Shaping New Leaders
Young people benefit through many involvements Scouting youth have great fun activities where they learn character development, leadership and skills that will benefit them their entire life. Through Scouting, young people experience salesmanship, community service, community involvement, personal achievement and successes, and the need to take responsibility for themselves and others that depend on them. Your philanthropic gift today will be enormously leveraged for our future Scouts.

Shaping Our Experience
I recognize that by giving back, my successors will flourish as I did. For those of us who feel these ties, giving to Scouting is a way not just to support this special tradition, but to continue our participation in it. A strong endowment functions to sustain for future generations a Scouting community that, we hope, will shape, engage, and inspire them.

Preserving Camps
During difficult economic conditions, many non-profits are forced to pay for basic programming costs by cutting corners on maintenance and renovation. Camps suffer from neglect. With endowment growth, the Council is able to address past problems and avoid new ones. The endowment ensures that our camps capture the imagination of Scouts who arrive here in the future, just as it captured former Scouts imagination when they first visited.

The growth of the endowment fund makes all of this possible, enabling Scouting to fulfill its expanding mission to reach more young people. The endowment was built up over time by gifts from generations of Scouts, parents, and friends who felt a deep commitment to Scouting, please join me by becoming a James E. West Fellow or 1910 member.

Endowment Opportunities
A gift to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund, qualifies for membership as a James E. West fellow.  The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support.  A minimum gift of $1000 in cash or marketable securities qualifies for the Bronze level membership. Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond member levels.  For example, 5 years of giving at the Bronze level would qualify for Silver level membership.  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.

James E. West Fellowship – Cash or Securities
Bronze Member Level: $1,000
Silver Member Level: $5,000
Gold Member Level: $10,000
Diamond Member Level: $15,000

Second Century Society – Deferred Gifts
Platinum: $1,000,000
Gold: $500,000
Silver: $250,000
Bronze: $100,000

Sound Administrative Management
Your endowment gift is carefully administered by the Board Directors of the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America. One of the main objectives of this plan is to see that income from any endowed gift is used exactly as directed by the donor — not just now, but “For Generations to Come.” Endowment Fund principal can not be spent, however the investment dollars raised from the corpus of the fund are used to support operating functions of the Council.