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There are a lot of ways to support the Boy Scouts of America. But not many people realize one of them may be sitting in their driveway.
Through a partnership with Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. (IAA), the Scouts can turn donated vehicles into funding that drives the organization’s mission. From cars to motorcycles and RVs to ATVs, every donation is support that helps today’s youth become tomorrow’s ethical, moral and responsible leaders. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it benefits a great organization while providing you with a valuable tax deduction.
Keep reading for more information, or if you’re ready to support Scouting with your vehicle donation, visit https://onecarhelpsscouts.com or call 855-272-1227.
How does vehicle donation benefit the Boy Scouts of America?
Every vehicle is auctioned by IAA, which sells it to a global customer base and returns the proceeds to the Boy Scouts of America. This provides the most profitable, efficient and cost-effective way to turn a donation into valuable funding.
Which vehicles are eligible for donation?
In short, everything. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, jet skis, and farm and construction equipment—every vehicle has value, regardless of its condition.
What do I need to do to donate?
We handle as much as possible to make it easy to support the Scouts. Just fill out the donation form (LINK TO https://onecarhelpsscouts.com), and we’ll pick up the vehicle and send you a receipt for tax purposes after it’s auctioned. That’s it.
Those are the questions we encounter most often regarding our vehicle donation program, but we certainly understand if you have a few more. Get all the answers you need at www.1car1difference.com/faq.php.
An investment in Scouting's future, the Rainbow Council Endowment Fund helps provide ongoing financial support to Scouting's mission. Gifts made to the Endowment Fund help generate interest and investment income which is used to deliver the program to the youth and communities that we serve.
"A strong Endowment Fund exemplifies an organization’s vision for the future
and its foresight to lay the foundation for success."
Building our endowment in the Rainbow Council is very important to Scouting, as it maintains our programs over long periods of time and allows for the mission to be sustained during times of economic downturn.
In recognition of your gift to our council endowment fund, Scouting offers two national awards:
James E. West Fellowship Award
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to their local council endowment fund. This contribution is in addition to and does not diminish or replace the donor's annual gift to the council's Friends of Scouting campaign. Organizations or individuals may also contribute an award in honor of someone. The award is presented with a certificate, a lapel pin, and a square knot to wear on the uniform. James E. West fellows names are added to the donor recognition memorial in the Rainbow Council Service Center.
Second Century Society is a newly created society for donors who make deferred or outright gifts greater than $25,000 (outright gifts can be over a five year period). Your gift can be to any of the 3 funds- operating, capital or endowment.A gift can be made by an individual, group or organization and will be members of our Heritage Society.
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The Rainbow Council sponsors two fundraisers each year that are pre-approved for all Scouting units (Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Explorer posts).
These are the ONLY two fundraisers that units may participate in that DO NOT require a Unit Money-Earning Application. These are also the ONLY two unit fundraisers that Scouts may wear their uniforms at. Scouts are NOT permitted to wear the Boy Scouts of America uniform even when other unit fundraisers are approved by the local council.
ALL other unit fundraisers require two weeks advanced written approval. Please note that all requests are NOT automatically approved. Properly filled out Unit Money-Earning Applications are reviewed by the local council and then the appropriate leaders are notified with the decision. Other unit fundraisers that do NOT receive approval are NOT covered by the Boy Scouts of America’s national liability insurance program.
Scouting units planning to hold additional fundraisers need to be aware of the following items:
Do's & Don'ts of Unit Fundraising
Unit money-earning projects play an important role in enabling the unit to obtain new equipment, go on camping trips, and participate in other activities and events. More important, the way a unit earns money is of great importance in the education of youth members. Usually, these projects fall into one of four groups:
Units are responsible for keeping policies concerning unit finance and for getting approval for the unit money-earning projects. The following BSA policies are designed to protect both the unit and the good reputation of Scouting:
Below are frequently asked questions provided by National BSA Legal Counsel regarding Individual Scout Accounts and the applicable IRS fundraising policies for non-profit organizations. The below information is not unique to Rainbow Council and is being clarified in all Councils.
Are individual Scout accounts permitted?
Yes. These accounts are permitted when funded by the youth member through savings, a
portion of a weekly allowance, and chores around the home and neighborhood. The youth
member’s family may contribute, but no charitable deduction is allowed.
What is private benefit, and why is it not allowed?
Private benefit is when funds raised in the name of Scouting or another charity are directly
allocated to the youth member or family doing the fundraising. Funds raised in the name of
Scouting should benefit the entire unit. The tax laws do not permit private benefit, with the
exception of an “insubstantial” benefit.
How is an “insubstantial” benefit defined?
The IRS has classified 30 percent of the money raised as “substantial,” and less than 2 percent
as “insubstantial.” The burden of proof that the benefit is “insubstantial” is on the organization.
Are incentives allowed for participation in fundraising or sales?
The IRS has not ruled on this matter, but the “insubstantial” benefit restriction would apply.
Can Scouting units use funds to assist youth members who have a financial need?
The unit can allocate funds based on financial need, and may consider factors such as
participation in the unit, advancement, and Scout spirit.
Are there penalties for private benefit or other tax issues?
Private benefit may result in the loss of tax-exempt status for the chartering organization, or the
local council. Allocating funds raised in the name of Scouting directly to a youth member could
result in self-employment tax liability.
A Friend of Scouting ensures that the Scouting Program continues to build and serve the youth of our communities. The financial support that is given to FOS enables Scouting to continue to change the lives of young men and women. Here are some items that a gift of $140 to FOS supports, which allow the programs to continue to flourish in a streamline fashion:
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