Annual & Matching Giving
Did you know there are many ways to support the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America besides writing a check? With a little planning, you can include a gift to the Council within your overall estate or financial plans that will help preserve the Council’s mission and provide you with tax benefits in return.
Bequests, Wills & Trusts
Leave a legacy for the youth served by the Greater St. Louis Area Council by naming the Council as a beneficiary in your Will or trust.
Make a lasting impact for the youth served by the Greater St. Louis Area Council by naming the Council as a beneficiary of your annuity, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.
Invest in Our Future
You have the power to safeguard the future of the Council by directing your gift to our endowment fund. By making an endowed gift, your gift is an investment in our future, helping us grow and thrive for years to come.
Safeguard the future of the Council by directing your gift to our endowment fund. By making a gift to the endowment, your gift is an investment in our future, helping us grow and thrive for years to come.
James E. West Fellowship Award
The James E West Fellowship Award nationally recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s permanent endowment fund. Individuals may contribute monies toward a fellowship in honor of someone else (youth or adult):
- Honor your Eagle Scout
- Honor your Parents
- Honor your Unit Leader
- Honor your Graduate
- Honor your Hero
- Honor a Soldier or Veteran
- Honor a Wood Badger
- Honor a Commissioner
- Honor your District Leadership
- Honor a Silver Beaver award recipient
- Memorialize that Special Person
- Honor an Arrowman
- Honor a Retiree
- Honor a Loved One including non-Scouters
- Honor a Veteran Scouter
- Honor your Chartered Organization
James E. West Fellowship Award recipients will be honored with a special square knot, pin and framed certificate and recognized at the annual Heritage Society Dinner held in March. Make a James E. West Fellowship gift today by filling out and returning this GSLAC James E West Application or click here to DONATE NOW.
Second Century Society
Membership begins with an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more, to the Greater St. Louis Area Council for operating, capital, or endowment.
- $25,000+ Member Level: Certificate and Pin
- $100,000+ Member Level: Special Lapel Pin, Framed Norman Rockwell Print, Certificate and Custom Second Century Society Insignia
- $500,000+ Member Level: All of the Above; Normal Rockwell Print is a Custom Limited Edition
- $1,000,000+ Member Level: All of the Above; Donors at this level will receive a Premium-Quality, Framed Rockwell Giclee.
Donors making outright gifts of $100,000 or more are designated as “Members with Distinction.” Donors making deferred gifts of $500,000 or more are designated as a “Legacy Member.” Members in these categories receive special recognition and opportunities provided by the Greater St. Louis Area Council and the Boy Scouts of America. Second Century Society recipients will be honored at the Heritage Society Dinner held in March.
Leave a Legacy To The Local Scouting Program
“Be Prepared” is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. Encouraging gifts to the Greater St. Louis Area Council endowment is one of our highest priorities. A gift to endowment ensures that the council can continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years. Your support will help us meet the current and future goals of the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
As a planned giving donor to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, you can use your giving to achieve personal goals, enhance your financial security, and to help shape the future of Scouting. Planned giving includes a number of ways for you to include charitable giving in your total financial plan. There are advantageous tax treatments of gifts under both state and federal law. Planned giving can help you maximize these tax benefits. Here is a brochure with an overview of a few planned giving options.
Tax advantages can often make it possible for you to provide a greater gift than you thought possible, while also benefiting your family and heirs. Many donors and supporters of Scouting have chosen planned giving as a way to show their interest in supporting Scouting beyond their lifetime, while realizing some tax benefits today. The type of asset and the way it is given to Scouting determines the actual tax and financial benefits that can result from a gift. Certain planned gift arrangements provide you with an opportunity to diversify your holdings, turn highly appreciated assets into a gift that provides you income, and allow you to enjoy significant tax savings. With careful planning today, you may reduce or eliminate estate, inheritance, or gift taxes, allowing your family and the charities you support to receive the full benefits of your life’s work. Certain gift plans actually result in a greater amount of wealth passed on to your family.
As with all financial decisions, a planned gift should be designed with care. A planned giving professional should work closely and confidentially with you to ensure that your gift achieves your individual goals, and expresses your personal vision. Here are just a few options for planned giving:
- Wills and Bequests
- Living Trusts
- Gift Annuities
- Charitable Remainder and Charitable Lead Trusts
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Plan Beneficiaries
Share your intent of leaving Scouting in your will or trust and become part of the Greater St. Louis Scouting Heritage Society by completing and returning this gift letter of intent.
For more information about the planned giving programs of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, please contact:
Director of Development
Phone: (618) 304-7414
We advise you to consult your estate planner for assistance in selecting the most favorable program to maximize your bequest while minimizing your tax bill.