Endowment & Planned Giving
Perpetuating Scouting’s Future
Maintaining and expanding our program outreach to youth will become increasingly difficult in the years ahead. Innovative and relevant programs to attract and hold youth will require new and increased financial support. Funding from traditional sources becomes more challenging each year. In response to this challenge, the Washington Crossing Council is committed to further develop and expand the endowment trust fund. The desired outcome is to produce increased operating income for this source. This fund, which is permanent and professionally managed, is restricted in order that the principal remains in perpetuity, with earned income used annually for support of program. Through the establishment of a permanent endowment fund the volunteer Executive Board has provide a vehicle that will provide income to the annual budget without ever decreasing permanent gifts made to this fund.
James E. West Fellowship
In recognition of individuals who contribute to the Washington Crossing Council’s permanent endowment fund, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has created the James E. West Fellowship. The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, B.S.A. and is presented by the Council for individuals and units that contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Council’s Endowment Fund.
Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone – an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District, or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow indicating the nominees is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own “lengthened shadow” as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability need to carry Scouting into the next century.
If you would like more information on the Council’s permanently restricted endowment fund or the James E. West Fellowship, please contact our Scout Executive:
Second Century Society
The Second Century Society is designed to meaningfully foster the relationship between you and Scouting. Gifts to the Washington Crossing Council used for operating, capital, or endowment are eligible for recognition. As you continue to make Scouting a part of your philanthropy, you join an elite group who share your desire to impact the future of our youth. Second Century Society (SCS), members enjoy the opportunity to travel on exclusive Scouting-oriented trips and fellowship with BSA leadership.
Have you made a gift to Scouting of at least $25,000, outright or payable over 5 years? Donors may qualify to be a Second Century Society Member with a gift between $25,000 and $99,999.00. The Washington Crossing Council will recognize your gift with a pin and certificate.
Discussion and a Cup of Coffee
We would welcome the opportunity to visit you at your home and discuss your wishes and intentions. Please feel free to invite friends, family, or trusted advisers to join us. We will discuss the various opportunities to help the BSA and recommend, if possible, one of the many tax-saving, income generating ideas available. To discuss convenient meeting times contact our Scout Executive: