“The past is our heritage. The present our opportunity. The future our hope.”

Encouraging gifts to the Patriots’ Path Council’s Forever Fund is one of Scouting’s highest priorities. It is one of the best ways to ensure that our council will continue to offer outstanding programs and also grow to meet the needs of the youth and communities it serves.

In its gratitude for such support, the Patriot’s Path Council, Boy Scouts of America offers three distinct endowment recognition awards. These awards are presented at local events that the Patriots’ Path Council conducts:

  • James E. West Fellowship Program
  • Second Century Society
  • Presidents Leadership Council

More information is offered by the Forever Fund Team through major gifts and planned giving opportunities.

James E. West Fellowship

The fellowship recognizes gifts to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund.

Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Bronze ($1,000) Silver ($5,000), Gold ($10,000), and Diamond ($15,000) member levels.

Second Century SocietySecond-Century-Scout

Second Century Society is to recognize gifts of $25,000 or more, given outright or payable over five years, or $100,000 or more, deferred, qualify the donor for membership in the Second Century Society. These gifts may benefit a local council, the BSA Foundation, a high-adventure base, or any BSA entity for operating, capital, or endowment.

$25,000+ Member Level — Lapel pin and certificate

$100,000+ Member Level –Special lapel pin and certificate, a framed Norman Rockwell print, and custom Second Century Society insignia. Designation of “Members With Distinction.”

$500,000+ Member Level — All of the above; at this level, the Norman Rockwell print is a custom limited edition. Designated as “Legacy Members.”

$1,000,000+ Member Level — All of the above; donors at this level receive a premium-quality, framed Rockwell giclée. Designated as “Legacy Members.”

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Presidents Leadership Councilpresidents leadership council logo

Gifts to or through the BSA Foundation, given outright or payable over five years as part of an advised fund, designated fund, trust, or other foundation fund structure, qualify the donor for membership in the exclusive Presidents Leadership Council. Gifts may be designated to benefit local councils, high-adventure facilities, or other BSA entities.

$1,000,000+ Member Level  — A numbered, limited-edition replica of Rockwell’s “Scoutmaster” in bronze. An original, commissioned Presidents Leadership Council marble sculpture. A framed, full-size Rockwell giclée of the donor’s choice from a catalog of work. A custom Presidents Leadership Council tie. Invitations to exclusive Presidents Leadership Council events.

$5,000,000+ Member Level — All of the above and personalized custom recognition items

$10,000,000+ Member Level — All of the above and personalized custom recognition items

Annual gifts, product sales, and special events are important, but they only sustain a council’s current needs. For major growth, Scouting needs major gifts. They are critical to Scouting’s future, whether current or deferred, general or specific; for local, national, or international use; and for operating, capital, or endowment.

We believe that major gifts, those of $25,000 and more, are worthy of recognition at a national level. Besides monetary gifts, we also recognize gifts such as:

  • Stocks, bonds, real estate, other non-cash assets, charitable income trusts and gift annuities
  • Bequests, pledges, IRAs and insurance designations
  • Donor-advised funds to benefit Scouting and even some organizations outside of Scouting such as universities, schools, medical charities and more
  • New scholarships, camperships, or designated funds for specific councils, projects or geographical areas
  • Gifts to support specific Scouting projects, funds, and initiatives such as innovation, STEM or conservation/ sustainability

For more information about these types of gifts and others, please contact Joseph Gonnella.

When you believe deeply in the importance of an organization like the Boy Scouts of America, you hope your generosity will have a powerful and lasting impact.

Whether your gifts are small, loyal contributions to the annual Friends of Scouting campaign or you have made an endowment donation to become a James E. West Fellow, we thank you. Your support helps to ensure that Scouting programs in Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties remain as vibrant today as they were a century ago.

However, often times you wish you could afford to do even more. There are several ways to extend your support of Scouting far into the future through charitable gift planning.

This publication outlines several options for your consideration. Some possibilities make it feasible for you to realize significant tax savings today or to reduce the cost of passing property to your heirs. It doesn’t have to be complicated or reserved for only those of great wealth.

What I find compelling is that charitable gift planning so closely matches the values of Scouting. Please join me in following the wisdom of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, and “try and leave this world a little better than we found it.”

Planned Giving Guide Booklet version 2019

Contact Us

Office Contact
Joseph Gonnella
(973) 765-9322 x242

For more information about giving to Scouting’s Forever Fund contact Patriots’ Path Council at 973.765.9322.