VOLUME 6 ISSUE 6—JUNE 15, 2013
COMMUNICATING NEW MEMBERSHIP STANDARDS TO DONORS
Shortly after the announcement of the January 1, 2014, change in membership standards, the Development and Corporate Alliances Department provided local councils with draft communications to provide to donors. It is critical that donors hear the real story from you and are not left to read the interpretations and analyses in the media. While people will make their own decision whether to continue to support your local council, they do need to hear from you. Read more.
RETURNING CONTRIBUTIONS TO DONORS
There have been some questions as to the appropriate response if a donor asks for the return of a contribution. Most contributions that a local council solicits are for "unrestricted operating" funds. For gifts older than maybe a few months, the gifts have already been spent to benefit the kids and programs in which they have always believed. For very recent gifts, maybe give donors the chance to redesignate to some aspect of Scouting they still support. The council might consider establishing a de minimis rule for redesignation—e.g, any gift over $1,000, if made since January 1, 2013, may be redesignated (but not given back). Read more.
NEW SCOUTING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS
At the National Annual Meeting in May, the Alumni Relations Committee announced two membership levels in the Scouting Alumni Association: the Hiker Level, which is free, and Pathfinder Level, offered at $35. Read more.
FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS
The importance of conducting feasibility studies prior to embarking on a capital campaign is discussed in the article Feasibility Studies: An Unnecessary Expense Designed to Make Consultants Rich, or an Important Part of Your Next Fundraising Campaign? in the June 2013 GuideStar. It states that conducting a feasibility study prior to your capital campaign will "help you evaluate your chances of success…ease your board members' minds...fine-tune your plans to fit what is possible, [and]…build the credibility and confidence you need for a successful campaign." Feasibility studies for major gifts and capital campaigns are facilitated by the Council Fund Development Team to help local councils determine if they are ready to embark on a capital or major gifts campaign. Read more.
VEHICLE DONATION PROGRAM BENEFITS SCOUTS
As the summer months are upon us, we want to update you on one of our more progressive strategic alliances. The One Car One Difference program continues to gain traction with local councils across the country. In doing so, councils that are engaged in this important partnership are experiencing the real outcomes the program has to offer—funds for creating and sustaining programs that positively impact youth in their communities. As the official vehicle donation program, One Car One Difference has created a donation experience that is seamless and donor friendly. Read more.
10 REASONS TO BECOME CFRE CERTIFIED
The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to be working with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to offer the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course to Boy Scout professionals. It is the first time the AFP has contracted with another nonprofit organization to offer their course content, certification, and continuing education credits. Read more.
BSA ASSET MANAGEMENT UPDATE—APRIL 2013
Forty-seven local council affiliated partners representing $91.6 million in assets now use BSA Asset Management, LLC (BSAAM) as an investment manager as of April 30, 2013. In the three months ending April 30, the fund earned 4.02 percent, while the one-year return was 12.67 percent. Read more.
View the list of webinars offered through the Development and Corporate Alliances Department. Read more.
PREFERRED COUNCIL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Best Play Solutions
• Interstate Batteries
• Pecatonica River
• Pine Valley Foods
• Ramsey Popcorn
• Trail’s End
• Virginia Diner
• Haines Direct
• Spectrum Marketing Companies
• Kelley Marketing Group Inc.
Bell Fundraising Consultants
• Blackbaud Inc.
• Over the Edge
Woltz & Associates
• Jitasa (formerly Easy Office)