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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 our Council.


How to Give

Please contact Council Scout Executive Chris Shelby at 505.345.8603 or for further information on how to give to
the Great Southwest Council Endowment.

Planned Giving

By making a planned gift to the Great Southwest Council, you can significantly impact thousands of Scouts for years to come.  At the same time, you may gain financial and tax benefits for you and your family.

To begin your inquiry into designating a gift from your estate, consider these resources:


Charitable Remainder Trusts and Annuities

These giving instruments can provide opportunities to eliminate capital gains taxation on appreciated property, create a charitable tax deduction and provide income for the donor or beneficiaries with the remainder benefiting Scouting.

Donor Advised Funds

The unique structure of a personal philanthropic account allows you to be strategic about giving and to manage your charitable donations in a tax-effective, flexible, and convenient way to impact Scouting and other 501c3 organizations that are important to you. Outside the immediate benefits, such as a charitable tax deduction, our philanthropic accounts also offer your charitable contributions the opportunity to grow tax-free.

Read more about donor advised funds here.



Donor Recognition

Golden Arrow Society

Beginning in 2018, donors giving $5000 or more within a five year period to the Endowment will qualify to become members of the Great Southwest Council's Golden Arrow Society. 

James E. West Fellowship

When a donor designates a gift of between $1,000 and $24,999 to the Great Southwest Council Endowment Fund, he or she becomes a James E. West Fellow.  Cumulative giving results in being named to the Silver, Gold and Diamond members levels.

Please see the attached form for more information and to apply.

Second Century Society

The Second Century Society is the Boy Scouts of America’s national social organization of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations whose qualifying gifts include an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more to our Council, the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, high-adventure base or any Scouting entity for operating, capital, or endowment.

Any donor who is recognized as a Second Century Society member is awarded a certificate and can wear the lapel pin indicating their level of support.

The Second Century Society qualifying donation may be to the Council operating fund, capital fund or endowment fund.  Find out more here.