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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 1―JANUARY 15, 2012

2011 AUDIT RESOURCES AVAILABLE
The number of councils that complied with the BSA audit standards has increased. More than 75 percent of local councils complied with the BSA standards for the 2010 audit fiscal year. The Local Council Guide to the 2011 Audit and the 2011 BSA Compliant Audit Toolkit are now available to assist councils with the preparation of the 2011 audit. Read More.

NATIONAL MAJOR GIFTS AND NATIONAL ENDOWMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Make sure your council is recognized for its major gifts achievements in 2011. The 2011 National Major Gifts Award application is due Tuesday, February 28, 2012, and the National Endowment Achievement Award application is due Thursday, March 1, 2012. Read More.

NEW CREDIT CARD SECURITY INITIATIVE
As credit card merchants, BSA local councils are required to comply with the Payment Card Industry Security Standard. This standard applies to all businesses accepting credit cards as a form of payment, and compliance is not optional. Read More.

REGISTRATION FOR THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM NOW UNDERWAY
Registration for the 2012 National Development and Fiscal Management Symposium is now underway. The symposium is open to all council volunteers and professionals with primary or partial fundraising or fiscal management responsibilities, including operating, capital, and endowment. Please note that Fiscal Management I, which is offered as a track at the symposium, is now required as part of the Scout Executive Certification process. Read More.

ESTATE-TAX LAW AND CHARITABLE GIVING
Gerald R. Ford once said, “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have...” Uncertainty is facing Americans again this year. Estate tax law is set for 2012. Learn how estate tax laws may affect charitable giving. Read More.

ICE GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE
ICE more donors! No, that does not mean rub them out; ICE is the acronym for “Identify, Cultivate, and Enroll.” Every council needs to focus on all three of these elements of “friend-raising.” We constantly have to build new friendships. Relationships must be strengthened with those who have shown their financial commitment to Scouting. Donors and prospects must be engaged and believe they are making a difference in the lives of youth through your Scouting programs. Read More.

NEW ONLINE GIVING TOOL ADDED TO COUNCIL FUNDRAISING OPTIONS
In addition to the existing Blackbaud Sphere (Kintera) and Friends asking Friends tools already provided to local councils, the National Council has added an exciting new online giving tool. “A Place to Give” provides an attractive portal for donors, offering opportunities to make contributions to your council, provide campership contributions, and support national initiatives. Read More.

MAJOR GIFTS FRIENDRAISING
What can you do to enhance the major gifts program in your council? Here are some suggestions for what you should be doing in the first quarter to ensure major gifts for your council. Read More.

FOS CAMPAIGN BENCHMARKS
See what you should be working on now for the 2012 Friends of Scouting campaign. Read More.

FINANCE IMPACT DEPARTMENT WEBINARS
In 2011, the Finance Impact Department conducted 107 webinars with 786 attendees. You may sign up for various webinars offered through the Finance Impact Department. Read More.

 


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