Endowment funds ensure that Boy Scouting in our area can continue into the future. There are several ways that a donor may make contributions to the endowment fund and become part of our Heritage Society.
To learn more about endowment giving opportunities, please contact the Prairielands Council at 217-531-0213.
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 (which can be paid over a two year period) or more in cash or securities to their local council endowment trust 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 contribute an award in honor of someone – an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, council president, or district chairman, or in memory of a departed loved one, business associate, or special Scouter.
Form of Recognition
The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8-by-10 inch, framed certificate, personalized with the donor’s name, date of gift, and council name. In addition, there will be a distinctive lapel pin/charm and an embroidered square knot for uniform wear. While it is a national recognition the James E. West Fellowship Award is authorized and presented by the local council. Appropriate national recognition will be given at a special reception held in conjunction with the National Council annual meeting. West Fellows automatically become members of the council’s Heritage Society and will receive communications regarding the group’s activities and planned giving information.
Background and Significance
The award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that "an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Scouting today is the "lengthened shadow" of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West.
Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help ensure the Scouting legacy for future generations of young people and create the financial stability of the program in the twenty-first century for their local council.