Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Donations, last note (almost)
Re: Donations, last note (almost)
Roman J. Smith
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 06:59:13 -0500
James J. Miller, Jr. writes:
>My Troop has accepted cash donations from organizations, but ONLY when
>we have provided some kind of service in return for those donations.
I think we have to distinguish between types of donations when we talk
about individual units. Our unit will not solicit donations without
offering a service or product of value.
However, we have and will accept *unsolicited* donations. They have been
few in number and small in value, but I would accept any amount as long as
it was freely given without any solicitation on our part.
I also hand out a "wish list" to the parents every fall. What we hope for
is to have used equipment and supplies donated to the troop. This last
year the list included a vacuum cleaner for the youth meeting room in the
church, used tents and coolers. Some parents found an item or two at
garage sales, bought them, and resold them to the troop at their cost.
Others had items at home that they were no longer using and donated them.
We only got a few items on the list. There were no major items of value
except for metal shelving for our storage room and a dozen nice chairs.
Those items were donated by a group that had them stored in a warehouse for
later sale; the proceeds earmarked for charity. One of our adult leaders
belonged to the group that donated the items.
So other than the annual "wish list" that I give only to parents and adult
leaders, we solicit no funds without exchanging something of value. But we
do accept any money or items freely offered.
Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl