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Boy Scouts of America National Council

The nation's foremost youth program

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three stars

84.60

1325 West Walnut Hill Lane Irving, TX 75015
tel: (972) 580-2219   Web Site
EIN: 22-1576300

Board Leadership
Randall L. Stephenson
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.60 three stars
  Financial 87.74 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), incorporated on February 8, 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Serving more than 4.6 million youth ages 7-20, the BSA is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting movement is comprises of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation's leading youth-service organization.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), incorporated on February 8, 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Serving more than 4.6 million youth ages 7-20, the BSA is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting movement is comprises of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation's leading youth-service organization.

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Financial

three stars

87.74

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
85.2%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.21
  Program Expenses Growth 3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 52.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boy Scouts of America National Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Boy Scouts of America National Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boy Scouts of America National Council (TX) 84.60 three stars
Do Something (NY) 93.37 four stars
Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council (MT) 94.74 four stars
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas (NC) 86.69 three stars
Boy Scouts of America, Hawk Mountain Council (PA) 87.64 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $21,023,271
   Federated Campaigns $289,230
   Membership Dues $63,971,844
   Fundraising Events $77,346
   Related Organizations $1,401,341
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $86,763,032
   Program Service Revenue $80,062,230
Total Primary Revenue $166,825,262
   Other Revenue $62,103,727
TOTAL REVENUE $228,928,989
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $233,801,224
   Administrative Expenses $34,518,078
   Fundraising Expenses $5,664,772
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $273,984,074
   
Payments to Affiliates $14,725,050
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-45,055,085
   
Net Assets $629,846,235

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Program Development and Delivery $73,395,927 31.4%
Field Operations $40,508,032 17.3%
Human Resources and Training $13,165,977 5.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 06/01/2018 84.60 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 88.47 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 86.40 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.90 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 85.58 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 91.42 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 90.11 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 88.76 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 10/21/2010 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Thursday, October 21, 2010

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the Boy Scouts of America National Council on April 1, 2014 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since October 2010) and because the issue that prompted the Donor Advisory has been resolved. Specifically:

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • The St. Petersburg Times and Fox News Tampa Bay reported that the Boy Scouts of America National Council and Boy Scouts of America, West Central Florida Council are being sued by the parents of three boys whose former scout leader has already been convicted of molesting them. For further information, please see both the St. Petersburg Times'  and the Fox News Tampa Bay affiliate's news coverage.
  • The Tampa Tribune reported that a victim of sexual assaults by an assistant Scoutmaster filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America National Council and the Boy Scouts of America, Gulf Ridge Council. For more information, please see the article.
  • In September of 2011, Reuters reported that four men filed a law suit against the Boy Scouts of America National Council and the Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Pacific Council over childhood sexual abuse they say they suffered at the hands of a pedophile knowingly appointed as their scoutmaster in the 1970s.
  • On June 14, 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of 1,247 confidential files used in a 2010 molestation lawsuit in which the victim was awarded nearly $20 million. For more information, see the Los Angeles Times article.
  • On August 6, 2012, the Associated Press reported that "internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators." See the Associated Press article for more information.
  • On September 16, 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that a review of 1,600 confidential files from 1970 - 1991 reveal that "when volunteers and employees were suspected of sexually abusing children, Boy Scout officials often didn't tell police." The article further noted that "in many cases they sought to hide the situation." For more information, please see the Los Angeles Times.
  • On October 18, 2012, the Los Angeles Times The reported that "the veil was lifted... on decades of confidential sexual abuse allegations in the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America with the court-ordered release of more than 1,200 of the organization’s 'perversion files.'" The article also states that "one of the plaintiff’s lawyers in an Oregon lawsuit that resulted in a nearly $20-million judgment against the Scouts in 2010.... made the files public -- minus the names of victims and others who reported suspected abuse -- after the Oregon Supreme Court ordered their release in June at the request of news organizations including the Oregonian newspaper of Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the New York Times and the Associated Press." For more information, please see the Los Angeles Times.
  • On December 2, 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that the "Boy Scouts of America fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, unknowingly allowing convicted child sex offenders to join." For more information, please see the LA Times article.  
  • For further information, please see both The New York Times' and The Oregonian's news coverage.
2008-12 07/01/2010 90.12 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 89.28 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 71.45 two stars
2005-12 04/01/2008 74.16 two stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 71.45 two stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 77.81 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 22-1576300
Name in IRS Master File BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
NTEE Code O41
NTEE Classification Boy Scouts of America
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(328) Combat juvenile delinquency
(908) Patriotic activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Ruling Date November, 1965
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$483,564 0.17% Michael B Surbaugh Chief Scout Executive
Other Salaries of Note
$713,599 0.26% Gary Butler Deputy Chief Scout Executive
$564,809 0.20% Ponce Duran Regional Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Boy Scouts of America National Council (TX) 84.60 three stars
Rodeheaver Boys Ranch (FL) 94.56 four stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County (FL) 95.05 four stars
Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta (GA) 89.18 three stars
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (FL) 88.12 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Boy Scouts of America National Council
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75015
tel: (972) 580-2219
fax: (972) 580-7823
EIN: 22-1576300

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015

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Board Leadership

Randall L. Stephenson
President

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