Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: United Way Blackout???
Re: United Way Blackout???
Sat, 10 Oct 1998 09:50:01 -0500
"The big push this time of year in some of my former councils is to educate
the people out there to designate the local council on the fundraising
paperwork, that way more money gopes directly to the council and not to the
Just a note. I was employed by a small United Way for a little over 2
years. This is how we handled designated contributions and fund raising.
1. Yes most UWs have a fund raising "blackout" during the annual campaign.
We enforced a blackout from August to December. Ours did NOT effect
national fundraising campaign such as BSA popcorn or GSA cookie sales.
Remember, especially in a small community it is the same people who donate
to UW, by popcorn, cookies and support the local agencies. They can do only
2. Agencies were normally limited to two approved fund raising event per
year. These are approval by the United Way. Agencies submit requests along
with annual budget request in the spring. Additional fund raisers must be
approved by UW. This would apply to the council not a local BSA troop.
3. Be careful. Designating you UW contributions may not make much
difference. Our budget was about $400,000. Each agency received a
requested budgeted amount based no the success of the campaign. That was
the amount they received regardless of the amount designated to the agency.
For example, lets say the local BSA council is to be allocated $30,000 from
the UW funds. The Boy Scouts have $5,000 designated to them during the
campaign. BSA would still receive $30,000 ($5,000 designations + $25,000
allocations). Should $35,000 be allocated to Boy Scouts, unless the
campaign goal is exceeded BSA would receive $30,000.
I tracked ALL designated contributions and provided a mailing list to the
agencies. They in turn mailed thank you letters to the contributors.
Where: Character Counts :)