The James E. West Fellowship—  Exclusively for Gifts to Endowment

James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to a council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and corporations make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. If an institution is truly “the lengthened shadow of one man,” it is more than fitting that the BSA honor James E. West’s major contributions to Scouting in such a significant way.  Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Bronze($1,000+), Silver($5,000+) Gold($10,000+) and Diamond($15,000+) levels.  The initial gift is restricted and allowed to grow in perpetuity, creating operating revenue from the investment income to finance Scouting operations into the future.  James E. West Fellowships are recognized with a certificate and a lapel pin.  These gifts to the endowment are increasingly important as traditional operational funding levels become harder to maintain.
For more information, please contact Scout Executive Rick Christ at (607) 648-7888 x105 or richardd.christ@scouting.org.