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VOLUME 6 ISSUE 4A—APRIL 1, 2013

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR SYMPOSIUM
There is still time to sign up for the 2013 National Development and Fiscal Management Symposium in Chicago, April 24–26, as well as the sessions offered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, May 19–21, prior to the National Annual Meeting. Read more.

LOCAL COUNCIL GUIDE TO 2012 IRS FORM 990
The BSA is pleased to announce the release of the Local Council Guide to the 2012 IRS Form 990. The updated guide brings together what’s new for 2012, special instructions, an illustrative checklist, and actual Form 990 into one handy reference manual to serve as a resource for practitioners and local councils alike. For 2012, we have added sections on governance and compensation, and the sample local council trust fund return has been upgraded from a Form 990-EZ to a Form 990. Read more.

DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT
What is a development assessment? It is a tool where area directors can request that members of the Council Fund Development Team visit a local council to assess its fundraising practices. The development assessment team, consisting of certificated fundraising professionals, will visit a council to analyze its as-is state of fundraising practices and program, and provide the council’s leadership team with a comprehensive look at the council’s past, present, and future fundraising effectiveness. Read more.

RAISING MONEY BY RAISING AWARENESS: CREATING A NEW GENERATION OF FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ADULTS
When the BSA wanted to take its financial literacy effort from theory to application, it was natural to team up with Discover Financial Services to create a program for our Scouting families to educate and encourage the importance of early financial learning and responsibility. Read more.

CAR DONATION PROGRAM HELPS COUNCILS
Imagine a fundraising campaign that requires little marketing on a regular basis to raise money. Well, daydream no more! The BSA’s One Car One Difference program is that campaign. Through this program, councils have been receiving “surprise” checks in the mail from the proceeds of vehicles that were donated from their service area or by specific donors across the country. We like to call these checks a “surprise” because a council staff member did not have to search for any unwanted vehicles or get involved in picking up, trying to sell, negotiate, or even handle a single piece of paperwork or IRS documentation. Read more.

SCOUTING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: EXCELLENT VOLUNTEER SOURCE AND REVENUE STREAM
The Scouting Alumni Association was launched in November 2011, and since then, nearly 4,000 of our alumni have signed up as affiliates and paid $35 dues. Quarterly, the national Alumni Relations office in Irving, Texas, sends councils a list of alumni in their councils who have signed up as affiliates of the Scouting Alumni Association. It’s a Microsoft Excel file, and includes the date a person signed up, their occupation, and employer, if they provided that information. Read more.

BSA ASSET MANAGEMENT UPDATE
As of Feb. 28, 2013, 45 local council-affiliated partners representing $87.1 million in assets now use BSA Asset Management, LLC (BSAAM) as an investment manager. In the three months ended Feb. 28, 2013, the fund earned 4.76 percent while the one-year return was 9.64 percent. Read more.

WEBINARS
Sign up for one of the various live webinars offered by the Council Fund Development Team, or watch one of the prerecorded fund development or fiscal management webinars. Read more.


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