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In December 2013, the Blue Ridge Council Executive Board outlined an important goal to grow the council’s endowment. Like universities and other major organizations, an endowment fund enables Scouting to operate without the worry of the impact of unexpected capital expenditures on daily program support. An endowment can also help the council weather the ups and downs of the stock market, the job market and the supply-and-demand for its services.

Gifts to the endowment can be made via gifts of cash and marketable securities.

The Boy Scouts of America has several recognition programs available for donors who make gifts to the council’s endowment fund.


James. E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, a position he held for more than three decades.Donors who make gifts to the endowment fund are recognized as James E. West Fellows.

James E. West Fellowship Awards are wonderful ways to recognize Scouts who have achieved significant milestones in the Scouting program such as rank advancements, especially being awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.It is also a great way to recognize an adult leader, Scoutmaster, or long-time Scouter.

Gifts to the endowment fund at $1,000 are recognized as Bronze James E. West donors.

Gifts to the endowment fund at $5,000 are recognized as Silver James E. West donors.

Gifts to the endowment fund at $10,000 are recognized as Gold James E. West donors.

Gifts to the endowment fund at $15,000 are recognized as Diamond James E. West donors.

All James E. West gifts are cumulative.

All James E. West Fellowship recipients are presented with a recognition certificate, a James E. West pin and knot for the Scouting uniform.

James E. West Fellowship Flyer

James E. West Fellowship Application


The Second Century Society was created in 2011 as a national Boy Scouts of America donor recognition program.

The Second Century Society program recognizes…

  • Support to operations through the Friends of Scouting program and special events.
  • Support of capital through contributions to capital campaigns.
  • Support to the endowment.

Second Century Society gifts can be made over a five–year period and are recognized starting at $25,000.

Deferred commitments of $100,000 or more through life insurance and estate planning can also be recognized.

Since the program was implemented the Blue Ridge Council has recognized the following individuals, families, corporations and foundations as members of the Second Century Society.

Second Century Society Application

Russell & Lee Cann
Dr. William* & Sylvia Dukes
Russell & Helen Smart

Dan & Amanda Atkinson
Everett & Pam Baker
Fluor Corporation
Robin & Anna Foster
Mason & Mary Beth Garrett
The Jolley Foundation
Robert & Lou Rainey
Dr. Vic Shelburne
Michael Stokes
Ernie & Louise Trammell
Joseph & Cathy Turner
United Way of Greenville County
Bruce & Marty White
Mike Wingo
Marshall & Cindra Brown
The Dixon Family
Bubba &JoAnn Fennell
Fred & Marian Hyslop
Phillip & Aline Kilgore
Leon & Barbara Patterson
Stewart & Martha Spinks
Melvin & Dollie* Younts


The Abney Foundation
Bank of Travelers Rest
Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op
David & Peggy Brenner
Craig Brown & The Greenville Drive
Duke Energy
Fred Festa
The Graham Foundation
Greenville Health System
Ralph & Marion Hendricks
The McAlister Foundation
Michelin North America
Ogletree Deakins
Publix Super Markets Charities
Chip & Lorraine Stockman
The Symmes Foundation
Tommy* & Anne Thomason
United Community Bank
United Way of Anderson County
United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties
United Way of Pickens County
Womble Bond Dickinson
Tom Ervin & Kathryn Williams
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
John I. Smith Charities
Gambrill Foundation


For more information on the Second Century Society or the James E. West Fellowship program contact Mike Butler at Mike.Butler@scouting.org