The James E. West Fellowship Award
Dr. James E. West (May 16, 1876 – May 15, 1948) was a lawyer and an advocate of children's rights, who become the first professional Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), serving from 1911–1943. Upon his retirement from the BSA, West was given the title of Chief Scout.
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or marketable securities to the Council's Endowment Trust Fund. This gift must be in addition to – and not replace or diminish – the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and organizations make these gifts on behalf of someone else – such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary – or in memory of a special individual.
For information download the endowment brochure and application. If you have questions, please contact David Hagar.
Recognition: The James E. West Fellowship Award is recognized with a personalized certificate. In addition, a distinctive level lapel pin and an exclusive knot for the uniform are presented at a special recognition program. The recipient will also be included in special Golden Empire Council events and mailings in the future.
$1000 or more Bronze Level
$5000 or more Silver Level
$10,000 or more Gold Level
$15,000 or more Diamond Level
The Second Century Society
The Second Century Society was named in recognition of the year in which the visionary early leaders founded the Boy Scouts of America, which was patterned after the Scouting program developed in England by Sir Baden-Powell. Those who make a gift now to further endow Scouting are themselves modern-day visionaries. It is appropriate, therefore, that these visionaries be recognized as they help ensure the Scouting legacy for future generations of young Americans by securing the financial stability of the Boy Scout programs in the Golden Empire Council into the future.
Qualifications: As these individuals helped to ensure the Scouting legacy for future generations there is a call today for new visionary leaders to do the same. To qualify, an individual, company or an organization must contribute $25,000 or a deferred Gift of $1000,000 or more to the Endowment Fund,Capital Fund and Operating Fund. These gifts can be in the form of cash, securities, land, five-year pledges, or other property that is easily converted to cash.
Recognition: Members of the Second Century Society will receive a distinctive lapel pin, a knot for their uniform, and a personalized, certificate. A device on the lapel pin and knot will distinguish the level of giving. The recipient will also be included in special Golden Empire Council events and mailings.
Boy Scouts of America National Foundation
The Boy Scouts of America National Foundation is another way to support Scouting. Our hope is to serve you and your family with helpful information. We have an increasing number of friends who now are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities, and other plans.