Boy Scouts of America Joins America’s Charities for Workplace Giving

Boy Scouts of America Joins America’s Charities

CHANTILLY, Virginia—April 25, 2011 —The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the third-largest youth-serving organization in the United States with approximately four million youth and adult members, has joined America’s Charities to expand donor access to the BSA in workplace giving campaigns.

The BSA is the preeminent organization for youth leadership development with 296 local councils that provide the value-focused program for youth ages 7 to 21. America’s Charities is a national not-for-profit organization that connects charities with employers and their employees via customized, low-cost, high-tech workplace giving campaigns.

“The BSA joins a growing number of prominent national charities that have aligned with America’s Charities to provide employers with a well-managed, transparent, employee giving campaign,” said Steve Delfin, America’s Charities president and CEO. “Like many charities, the BSA understands the need to provide employers and employees options to support the charities of their choice.”

“This partnership provides the Boy Scouts of America the opportunity to participate nationally in all 227 Combined Federal Campaigns (CFC) for the first time and in more than 90 private-sector campaigns,” said Brad Farmer, the BSA’s assistant Chief Scout Executive for Development. “The Boy Scouts of America has an estimated 50 million living alumni who value their Scouting experience. Our membership in America’s Charities provides for an effective and efficient opportunity for those in the workplace to support the mission of the Boy Scouts of America who might not be able to otherwise.”

Delfin added, “We know many employees want to support the Boy Scouts of America. The workplace is the best way to reach the tens of millions of adults who might be interesting in supporting today’s Boy Scouts.”

America’s Charities, which raises more than $32 million annually, is committed to transparency and trust, and honors all employee designations so that charities get every donation pledged to them by employees through workplace payroll giving. America’s Charities also uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure charities get their donations promptly.

America’s Charities members include national and local charities serving people and communities across the United States and around the world, including Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, Ronald McDonald House Charities®, Feeding America, NAACP Special Contribution Fund, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Teach for America, Reading is Fundamental, Junior Achievement, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Goodwill Industries International, Hospice America, Meals On Wheels Association of America, Share Our Strength, National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States, Southern Poverty Law Center, and many more.

These members participate in more than 300 employee giving campaigns, reaching some 10 million employees annually through programs at Lockheed Martin, American Express, ExxonMobil, AAA national headquarters, Gannett, American Airlines, Dell Computers, National Geographic, UnitedHealth Group, United Airlines, SRA International, AARP, USA Today, and many others, plus more than 200 campaigns within the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and 180 campaigns through state and local governments.

Headquartered in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., with offices in the New York City metropolitan area; Orlando, Fla.; Austin, Texas; and Los Angeles, America’s Charities has grown in members, donations, and stature by advocating for broader choice in giving, and serves as a change agent in addressing how companies run donor-driven workplace giving campaigns.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

Contact:
Tony De Cristofaro
703-222-3861
adecristofaro@charities.org

Katherine Hutt
703-938-4540
KHutt@NautilusCommunications.com