scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: United Way Black-out periods
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sat Aug 12 2000 - 09:29:13 CDT
I am not an expert, but have been active in this council for seventeen
years, and have even run afoul of the rules once myself.
BSA schedules their fund-raiser, pop corn sales, in the fall, with
United Way approval, for two reasons. It's getting near the holidays,
and these beautiful decorated tins of ready-made popcorn, carmel corn
and chocolate covered caramel corn would make nice holiday gifts, and it
does not interfere with the UW campaign for November/December. The
second reason popcorn sale is in the fall...Girl Scout Cookies are sold
in the spring!
We have been counseled by the SE not to compete with popcorn sales with
another type of fund raiser for the unit simply because it confuses the
public, and competes for the donating dollar. Yes, you are buying a
product with popcorn, but the public still perceives it as a "donation."
During the UW campaign, our council office will not approve any other
fund raising project done during the "black-out period" of the United
Way campaign. Once again you are dividing up the donation dollar. I sat
on another Board of a UW funded group and you signed a contract with UW
not do do other fund raisers during the campaign times. If you diid, you
could lose your UW funding.
Any fund raiser the pack or troop does, must have approval from the
council office. There is a form you fill out and they approve or deny
the request. That is, if you want the boys to be able to wear uniforms,
and identify themselves as Johnny, a Boy Scout in Troop XX. I know for a
fact that several units do fund raising without council permission. Let
me give you an example of something.
Each year, in our council, we have some "grand prizes" for popcorn
sales, above and beyond what Trails End gives for prizes. I was one the
committee for this one year. I went to the local WalMart store and
asked the GM if he would give one gift to us in the form of a fancy BMX
bike, instead of donating to all the den mothers who come in for small
donations to use in their den meetings, etc. He lined up four or five
WalMart stores in our district to all pitch in and we got several "grand
prizes" from about five or six stores. They then cut off the small
donations for the rest of the year.
Not only was I ostracized by den mothers throughout the district, I was
threatened by one in the middle of a Pow Wow class from another part of
the council! I was told in front of the class members, that if I ever
did anything like that again, she would castrate me in front of the
scout office! Needless to say I never served on that committee again.
The SE unregistered her real fast, too.
I hope this helps.