Budget and Finances
Although granted a charter by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Burlington County Council is an independent corporation governed by its Executive Board of Directors and Executive Committee (all on a volunteer basis). The Council employs a small staff to assist in the day to day running of the corporation and support of the mission of the Council.
As an independent corporation, the Burlington County Council relies exclusively on fundraising efforts such as Friends of Scouting, annual Popcorn Sale, Ed Bridge Memorial Golf Classic, Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, Farm Fair, income from the Council Endowment Fund, and other contributions from generous donors throughout the County, including the United Way of Burlington County. The Burlington County Council does not charge a local member registration fee. The $15 annual registration fee paid by each member is a National Council registration fee, all of which is sent directly to the National Council upon a member’s registration. The Burlington County Council receives no funding from the National Council, Boy Scouts of America and exists solely on the generosity of the Burlington County Scouting Family.
The Burlington County Council’s operating budget for 2010 is just over $1 million. The budget is prepared by the Council staff working collaboratively with the Executive Board’s Finance Committee and program volunteers and has been approved by the full Executive Board. The Council’s financial position is monitored regularly by the Council Scout Executive and monthly by the Council Finance Committee. The Council’s finances are audited annually by a local independent auditing firm and the audit is reviewed by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
All Scouters, Parents, and supporters of Scouting are encouraged to participate as a Friend of Scouting each year by making a contribution to the Friends of Scouting campaign, buying or selling popcorn, supporting the Ed Bridge Memorial Golf Classic and the Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, by working at the Farm Fair, by sponsoring an event or activity, or by making a contribution to the Burlington County Council Endowment Fund. As Scouting continues to grow, the need for funds to support the Council’s program initiatives is also increasing.
THANK YOU to all of you who continue to financially support the efforts of the Burlington County Council, Boy Scouts of America.