scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: FOS, CFC, UW, Etc.
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun Mar 21 1993 - 04:22:04 CST
Professor Beaver (Mike Bowman) explained the differences between the three
ways that the BSA (and other youth agencies) receive funding and gave some great
>Friends of Scouting (FOS) is a direct solicitation of funds from you and
>community business. All of the funds collected go directly to Scouting.
This funding makes up between a fifth and a third of what your Council's
annual budget consists of, but it's an IMPORTANT fifth to third. We would
all like to believe that the BSA "pulls in the dough" at FOS (what some
old-timers remember as SME, or Sustaining Membership Enrollment) time, when
in reality many Councils are happy to exceed last year's campaign by a
couple hundred dollars!
Also remember that FOS is NOT a National campaign; it is a LOCAL COUNCIL
campaign, which means that the monies collected REMAIN in the local Council
to fund local Council programming, events and activities and to assist with
paying the annual charter fees for each local Council (and the insurance).
Each Council conducts the campaign a little differently, and some at
different times of the year, although the "standard" is from Janurary 15th
or so through the end of March each year (to run in line with Scouting's
anniversary month and tax time).
>The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is used by the federal government to
>avoid hundreds of smaller efforts at soliciting for charitable and
>non-profit entities from federal employees. Many Scouters who
>are federal employees are going to want to give via CFC. It is important
>for local Councils to make sure these Scouters know the correct four-digit
>code to put on the form for a direct contribution to Scouting. Otherwise
>the money will go to the general pool supporting organizations that run the
CFC typically runs during the same period of time as the fall United Way
campaigns, although in Europe and the Far East, those campaigns run during
the late spring/early summer instead. CFC came about mainly through the
military's improvements in the area of funding community charities. In the
past, military units "passed the hat" and coerced soldiers and family
members to "give or suffer".
The same kinds of things went onward (still?) in the civilian government
>The United Way is a combined fundraiser similar to CFC except that it
>solicits funds from non-federal entities; e.g., businesses and individuals.
>In most areas they use a formula to determine how much of the take goes to
>what organization. In nearly every community the amount designated for BSA
>is getting smaller and smaller.
These are also explained, including links to both the Combined Federal Campaign
and to the United Ways of America through my Financing Scouting website,
which is located at http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle/finance/money.htm
Mike also stated:
>If you want to make sure that your money goes directly to Scouting, FOS is
>the best way to make this happen. If you are a federal employee you can
>designate your giving and that works out pretty much the same way. If you
>are giving to United Way, unless you are allowed to designate a gift (not
>sure that is an option in most places), the money is going to get really
>diluted before it ever gets to BSA.
In most locations, the designated gift is a good way to *narrow down* those
agencies you wish to provide support to and only the smaller United Ways do
not allow it (because of the "pool" of organizations). Other United Ways
will allow you to do if you contact them in advance of your giving and
providing them the agency(ies) that you wish to provide funding toward.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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