Planned Giving and Endowments

Endowments

Consider the great investment opportunities: gold, real estate, stocks and bonds, and SCOUTS. Yes, the Boy Scouts.  Other investment opportunities lose their luster; their value declines according to the whims of an unpredictable market. But the worth of the Boy Scouts never declines. It is an investment that always appreciates and always pays dividends because the Boy Scouts invests in people.

For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been teaching young people fundamental lessons in life, and developing enlightened, responsible citizens by instilling the timeless values of trustworthiness and loyalty, helpfulness and friendliness, cheerfulness, courage, and kindness. Yet like all good investments, the Boy Scouts need contributions now to reap a golden harvest in the future.

Endowment emphasis and stewardship is one of the five critical issues of the Boy Scouts of America. Realizing that the future of Scouting is dependent on a sound financial foundation, the development of an adequate endowment fund is vital to the long-range fiscal stability of a local council.

The Garden State Council, Boy Scouts of America Endowment Trust Fund exists to ensure the council’s long-term financial health.

Planned Giving and Bequests

There are many ways to make gifts to the Garden State Council to support local Scouting.  Giving includes lifetime gifts, bequests, beneficiary designations of life insurance and retirement accounts, deferred gifts, and gifts designated to help build the Scout’s endowment fund.

Charitable giving options include:

  • Lifetime gifts of Cash, Property, or Stock
  • Life Insurance and Retirement Accounts – in order to ensure that your gift supports local Scouting, it is very important that the beneficiary of policies and accounts be “Garden State Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • BSA Gift Annuity Program – this is a method of obtaining the tax benefits of making a charitable gift and retain some benefit in the gifted property for a period of time
  • Charitable Remainder or Lead Trusts – this is another method of obtaining the tax benefits of making a charitable gist and retain some benefit in the gifted property for a period of time
  • Bequests in your Will – in order to ensure that your bequest supports local Scouting, it is very important that the beneficiary named in your will be “Garden State Council, Boy Scouts of America

Contact Us

For more information on how to maximize your support to local Scouting and build a legacy of support for future generations of Scouts, call Joyce Skradzinski at (856) 327-1700 ext. 124, joyce.skradzinski@scouting.org