Founders Circle

The Founders Circle

The Founders Circle is intended to recognize deferred gifts designed for council endowment funds. With deferred giving (also called planned giving) so widely and effective 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 trust, such as unitrusts, annuity trust, 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
  • Silver $250,000 minimum gift
  • Gold $500,000 minimum gift
  • Platinum $1,000,000 minimum gift

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 more information, contact the Scout Service Center at (562) 427-0911