Dear New York City Scouting Friend,
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) national organization hired a bankruptcy attorney. This news justifiably caused supporters of the BSA Greater New York Councils (”GNYC”) to question the status of current and future donations. We want to strongly affirm that GNYC finances are completely independent of the national organization and are in no way subject to its financial issues.
The Greater New York Councils, a 501(c)(3) incorporated in the State of New York, is a financially independent organization with full ownership of all GNYC assets. William H. Pouch Scout Camp, Alpine Scout Camp, Ten Mile River Reservation, and all GNYC endowment funds are owned and controlled by GNYC under the supervision of the GNYC Board of volunteers.
All GNYC donations are dedicated solely to local programs and initiatives that prepare young people for success in school, career, and life by helping them improve their educational attainment, health, and well-being.
Importantly, GNYC does not rely on, or receive, any funding from the BSA national organization. GNYC's fiscal health, program quality, and volunteer dedication are very strong. While we continue to monitor the national situation, the oversight and control for our organization will continue to rest entirely with GNYC and its Board of volunteers, and our mission will continue unchanged: to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
GNYC tax filings and financial statements are available on the GNYC website, or by request. We are pleased to share all reports and audits with you, and to discuss these issues directly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.
Please know that your support for our city Scouts and Explorers is a privilege that we value and respect. On behalf of the GNYC Board, you have our continued commitment to protect all resources, current and future, and to dedicate these to the benefit of children and young adults in New York City. Thank you for being a part of our mission!
|Richard G. Mason