Major Gifts and donations to our endowment fund help ensure that Scouting can continue to offer outstanding programs and services in perpetuity.
“I support scouting because children are the message we send to the future, if we don’t invest in them now, they won’t have the skills and knowledge to take care of themselves in the future” – Dr. Kenneth King
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national award given to donors of gifts of $1,000 or more to the Northern New Jersey Council’s endowment fund. The endowment fund is carefully invested by a corporate trustee, under guidelines set by the Executive Board. The purpose of the fund is to preserve and grow the principle of the fund, while annually utilizing some of the fund to benefit Council operations and properties. Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, and trusts, or other assets that can easily be converted to cash are also welcomed.
A James E. West donation is a great way to ensure that Scouting lives on. Contributions can be made in honor of someone such as a Eagle Scout, Cub master, Scout Master, Den Leader or in memory of a departed loved one, business associates, or a special Scouter.
Anyone who becomes a James E. West Fellow receives a special invite to a fellow ship event, certificate, lapel pin and a knot for the uniform.
Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold or Diamond levels.
$1000 – Bronze Member Level receives certificate and Bronze pin
$5000 – Silver Member Level receives certificate and Silver pin.
$10000 – Gold Member Level receives certificate and Gold pin
$15000 – Diamond Member Level receives certificate and Diamond pin
The Second Century Society
The Second Century Society, SCS, is the Boy Scouts of America’s national social organization of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations stewarded by key volunteers and implemented by the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. Established in 2011, SCS, replaces the 1910 Society and Founders Circle as the way to recognize Scouting’s major donors at both the local and national levels. Qualifying gifts to be recognized as a Second Century Society member have a broader definition than Scouting’s major gift recognition in the past. These gifts include an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more to a local council, the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, high-adventure base or any Scouting entity for operating, capital, or endowment. Any donor who is recognized as a Second Century Society member is awarded a certificate and given a lapel pin indicating their level of support.
Investing in our Youth
“Scouting teaches teamwork. It’s not about who is strongest. It’s not about who is smartest. You don’t achieve any of these ranks without a team. The program very much teaches how to be team follower and a team leader.” – Jim Ferrone Read More about Jim’s Scouting story
If you would like to find out more about solutions for your estate planning needs, our gift recognition program or about our Council Endowment Fund, contact e-mail is Jennifer.Tanis@Scouting.org or call 201-677-1000 ex 51