Endowment Funding

James E. West Fellowship

James West Fellowship KnotJames E. West was the first chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship Award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to the council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to--and not replace or diminish--the donor's annual Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and corporations make these gifts either on behalf of someone else--such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary--or in memory of a special individual. If an institution is truly "the lengthened shadow of one man," it is more than fitting that the Boy Scouts of America honor James E. West's significant contributions to Scouting in such a significant way.

1910 Society

1910 SocietyFounded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has grown into some thing larger and more significant than anyone anticipated. We honor that special date by presenting the 1910 Society award to donors who make gifts of $25,000 or more to their council endowments. These gifts can be in the form of cash, securities, land, five-year pledges, or other property suitable for a council endowment fund or easily converted to cash. There are four levels of recognition in the 1910 Society that honor four very special individuals who shaped modern-day Scouting.

  1. Earnest Thomas Seton, nationally known artist and naturalist, author of the first official American Scout handbook and many other books important to Scouting;
    1. Seton Level membership: $25,000 minimum gift
  2. Daniel Carter Beard, first chairman of the National Court of Honor, national Scout commissioner, and author of many well-known books and stories for youth;
    1. Beard Level membership: $100,000 minimum gift
  3. Theodore Roosevelt, first Chief Scout Citizen, first Vice President of the BSA, and President of the United States;
    1. Roosevelt Level membership: $500,000 minimum gift
  4. Waite Phillips, one of the BSA's first benefactors, and donor to the BSA of almost 130,000 acres of land in New Mexico which became Philmont Scout Ranch;
    1. Phillips Level membership: $1,000,000 minimum gift

The Founders Circle

Founders Circle LogoThe newest level of endowment recognition, the Founders Circle, is intended to recognize deferred gifts designated for Council endowment funds. With deferred giving (also called planned giving) so widely and effectively used by so many donors, the BSA wants to recognize the importance of such major gifts. Donors are recognized for gift commitments with a minimum value of $100,000. Unlike the other endowment recognition awards, the donor may qualify for membership with gifts made through:

As with the 1910 Society, there are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle. They are:

The early founders of the BSA had the vision and commitment to make Scouting the number one youth organization in the world. In that spirit, we honor the modern-day visionaries who qualify for the Founders Circle in their commitment to perpetuate the visions and beliefs of those founders.

If you would like more information on participating in one of these programs, please contact Occoneechee Council


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