Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 11:51:35 -0500
In a message dated 95-12-07 07:13:43 EST, MNEUMONIC1@AOL.COM (Joe Olivo)
>As Troop Committee Chairman, any restrictions from my soliciting and
>accepting donations ($$) from local corporations (i.e., Coca Cola, United
>Parcel, etc.) that have a major presence in the community?
Based on my reading of the Finance Policy Manual of the BSA, there are no
restrictions on this type of activity other than the fact that you must file
a "Unit Money-Earning Application" with the local council and recieve
Keep in mind however that we need to see the big picture in these endeavors.
If the local Coca Cola distributor is approached by units for contributions,
he/she may give twenty-five or thirty dollers here or there; if he/she is
approached by council for a FOS/SME gift, they may give $1000 gift which will
provide camperships to needy scouts or may make a major contribution to build
a new facility at camp. If they have already given to a number of units @
$25 each, they may use this as an excuse not to give to the council.
I prefer to have local units do "kid oriented" fundraising. That is,
carwashes, spagetti suppers, pancake breakfasts, etc. That way we don't
bring in the "big guns" (corporate donors) to meet small needs.
Also keep in mind that all unit fundraising is done on behalf of the unit
which belongs to the Chartered Organization. Make sure your donor
understands that they are giving to Troop 111, not to the Boy Scouts of
America. Otherwise they may misunderstand and get annoyed when District or
Council approaches them for FOS/SME contributions.
All of the above is MHO, and I am sure that some of you out there will
strongly disagree, but remember it's always important to use your resources
wisely and not squander major resources to meet minor needs.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City