Endowment: Endowment Donor Recognition

In order to better guide current and potential planned gift donors, and to better recognize their support, the Greater New York Councils endowment development program will emphasize the importance of public donor recognition.

For more information about Endowment Donor Recognition, please contact Steven Benini at the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America at (212) 651-2815 or via e-mail at steven.benini@scouting.org

Named Endowment Funds

Planned Gift and Bequest donations of $25,000 or more and donations of outright gifts of $25,000 will be the threshold to establish a Named Endowment Fund. A Fund can be named for individuals in the name of one of the GNYC Camps, Boroughs, Divisions or Program of Support.

The Greater New York Councils is extraordinarily honored and proud to further extend Scouting and Exploring as specified by the following named funds.  We continue to especially appreciate and salute the donors responsible for creating and sustaining all funded purposes.

List of Named Endowment Funds

1. Greater New York Councils Endowment Fund:  The principal of this fund is permanently retained.  The annual income is used to benefit New York City Scouts in perpetuity.

 

2. Brooklyn Heritage Society:  Scouters who have a passion and affinity for Scouting in Brooklyn who have made a $2,500 commitment to the permanent Endowment to fund Scouting in Brooklyn in perpetuity.

 

3. Manhattan Heritage Society:  Scouters who have a passion and affinity for Scouting in Manhattan who have made a $2,500 commitment to the permanent Endowment to fund Scouting in Manhattan in perpetuity.

 

4. Queens Heritage Society:  Scouters who have a passion and affinity for Scouting in Queens who have made a $2,500 commitment to the permanent Endowment to fund Scouting in Queens in perpetuity.

 

5. Staten Island Heritage Society:  Scouters who have a passion and affinity for Scouting in Staten Island who have made a $2,500 commitment to the permanent Endowment to fund Scouting on Staten Island in perpetuity.

 

6. Ten Mile River Museum Heritage Society:  Scouters who have a passion and affinity for the Ten Mile River Museum have made a $2,500 commitment to the permanent Ten Mile River Museum Endowment to fund the Ten Mile River Museum in perpetuity.

 

7. Ten Mile River Fund:  Proceeds of this fund are raised to support the camping programs and facilities at Ten Mile River Scout Camp.

 

8. Irving Berlin Endowment Fund:  The trustees of the God Bless America Fund established this permanent endowment in honor and memory of the composer Irving Berlin, who had dedicated the royalties from “God Bless America” performances to support New York City Scouting.  Berlin Lodge at Pouch Scout Camp is named in Irving Berlin’s honor.

 

9. Alan C. “Ace” Greenberg Memorial Fund was created in appreciation and recognition of Ace’s generous charitable leadership and distinguished services to the Greater New York Councils.  Proceeds of this fund will support outdoor adventure for Scouts from New York City’s most disadvantaged communities.

 

10. John F. McGillicuddy Memorial Fund was established by fellow Board members, Scouters and friends in honor and memory of the esteemed Greater New York Councils’ President, John F. McGillicuddy, in recognition of his distinguished leadership and service as President of the Greater New York Councils from 1993-2008.

 

11. Diane and Richard M. Ruffino Fund was established and funded by Greater New York Councils’ Board Members in honor and tribute to Dick Ruffino’s 40+ years of professional service to Scouting.  Dick served as the Scout Executive of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America from 1985-2000.  Previous roles within the Greater New York Councils included District Executive, Manhattan Council Scout Executive, and Director of Ten Mile River Scout Reservation.

 

12. Joe Bradley Memorial Fund was established in honor and memory of beloved Queens Scouter and Greater New York Councils’ Office Manager, Joseph Bradley, by friends and fellow Scouters who were all very fond of Joe, both as a volunteer and professional colleague.

 

13. Adele V. Deckinger Memorial Fund was established by Dr. E. Lawrence and Adele V. Deckinger to maintain the chapels and chaplain program at Ten Mile River Scout Camp.

 

14. Deckinger Fund for Special Needs Scouting was established by Dr. E. Lawrence and Adele V. Deckinger to provide camping opportunities for Scouts with special needs.

 

15. Durst Family Fund was established in memory of Seymour B. Durst to provide summer camp opportunities for disadvantaged Scouts. 

 

16. Gottesman Family Fund established by Brooklyn Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient and GNYC Board member, Eugene Gottesman, who spent numerous summers at Ten Mile River Scout Reservation.

 

17. The Elsie Froessel Queens Youth Fund  was established by Judge Froessel as a permanent memorial and testament to his beloved wife, Elsie Froessel.  The income from which shall be used only for assisting Boy Scouts from Queens by providing registration fees, troop fees, camp fees and expenses, jamboree fees and expenses, uniforms, and personal Scout equipment.

 

18. Michael G. Mann Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund was established by his widow, Marcia Kaplan-Mann, in honor and memory of her beloved husband, Eagle Scout Michael Mann, who served as the long-time Scoutmaster of Troop 8 in Brooklyn.

 

19. Peter D. Nelson Memorial Fund was established in honor and memory by long-time GNYC Board member Peter Nelson by Peter’s thoughtful friends and colleagues at Cushman & Wakefield.

 

20. Raleigh Family Fund established with a bequest from long-time Scouter and GNYC Board member, W. James Raleigh to fund camping and outdoor adventure for New York City Scouts.

 

21. Reeves Foundation Fund was established by the leadership of Greater New York Councils’ Executive Board/Committee Member Ed Reeves, President of the Reeves Foundation to fund Scouting in New York City.  These dollars served as inspiration to other endowment donors.

 

22. Robert K. Steel Endowment Fund was established by Distinguished Eagle Scout Robert K. Steel, who has served in several notable private and public service roles.

 

23. John Leo Zlobik Fund for Scouts with Special Needs was established by Nancy and Donald Zlobik in loving memory of Eagle Scout John Leo Zlobik to serve Scouts with special needs.

 

24. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fund to permanently endow youth development, team-building programs and activities utilizing the great outdoors.