Award will receive a Pillar of Scouting, a beautiful Lucite pillar to acknowledge that councils are setting the footings for the delivery of great Scouting programs and enhancing their capacity to serve more youth. Read More.

2012 FIRST QUARTER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
The following are training opportunities for local council volunteers and staff offered in the first quarter of 2012. Read More.


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