scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: United Way Cutoff in Boston
Wed Aug 02 2000 - 19:36:04 CDT
Neil Lupton wrote:
> UNITED WAY CUTS FUNDING TO BOY SCOUTS
IMHO this is a good thing. Any Council that didn't get the
message and start to wean itself from United Way dependence
back in the early 90's had a derelict Executive Board or has
been merged out of existence.
The United Way (and United Fund and Community Chest
predecessors) started out as a good idea - instead of 30
different charities all hitting the public throughout the
year, have one combined campaign and share the resulting
This worked well before the days of the "Professional Fund
Raiser" and the "Non-profit Manager" career tracks and until
the organization nationally AND locally got an agenda.
Since the '70s, the United Way has been in a position to
influence and dictate the programs of member organizations.
Don't believe that? --- then I invite you to research
something the BSA called "Urban Emphasis." If you have a
program for inner-city, gay, Hispanic youth from broken
homes (only slightly exaggerated ;-)) your program will be a
well-funded, United Way darling. But, holistic programs like
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Red Cross do not fare well
under the United Way scheme. Developing character,
citizenship and fitness is just not "targeted" enough.
Again IMHO, I think the Boy Scouts bring more to the United
Way table than they receive in return. Many Councils have
been receiving low allocations and designated funds only ---
but, when it's time for the United Way Campaign, check out
the newspaper and television ads - you'll find that up there
at the top of the list of agencies they claim to support are
the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross.....