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Endow Scouting's Future

The endowment fund was established to build a stable funding base for the next 100 years of Scouting in the Pikes Peak Council.  Gifts to the endowment are placed in an interest earning account and used primarily during times of great need.  Endowment gifts can include cash, stocks, bonds, trusts, gift annuities, property, life insurance and more.

To ensure that Scouting grows and continues to be a thriving force in shaping tomorrow's leaders today, the Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts have made it a priority to build the current Endowment Fund.

James E. West Fellowship

James E. West was appointed the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.  Although orphaned and physically handicapped, he had the perseverance to graduate from law school and become a successful attorney.  This same determination provided the impetus to help build Scouting into the largest and most effective youth organizations in the world.  When he retired in 1943, Dr. West was recognized throughout the country as the true architect of the Boy Scouts of America.

Named to honor him, the James E. West Fellowship Award is presented to individuals based on a contribution of $1,000 or more to the local Council's West Fellowship Fund.  The money may be given by a group of Scouters or an individual Scouter to honor a Scout or fellow Scouter, or as a memorial on the death of a Scout or Scouter, or to recognize an achievement.  For example, a group of Scouters could put the money together to recognize the outstanding efforts of an individual who spent years doing publicity work for a local Council through newsletter, press releases, web pages, etc., for which there is no official recognition.  The award can also be presented to an individual who makes a contribution on his/her own behalf.

The James E. West Fellowship recognizes gifts of $1,000 or more to the local council designated to its endowment fund (which also qualifies for the 50% Colorado Childcare Contribution Credit) and receives a James E. West lapel pin, a personalized certificate, and leader knot. 

For more information about the different levels of the James E. West Fellowship or to complete an application please open the attached Major Gifts Recognition Guide and Application Form

The gift must be in addition to - and not replace or diminish the donor's annual Investment in Character 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.  Gifts can be made in cash or through marketable securities.


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