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VOLUME 4 ISSUE 7B―JULY 18, 2011

THE IMPACT OF THE CAMPING SEASON ON YOUR JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE SCORE
As you strategize to maximize your Journey to Excellence score, think for a moment about the impact of camping operations. If your council operates a summer camp, the impact to your JTE score can go far beyond adding points related to increased camp attendance by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Read more.

IRS AUTOMATIC REVOCATION OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS
The release of the final IRS Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status list on June 9 has created some confusion and concerns. The list discloses approximately 275,000 organizations that have failed to file a Form 990 for the last three years, and have lost their tax-exempt status by operation of law. Read more.

AUDIT COMMITTEE COMPLIANCE
The National Strategic Plan has a goal that reads: “Develop an audit committee matrix and provide guidelines and support to assist local councils to identify, recruit and train qualified individuals.” (National Pillar II, Objective III, Goal 1) (2.5). By December 2011, each local council should have an audit committee that operates in compliance with the guidelines outlined in the AICPA Audit Committee Charter Matrix. Read more.

IS YOUR BOARD TURNING DOWN MONEY BY NOT ASKING?
In the article “New study shows your board may be leaving money on the table” (The Nonprofit Board Report, July 2011, p. 1-2), it states that according to Penelope Burk’s donor survey, donors say that “being asked to give by a leadership volunteer influences them more than anything else to give and give generously.” Read more.

IS FUNDRAISING KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT?
Download the GuideStar "The Fundraising Methods That Worked Best in 2010—and Could Work Best in 2011” report. Read more.

FOS CAMPAIGN BENCHMARKS
Congratulations on a successful victory celebration. Here’s what you should be working on now. Thank-you notes should have been sent to all campaign workers and recognition pieces delivered to all workers who were not able to attend the victory celebration. Read more.

FINANCE IMPACT DEPARTMENT WEBINARS
Following are the webinars for the Finance Impact Department for July and August. Please Note: Webinar times are all listed as Central time. Read more.

FISCAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Being able to manage the funds that donors have entrusted to your council is equally important as fundraising. To help councils with good stewardship practices, the Finance Impact Department offers several fiscal management training courses. Read more.

DO ATHLETIC EVENTS RAISE MONEY?
Since 1995, contributions from the top 10 athletic charity events have grown more than three times as fast as charitable giving overall. This includes walkathons, runs, skydiving, and rappelling. Read more.

CHARITABLE GIVING INCREASED IN 2010
After two years of decline (3.5 percent in 2008 and 6.5 percent in 2009), charitable giving in the U.S. went up 3.8 percent in 2010 to $291 billion. After adjusting for inflation, giving in 2010 was still up 2.1 percent. Read more.

BLACKBAUD ECRM
In an effort to improve our donor record management process and to replace PAS, the Boy Scouts of America is moving its donor record management system to Enterprise Constituent Records Management (ECRM) software developed by Blackbaud. This transition from PAS to ECRM will take place in 2012, beginning in late spring. Read more.

PREFERRED COUNCIL SERVICES PROVIDER―PINE VALLEY FOODS INC. 
Pine Valley Foods Inc. is the Finance Impact Department’s preferred council service provider for July 2011. Pine Valley Foods Inc. is the fundraising industry’s leading manufacturer and supplier of perishable food products, and is excited to be working with the Boy Scouts of America. Read more.


PREFERRED COUNCIL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Direct Marketing
Birkholm Direct    Haines Direct   Spectrum Marketing    Teuteberg
 

Asset Management
Woltz & Associates