“In the activity featured on the blog, the unit is providing a service, but as identified by several commenters, by seeking tips are really soliciting a donation, which is not permissible.”
Apparently it’s fine to set a fee for services. Just don’t ask for donations in return. Read the full article for more info.
Update, Feb. 7: See more explanation and answers to questions left in the comments below at this post.
I stand corrected.
Yesterday I blogged about a troop that raised money by bagging groceries for tips at a local supermarket.
Today I learned that such fundraisers aren’t permitted by the Boy Scouts of America. Mark Moshier, team leader for the BSA’s Development and Corporate Alliances and Council Fund Development teams, was friendly and helpful in providing me with an explanation as to why this type of project isn’t allowed.
Be sure to read Mark’s full explanation below, but the essence is that the project involves “solicitation of funds,” he writes. “Only the BSA national organization and local councils are authorized to solicit funds in the name of Scouting.”
I should say that several wise volunteers who commented on yesterday’s post knew something was fishy with the project idea and should…
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