How to Give

As a BSA Foundation donor…

  • You determine where your money goes and how it will be spent.
  • Your gift to or through the Foundation can be to a local council, or any Scouting entity, and can be used for operating, capital or endowment needs.
  • You can make undesignated gifts to the Foundation and we will distribute the funds to councils and initiatives.
  • You can name other qualified charities, in addition the Foundation, as beneficiaries of a gift or trust-saving you time and expense.
  • We will keep you informed on the status and impact of your gift or fund.
  • We will ensure your wishes and passions are followed and supported.
  • We can serve as trustee for your gift providing competitive rates- saving you the expensive set-up and administration costs for a private foundation

Gift Transfer Instructions
Current Fee Structure

Giving Questions? Scouting Answers…

Our most popular donor-oriented publications. The booklets cover many different types of planned gifts and giving opportunities for gifts large and small. Great to help you plan your planned giving. Questions about how to give? Pick the gift type below for answers.

Incoming Producing

The Foundation can assist with your gift planning. Click here for planned giving resources.

Acceptable Types Of Gifts

Gifts to the Foundation may take many forms and are detailed in the  Foundation Gift Policies and Procedures  and Current Investment Guidelines.


Acceptable gifts include the following:

  • Cash
  • Stock/bonds/marketable securities
  • Mutual fund/retirement plan designations
  • Real estate (without mortgages or liens)
  • Oil and gas royalties
  • Other assets (upon approval of Foundation board)

Foundation Gift Policies
Current Investment Guidelines
Understanding Planned Giving

Are You Prepared?

Do you have an accurate and comprehensive summary of your assets and liabilities? This can be very helpful with you estate, retirement and financial planning.  Fill out this Confidential Record of Financial Affairs to facilitate conversations with your attorneys or financial planners.

Tax Deductibility of Gifts

The BSA Foundation is tax exempt as a charitable organization described in IRC Section 501(c)(3), and is classified as a public foundation under IRS Section 509(a)(3).  As such, all gifts to the Foundation are charitable contributions and deductible from income, estate, and gift taxes (as applicable). You should check with you tax advisor regarding the extent and use of any charitable tax deductions for gifts to the Foundation.