How We Are Funded
2017 FOS - Friends of Scouting Resources
Updated 2017 Friends of Scouting Material is being reviewed by the Council Friends of Scouting Committee. Updated and new documents designed to assist all FOS Unit Coordinators, FOS Presenters and FOS Chairs will be posted here soon. Contact me if I can be of assistance as you plan your 2017 Unit Friends of Scouting campaign or if you have any questions!
The James E. West Fellowship
Pay it Forward Through a Lasting Legacy
With the leadership of a dedicated volunteer and the Lowaneu Allanque Lodge the Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America has been promoting the James E. West Fellowship award to recognize outstanding volunteers through an investment in the future of Scouting. Again this year we will be presenting James E. West Fellowship Awards in the name of deserving volunteers. It is our hope that we can engage more donors throughout the Council to “Pay it Forward.” For every $1,000 we raise in endowment gifts we can present a James E. West Fellowship Award to another deserving volunteer. Gifts made to this program should be in addition to your normal annual giving. Any contributions to the endowment fund are permanently restricted and only the interest earned on those gifts will be used annually to support local Scouting. It is truly a gift that keeps giving and ensures the future of Scouting.
In response to some recent inquiries about auctions and selling items to benefit the Council, TFC is now registered as an official charity on eBay. Now if you sell something on eBay you can designate a portion to support the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council!
Matching Gift Program
Each year hundreds of volunteers make contributions to the Three Fires Council and then work with their employer to match their gift. Many companies will do a 2 to 1 match or even 3 to 1 match and some will match your volunteer hours to Scouting. Please look into this unique opportunity with your employer to see how you can have a bigger impact on Scouting.
You Too Can Make a Difference Through Matching Gifts From Your EmployerContact your Human Resources Department and fill out a matching gift form to match your Friends of Scouting contribution or for your hours of volunteer service. Submit the form to your company or mail it to the Council depending on the instructions. Once the Council receives the form we will verify the gift or the hours of service and return to your employer to match your Scouting contribution. You will make an even greater impact on Scouting! To help with this we are asking that everyone write down their employer on the employer name line on the FOS Card. If you are not sure if your company offers a matching gift program we can follow up to try and secure more matching gift funds.
How do I get my gift matched?Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses, retirees, and widows/widowers. Most corporate procedures are very simple:
- Request a Matching Form from your company, usually HR or payroll.
- Complete and submit the form to Three Fires Council with your gift.
- Three Fires Council will verify the completed form and return it to the company.
- The company issues a matching gift contribution to Three Fires Council.
Do you have a car that you would like to donate to Scouting to help our council? If so, click on the link above, which has the information that you will need to donate.
We have a great relationship with Insurance Auto Auctions, a company that processes more than 1 million vehicle donations at more than 160 locations around the country; and our Scouting campaign continues to grow from this great service. Our council is already using the program! For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America® has changed lives, and your support will help provide character development, citizenship training, personal fitness, and leadership skills for youth across America.
Memorial and Tributes
The Memorial/Tribute Fund of Three Fires Council is a way to recognize the Scouting experiences of a deceased Scout or Scouter.
IN MEMORY of Suzette Heinze
FROM: Richard & Rebecca Stewart
IN MEMORY of Harlan Wolfe
FROM: Auroraland Auto Restorers Club - Mary & Lewis Heap - George & Elaine Hettrich - Robert & Shirley LeClercq - William & Jean Prince - Richard & Rebecca Stewart - Ben Brown - Paul and Demaris NcNabb
IN MEMORY of Jerry Gardner
FROM: Margaret Gardner
IN MEMORY of Daniel Heidenrieich
FROM: Nicholas & Claire Proce
IN MEMORY of Phyllis Davison
FROM: Karen & Lawrence Hamilton
IN HONOR of Nicholas Dzierzanowski
FROM: Janet Hodyl
IN MEMORY of Robert Holmes
FROM: Sharon Gongaware - P2ES Holdings Inc
IN MEMORY of Richard McCann
FROM: Dennis and Joan Cook
IN MEMORY of Ryan Mademann
FROM: Karen Eschenbach - Randall and Lynda Kaehr
IN MEMORY of James Littrell
FROM: Caroline Humes - Charles and Marlene Dahlquist
IN MEMORY of Bob Holmes
FROM: Jeffrey & Debra Mengler - Frank and Patricia Butler - Danielle Prybylek - Lila GrantRebecca Griffith - Mark Woodard - Julie and Shawn Glanville
IN HONOR OF Aaron John Sebonia
FROM: Philip Lahey
IN MEMORY of Jim Heirty
FROM: Janyce Regan - Gail Peterson - Chuck Peterson - Leslie & Joan Kopecky - Mrs. Evelyn Berleman - Robert & Lois Stoker - Marian Dahldorf - Edward & Marilyn Einbeck - Diana & Donald Jarmacz - Kevin & Judith Pearl - Charles & Linda Dippold - James & Katherine Hamann - Margaret Gawlik - Neil & Marla Quick - Barbara Pritchard - Alexander & Lauretta Schneider - Gerald & Rita Spearman - Regina Stantz
IN MEMORY of Kevin Grieco
FROM: Chanonee Troop 33 - Mary Mulcahy - Timothy Dupree - Dudley Nosworthy II - Laurie Woodbury - Knights of Columbus - Christopher Burke Engineering, LTD - Charles & Betty Parisi - Sean Conley - Joseph & Lynn Kadolph - Martin Clement - Cartoncraft, Inc - Markham Memorial VFW, Ladies Aux 9801 - Chanonee Troop 23 - 2-122 FA Soldiers Fund - Herbert & Kelley Pysarenko - Larry & Sandy Jolly - John & Patricia Bomher - John Grieco, Jr. & Dorothy Key - American Legion #1084 - Jeffrey Howe
Gift in kind
There are many ways to help out our camps while helping the Scouts save on their operating budget.
- Gifts-in-kind is a simple concept whereby the Boy Scouts accept the donation of a product that it would normally have purchased through its annual operating budget. The key is that the donated product meets the specifications of what would have been purchased; making the item donated a “budget relief” for the council.
- Specific project support is a concept whereby the Boy Scouts account and credit specific costs related to a particular program or activity from the operating budget. The costs are separated and written up as a “project” so that the potential donor knows exactly what he or she is supporting financially. This is an excellent way to match donor interests with specific budgetary expenses that are already a part of the council’s operating budget.
If you would like to support in one of these ways please check out our Program Support Brochure.