Planned Giving

Endowment provides annual funding to assist financially deserving Scouts, to assist with operations, and to provide maintenance and repair for our facilities. Gifts to the Endowment Fund help secure a long-term future of the Great Rivers Council, BSA. Endowed funds have a common objective: to provide support for not just one year or even one generation, but in perpetuity.

By contributing to Scouting, you will have a profound impact on America. More youth will experience the program that will further instill values and character in their moral fiber. Your gift truly will have a direct impact on our world. Imagine if all of our leaders today lived their lives according to the Scout Oath and Law. Investing in the Boy Scouts of America creates opportunities for youth to gain memorable experiences and be instilled with values, principles and skills that will help them develop into the future leaders of our nation

An investment in Scouting is an investment in America’s future. Your support of Scouting will provide character development, citizenship training and leadership skills to the youth in your community.

Please see all of the ways below that you can support our Endowment fund, including our James E West Fellowship award!

For more information please sign up for BSA’s planned giving newsletter or contact John Fabsits for assistance in making your Endowment or Planned Gift.

Heritage Society

Great Rivers Council Heritage Society recognizes those who want to preserve the tradition and values of Scouting for generations to come. The Heritage Society is a program for those who desire to include Scouting in their estate planning or make gifts to the council’s endowment fund. Gifts may be for general use or restricted for special purposes or programs. 

James E. West Fellowship

The James E. West Fellowship is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to our Council’s endowment fund. This contribution should be in addition to your annual Friends of Scouting gift, as annual operations is always the priority. Organization or individuals may also contribute in honor of someone.

Second Century Society

Membership in the Second Century Society is available to donors who give $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more, to the local council for operating, capital, or endowment.

Memorial Tribute Fund

The Memorial Tribute Fund allows donors to honor someone on a birthday, special occasion, anniversary or in memory of someone. These gifts remain in perpetuity to ensure that Scouting is available for the youth of our future generations. Donations to the Memorial Tribute Fund become part of the endowment fund and are tax deductible.

Make a Memorial Donation

Additional Resources

Learn more
How to Give
Free Estate Planning Guide
Planned Giving Calculator