It is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many are focusing on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday and the true spirit of the season by making a donation to support Scouting in your community, or by inviting your friends and family to do the same. Here are some of the many ways you can give this season.
Give Through AmazonSmile
As if you need another reason to shop on Amazon, their giving platform, AmazonSmile, makes it simple to give to Scouting with no cost to you. Whether you are buying a new set of sheets, renting a book, or ordering groceries, your online shopping can help benefit the Utah National Parks Council. Simply type “smile” before the normal Amazon URL.
There will be an orange section below the Amazon search bar that says “Supporting”. After clicking on this, you can set the Utah National Parks Council as your charitable organization of choice. If you type our name into the search bar, our name will pop up and you can “select” us.
This tool can be used at no extra cost to you. You will still have the same competitive prices and the vast selection of Amazon. Amazon donates a portion of your sale to your selected organization. Eligible purchases will be marked with the “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the specific product detail page.
This cool fundraising trick can give more money to our council without you having to do any extra work. Learn more about how to activate AmazonSmile HERE.
Purchase Scout Saver Cards
The BSA UNPC has teamed up with Starving Student Cards, a discount card packed with hundreds of dollars of free stuff and over $4,000 of discounts from local businesses. Scout Saver Cards are just $30 and 75 percent of it goes directly back to Scouting.
Great discounts aren’t the only thing you will find on Scout Saver Cards. All cards also include a ticket to your local Scout Show!
Scout Shows are a great opportunity to let people from town come and see what Scouting is all about. They also provide for a fun day, filled with all the best things from Scouting. Scout Shows provide a day of inter-generational family fun through hands-on exhibits, displays and competitions. Only one ticket is needed per family, so a Scout Saver Card is the perfect way to get the whole family involved in a day of Scouting fun.
To purchase a Scout Show Ticket/Scout Saver Card contact a local Scouting troop or your local Scout office.
Giving to Scouting doesn’t simply have to be a monetary contribution. You can choose to give gifts-in-kind to benefit our many camps and Scouts.
Gifts-in-kind can include things our camps would purchase, but you would like to donate instead. For example, gifts-in-kind for our new Camp Eagle Mountain could include something they specifically need, like kitchen supplies. New pots, pans, cooking utensils, etc., would be great gifts to donate!
If you are interested in giving this way, please contact John Gailey at John.Gailey@Scouting.org or at 801.437.6233.
Join Keepers of the Flame and Give to Scouting
One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. In the Utah National parks Council, members of the Keepers of the Flame provide vital financial support to strengthen and perpetuate Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council, by providing quality Scouting programs, camps, facilities and high adventure activities.
This Giving Tuesday, you can help invest in the future of Scouting by joining Keepers of the Flame.
Members of Keepers of the Flame are recognized with a limited edition, framed copy of Eric Dowdle’s new painting of Maple Dell, a new masterpiece from the renowned folk artist. It features famous Scouters from history like Sir Robert Baden-Powell, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Presidents involved in Scouting – from Joseph F. Smith to Thomas S. Monson, and current Keepers of the Flame members and their families.
This Giving Tuesday, you can choose to become a member or Keepers of the Flame or increase your donation and you too can be painted into Eric Dowdle’s painting.
To be painted in, simply join or upgrade your Keepers of the Flame donations from $1,000 to $2,500 a year and you and your family can be painted into Eric Dowdle’s new masterpiece!
Upon your upgrade, you will receive a limited edition of the painting, a key of your family location in the painting, a free puzzle and a signed thank you letter from Eric Dowdle for your support to Scouting.
The amount of family members that can be painted in and the size of the painting is determined by a member’s level of Keepers of the Flame. Each level is obtained by the donation of an annual gift for three consecutive years. For example, a Life Member gives $5,000 a year for three years – a $15,000 donation. Levels of recognition are as follow:
|Gold Eagle Palm Member||$20,000/ year ($1,700/month)||40×50 canvas w/ linen liner and custom frame||Up to 10 people painted in|
|Bronze Eagle Palm||$10,000/year ($850/month)||32×40 canvas w/ linen liner and custom frame||Up to 8 people painted in|
|Life Member||$5,000/year ($420/month)||32×40 framed canvas||Up to 5 people painted in|
|Star member||$2,500/year ($210/month)||29×36 framed canvas||Up to 2 people painted in|
|First Class Member||$1,000/year ($85/month)||22×28 mounted canvas||——–|
Thanks for Supporting Scouting
Since its formation four years ago, the Keepers of the Flame giving society has made a marked difference in the lives of Scouts in the Utah National Parks Council. These generous donors have funded programs, capital improvements at camps, and contributed to the endowment fund that will ensure the council can continue to work in the lives of youth for decades to come.
Donations from Keepers of the Flame provide quality Scouting programs, camps, facilities, and high adventure activities that help Boy Scouts build character, become participating citizens, develop personal fitness, and learn to do hard things.
Thank you for joining us as a member of the Keepers of the Flame. We are grateful to all donors, volunteers, friends, and supporters of Scouting. Through your support, this Giving Tuesday, you are helping young people grow to become citizens who are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council