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The 1910 Society

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has developed the character of generations of young people. We honor the special year of 1910 by presenting the 1910 Society award to donors who make outright gifts of $25,000 or more to their council endowments. These gifts can be in the form of cash, securities, or land, and payable over five years. There are four levels of recognition in the 1910 Society that honor four very special individuals who shaped modern-day Scouting:

Ernest Thompson Seton, nationally known artist and naturalist, author of the first official American Scout Handbook and many other books important to Scouting. Seton Level membership is a minimum gift of $25,000.

Daniel Carter Beard, first chairman of the National Court of Honor, National Scout Commissioner, and author of many well-know books and stories for youth. Beard Level membership is a minimum gift of $100,000.

Theodore Roosevelt, first Chief Scout Citizen, first Vice President of the BSA, and President of the United States. Roosevelt Level membership is a minimum gift of $500,000.

Waite Phillips, one of the BSA’s first benefactors and donor of Philmont Scout Ranch. Phillips Level membership is $1,000,000 and up.


The Founders’ Circle in Recognition of Defined Gifts

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 with a minimum value of $100,000. 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 councilAs with the 1910 Society, there are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle. They are:
  • Bronze is a $100,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Silver is a $250,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Gold is a $500,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Platinum is a$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.

All planned gifts and outright endowment donors will be asked permission to publicly recognize their gifts or gift intentions. The donors’ wishes are paramount.

While it is GNYC’s desire to publicly recognize all endowment gifts and gift intentions, donor requests for anonymity will be strictly respected.

For more information about the 1910 Society and the Founders Circle, please contact Steven Benini at the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America at (212) 651-2815 or via e-mail at steven.benini@scouting.org