Endowment Programs:

James E West Fellowship Award

The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Southwest Florida Council's permanent endowment trust fund. Organizations or individuals may contribute monies toward a fellowship in honor of someone else: an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, council president or special loved ones including non-Scouters, youth or adults. Monies contributed to the Endowment Fund through the James E. West Fellowship are never spent; only the interest is used to further the programs and outreach of the Southwest Florida Council.  If you would like more information or to make a donation, please contact the Scout Executive at 239-936-8072. 

James E. West Award Form


1910 Society

A special national recognition program known as the 1910 Society was created in 1995 to encourage significant gifts to the council operating, capital and/or endowment fund. This support is vital to the financial stability of the Southwest Florida Council, and will ensure our Scouting legacy for future generations of young Americans.

To qualify as a member of the 1910 Society, an individual donor, company, or organization must contribute $25,000 or more to the local Council. Recognition will be given for gifts of cash, stock, bonds, lead trusts, or other assets that could be readily converted to cash. The gift to the Council may be in the form of a pledge, but the pledge must be paid within five years of the pledge date.

The 1910 Society was named for the year in which the early, visionary leaders of Scouting founded the Boy Scouts of America. There are four levels of recognition in the 1910 Society:

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: $25,000 minimum gift.

Daniel Carter Beard, first chairman of the National Court of Honor, National Scout Commissioner, and author of many well- known books and stories for youth; Beard level membership: $100,000 minimum gift.

Theodore Roosevelt, first Chief Scout Citizen, first vice president of the BSA, and President of the United States; Roosevelt level membership: $500,000 minimum gift.

Waite Phillips, one of the BSA's first benefactors, and donor to the BSA of almost 130,000 acres of land in New Mexico and what is now Philmont Scout Ranch; Phillips level membership: $1,000,000 and up.

Members receive a leather-bound edition of the Boy Scout Handbook with their name embossed in gold on the cover, an attractive personalized parchment certificate and a distinctive lapel pin or charm. They also receive invitations to special members-only events and receptions at National Meetings, Jamborees, and other major Scouting events.

If you would like more information or to make a donation, please contact the Scout Executive at 239-936-8072.

Founders Circle

The Founders Circle recognizes deferred gifts designated for the Southwest Florida Council's operating, capital and/or endowment fund. Donors are recognized for gift commitments with a minimum value of $100,000 made through: 

  •  Bequest in a will or codicil 
  •  Charitable trusts, such as unitrusts, annuity trusts, and lead trusts. 
  •  BSA Gifts Annuities or BSA Pooled Income Fund gifts
  •  Life insurance / retirement plan designation 
  •  Other deferred gifts approved by the local council 

There are four levels of membership in the Founders Circle: 


Bronze $100,000 minimum gift commitment 
Silver $250,000 minimum gift commitment 
Gold $500,000 minimum gift commitment 
Platinum $1,000,000 minimum gift commitment 

The early founders of the BSA had the vision and commitment to make Scouting the #1 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. 

If you would like more information or to make a donation, please contact the Scout Executive at 239-936-8072.


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