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Scouting’s original founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, lived by an interesting motto: we only have a short time to live, so we must do things that are worthwhile, and do them now. This belief clearly influenced his vision of the organization he was to create. But it also continues to define the true importance of Scouting, the relevance and impact of its programs, and the vital role that our great volunteers play in making Scouting what it is today. Few things are as worthwhile, or as important to do now, as taking care of those you love and care about the most. So take a few minutes to see some of the wonderful things you can do with your charitable gifts, in ways that can benefit you, your family, and your favorite charities.


The Founders Circle is intended to recognize deferred gifts designated for council endowment funds.With deferred giving (also called planned giving) so widely and effectively used by so many donors, the BSA wants to recognize the importance of such major gifts. Donors are recognized for gift commitments of $100,000 or more. Unlike the other endowment recognition awards, a donor may qualify for membership with gifts made through:

  • Charitable bequests in a will or codicil.
  • Charitable trusts, such as unitrusts, annuity trusts, and lead trusts .
  • BSA Gift Annuities or BSA Pooled Income Fund gifts .
  • Life insurance/retirement plan designations .

Other deferred gifts approved by the local council .There are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle:

  • Bronze $100,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Silver $250,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Gold $500,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Platinum $1,000,000 minimum gift commitment

The early founders of the BSA had the vision and commitment to make Scouting the number one youth organization in the world. In that spirit, we honor the modern-day visionaries who qualify for the Founders Circle in their commitment to perpetuate the visions and beliefs of those founders. For mor information, please contact Mike Kaufman Director of Strategic Initiatives Three Fires Council, or 630-797-4636.