Re: BSA Troop Finance Problem
Josh Miller (highland@NS.CENCOM.NET)
Sat, 22 Apr 1995 18:42:21 -0500
>Bob Myers, SM Troop 575, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
>1. Do many other troops not have separate bank accounts and use the books of
>the chartered organization?
Bob, I have heard of other organizations beside the S Army that handle/keep
all the funds of a Unit, the LDS Church is a prime example.
>2. Has any other troop been taxed or tithed by their chartering organization?
Technically all the money the unit raises is the property of the chartered
partner as is the equipment. If the donations were considered TAX
DEDUCTIBLE donations by the donors it even becomes more the property of the
Salvation Army as the troop is not a legal entity and the donations to be
deductible must be made to a registered 501C3 corporation. Now there
certainly are some other considerations such as a donor intention/donor
restriction on the use of the money which would be binding on the Army.
>3. Is tithing even allowed under the unit's charter?
The youth members of the Boy Scouts are not allowed to raise funds for other
organizations. Your description of these funds does not seem to meet this
>4. What would you do?
Talk to Your Scout Executive or his representative DE? FD? ASE? DFS?. This
sounds like a sad situation and you would hope that it could be resolved
through communication by adults.
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