The Campaign

Growing Future Leaders

Growing future leaders of character continues to drive the Boy Scouts of America. The National Executive Board charged the BSA Foundation with funding this vision. Growing Future Leaders is a $250 million, five-year campaign to directly impact Scouting at the local and national levels. Foremost, this is a major gifts campaign to benefit Foundation partner councils. Councils are receiving the support needed to grow their endowments, expand Scoutreach, grow STEM offerings and much more.


Growing Future Leaders Campaign Overview

Our nation’s top leaders know the value of Scouting for today’s youth.  The Foundation is honored to partner with distinguished leaders in our nation to ensure the success of Growing Future Leaders.

The Campaign for Scouting | Leadership

Craig E. Fenneman | BSA Foundation Chairman, Trustees |Campaign Co-Chair

Craig F Still 3 - CopyShortly after completing his education at Butler University,  Craig Fenneman founded two Hoosier-based businesses:  Fenneman and Associates (a real estate development company) and Southern Bells, Inc., one of the largest Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut Franchisees in the country. Craig Fenneman has been a member of the Butler University Board of Trustees for eleven years.  He became Chair in May 2011.

In addition to building his own business, Fenneman has helped shape the industry.  He served on the board of directors of the National Taco Bell Franchise Association where he helped effect changes in concept development, building design and national insurance programs.  Fenneman has received Taco Bell regional and national awards for operations and development.  He has also been recognized by Ernst and Young as Indiana’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr. Fenneman is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and is the current Chairman of Trustees for the  Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. He is also a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Fenneman has been awarded both the Silver Antelope and Silver Beaver.

John C. Cushman, III |Co-Chairman, Cushman and Wakefield | Past BSA National President

JCC-Headshot-High-Res - CopyAs co-chairman of Cushman and Wakefield, John C. Cushman, III is a leader in the commercial real estate industry. He is responsible for formulating and articulating strategic policies and initiatives for the company on a domestic and global basis. The firm operates in more than 60 countries and has more than 43,000 employees.  He has been acknowledged by a variety of media sources as the top office leasing broker in the country.

Mr. Cushman negotiated the largest office lease in the world – the world headquarters of Merrill Lynch & Company involving 4 million square feet (initial occupancy) at the World Financial Center in New York City. He also completed headquarters relocations for many of America’s largest corporations and institutions including Burlington Northern, Inc. (Seattle), UBS PaineWebber, Inc. (New York City), Atlantic Richfield Company (Los Angeles), Unocal Corporation (Los Angeles), and The Boeing Company (Chicago).

He is a director of the National Park Foundation, a Director of the Real Estate Roundtable, and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, all headquartered in Washington, DC. Additionally, Mr. Cushman serves as Trustee Emeritus of Colgate University, as an honorary member of the Board of Fellows of Claremont University Center, and was formerly a director of the Claremont Graduate School.  In May, 2008 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Colgate University and in November, 2008 he received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from Commercial Property News.

Mr. Cushman is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and a past BSA National President. He currently serves as a member of the BSA National Executive Board. He is also a member of the BSA National Foundation Board of Directors as well as a past President of the Foundation.  He has been awarded the Silver Buffalo, Silver Antelope, and Silver Beaver.


Dr. Robert M. Gates | Former Secretary of Defense | Honorary Campaign Co-Chair

Dr. RG pic - CopyDr. Robert M. Gates is the former Secretary of Defense and the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Gates served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006-2011 under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected President. On Dr. Gates’ last day in office, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

He joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he served as Director of Central Intelli­gence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director.  Dr. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, three times the National In­telligence Distinguished Service Medal, and three times the CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Dr. Gates is a principal in the consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. Dr. Gates is the only College of William & Mary alumnus of the modern era to serve as Chancellor of that College.

Dr. Gates is the Past BSA National President.  Dr. Gates earned the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Quivira Council in 1992. Dr. Gates is a Silver Buffalo Award winner, and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. Dr. Gates is currently a member of the BSA National Executive Committee and chairs the Nominating Committee.


Randall L. Stephenson | Chairman and CEO, AT&T | Honorary Campaign Co-Chair

Randall L . Stephenson was named Chairman and CEO of AT&T in 2007. Since then, AT&T has invested to become a global leader in providing integrated communications services to businesses and consumers, from video entertainment, high-speed Internet and mobility, to IP network services and the Internet of Things (IoT).

AT&T is one of the world’s largest communications companies, with more than $147 billion in 2015 revenues and 32 consecutive years of dividend growth. Over the last 5 years, AT&T has invested over $140 billion, including capital investments in wireless and wireline networks and acquisitions of wireless spectrum and operations, to build out one of the most advanced wireless, fiber and IP networks in the world.

The company launched AT&T Aspire in 2008, a philanthropic program to improve college and career readiness for students at risk of dropping out of high school. With a financial commitment of more than $350 million, AT&T Aspire marks the largest education initiative in the company’s history. Randall also has led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an education and awareness program encouraging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone. The program has amassed more than 7 million pledges of support.

Mr. Stephenson is the Immediate Past BSA National President.


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