Re: Cash Donations
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 13:23:16 -0500
There has been a great deal of comment on accepting a cash =
donation, so I thought that I'd add my two cents:
1. The national rules for unit money-earning projects are clear - =
there must be something for value. Lotteries or other gaming and =
direct soliciting of donations by units are prohibited.
2. The unit is *NOT* a tax-exempt organization. Therefore, an =
individual or company that makes a donation to a unit cannot write =
this off as a charitable contribution on their tax returns.
3. One of the "hidden purposes" of unit fundraising is to teach =
the scouts to earn their own way, and not to expect something for =
4. The company in question wants some good PR - they essentially =
want to "buy" the BSA's image and use it to promote their company. =
Is a unit in the position to judge the ramifications of this? =
Suppose the local "adult" bookstore wanted to donate cash to a unit =
in exchange for a picture in the paper?
5. As scouters, we should try and determine where the money would =
do the most good for the greatest number of people. My unit =
doesn't need a $5,000 donation, for example, but the council =
camping program sure does. Also, the council professionals might =
be in a position to make this a regular part of the company's =
giving program, providing many years worth of benefit. The council =
works hard to raise money to support the program. It creates a lot =
of hard feelings when a council representative goes into a business =
that should be able to give substantial sums to scouting, but is =
told that they gave a few hundred dollars to a local unit, instead.
Admittedly, some of the above points are "worst case", but worst =
case has a habit of happening sometimes. My suggestion would be to =
work with the council on this. Perhaps something could also be =
done with the unit - what is the company's product? Can a true =
fundraiser be designed that utilizes the company's property?
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.14
District Advancement Chair, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Advisor to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City