Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: donations (1/2)
Re: donations (1/2)
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 00:50:21 -0600
Let me see if I can untangle this for you; you asked us all:
>The FOS forum falsely infers to the business it talks to into donating that
>they are donating directly to the Scouts, when we try to solicit donations we
>are told that they already gave to FOS. That is wrong and unfair!
They ARE donating directly to the Scouts, Joel; however, they are not
donating directly to a UNIT or GROUP of UNITS, but rather to the local Council.
Wrong? Not in the least. Remember why the Council exists: to provide a
support structure, organizational means, and adminstrative support to ALL of
the units residing within it's territory. The Council doesn't exist to just
run your summer camps. And it certainly doesn't exist to hire professional
members to raise monies for itself. The Council raises monies and badger
people for YOUR UNITS' SAKE and for the sake of ALL of the units in the
territory served by the Council.
Unfair? Perhaps. If this was the 50s or early 60s, you would have less of
a "beef" because at that time, you would have been approached by those
companies and instead of them providing your unit money, they would have
bought new canoes, or lanterns, or perhaps underwrote your Troop's adventure
to summer camp. This is because they KNOW YOUR UNIT, probably know YOU and
the other Scouters because THEY PROBABLY CHARTERED YOUR UNIT. Those were
the days that if your chartered organization wasn't constantly bothering
your unit asking "What do you need from us?", something terribly wrong was
going on with the chartered organization (not with your unit).
Later onward, the focus started to shift from "community support" to more
broader "people support" by many companies, churches, and schools. It
wasn't enough to help those people in your community, now the focus was on
helping people in other locations. Scouting, as a "community resource" had
to change from that of the "local unit" to that of a broader-based,
multi-ethnic (and racial) organization that will take what monies they get
and spread it out so that all of the units receive the support it needed.
While still most units didn't need that canoe or lantern, now the Council's
summer camp needed it....and that's where the money was sent. We had a
period in which ALL of our camping facilities received gobs of money because
"camping is a good thing...and nobody does it better than the BSA."
Then, the realities hit in, around the time of the gas rationing. It takes
MORE than just lanterns and canoes to make a BSA Council run effectively and
efficiently. We had hired specialists to work within our schools, our
churches, our camps. We hired people to interpret the program in our rural
and innercities. Those people cost money and the facilities that they were
housed from cost money too. Not to mention that we changed our program
twice, changed our uniforms, and changed our name twice during that period
of time....all which cost MONEY. So the concept of "giving to the Council"
was further developed and that's where we moved toward.
The money is STILL going to your unit....in the form of badges, book, forms,
and facilities...all which cost money. And while the BSA has held costs
down as much as they could, Joel, the costs of the uniform just HAD to go up
because the people making the uniform said that "we just can't make it at
the old prices."
At this point, people (especially those on that rec.scouting.issues forum
over *there*) always ask "well, then, where does the federal money that the
BSA gets go? Where does the money that the BSA gets to do special-like
experimental programs goe? Where does the money that you pay in for
national dues go? It sounds like to me that SOMEONE'S "getting over" with
regard to the BSA's monies"
First, the BSA gets very little federal, state and local government monies.
What monies they do receive, is funnelled into the local Councils where the
program or benefit is going to affect. The BSA, like any other national
non-profit, does compete for various grants and fellowships, and those
monies are used to bolster up the national coffers and NOT the local Council
(unless a local Council professional or volunteer receives the grant or
fellowship, in which the local Council does receive a slight benefit from).
Second, the monies that the BSA does receive from time to time to spend on
experimental programs, also goes to those Councils and Regions that are
conducting the study, or carrying out the program. For instance, the BSA
spent more than a half million dollars (and a likewise amount of its own
monies under a matching grant) to fund the "Drugs: a Deadly Game" program
and before that, the REACH program to curb drug abuse in this nation. Every
local Council benefitted from those materials, and more than 57,000 local
schools, churches and civic organizations ALSO benefitted because local
Councils were not only encouraged but WERE TOLD to give away much of those
materials to chartered organizations, potential chartered organizations, and
like-minded civic and law-enforcement groups. Many of the first DARE
materials strangly enough, came from the Boy Scouts of America.
Thirdly, the national dues that we pay ($7.00 per adult) goes to the BSA's
national coffers, and NOT A PENNY GOES TO THE LOCAL COUNCIL. The same goes
with the National Charter fee each unit and each local Council pays. Those
things go to support at one time six national outdoor adventure bases (now
four) and their employees; the national office and its expenses; the
national share of national programming like the National Scout Jamboree, the
OA National Conferences, the Explorer Officers Conferences, and the National
Meeting of the BSA. It also goes to help underwrite the BSA's Direct
Service Council, to help provide assistance to Scouts and Scouters around
the world through the International Division, and to provide unfortunately
legal services to local Councils and to the program itself over the past 13
years. It also funds 16 newsletters, three magazines (at one time five such
magazines), and now funds electronics and computer technology in all of the
BSA's 300 or so locations.
(More in the followup to this posting).
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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