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Thank you for supporting Occoneechee Council, BSA! Your donations help ensure high quality Scouting programs for every youth! More than 82% of the Council budget goes toward program support that impacts the quality of every youth’s Scouting experience.

Scouting is still strong in the Occoneechee Council thanks to generous investors like you. When you invest in Scouting, you help youth build resilience while developing strong values and positive character. Today’s Scouts will be tomorrow’s workforce, parents and leaders. Thanks to Scouting, our next generation of leaders will possess life skills to conquer any challenges.

Ways to Give

Friends of Scouting

We want nothing more than for you all to be Friends of Scouting! Occooneechee Council’s annual giving campaign helps ensure Scouting programs of the highest quality for all youth in our area.

Fundraising Events

We invite you to attend our wide range of fundraising events, including golf and sporting clay tournaments, a silent auction with our honorary breakfast and various recognition dinners.

Planned Giving & More

You can have an amazing impact on the Scouting community by setting up planned donations and supporting Scout fundraisers. Your gifts help secure the long-term future of Occoneechee Council so that we continue to fulfill our mission. Please look through the information below to find out more about different options for the incredible gift of your generosity!

Make a pledge to give to Scouting today! Please fill out and submit this Pledge Form, or you can contact the office at 919-872-4884 to discuss your donation.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 919-872-4884.

Publicly traded securities held for more than one year—such as stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds—are the non-cash assets most frequently donated to charities. Why is this? It’s probably because these assets are widely owned by donors and easily transferred to charities. Use our Charitable Gift Stock Transfer Form to make your commitment through appreciated stock.

What’s more, if you itemize deductions on your tax return instead of taking the standard deduction, donating these assets can unlock additional funds for charity in two ways. First, you potentially eliminate the capital gains tax you would incur if you sold the assets yourself and donated the proceeds, which may increase the amount available for charity by up to 20%. Second, you may claim a fair market value charitable deduction for the tax year in which the gift is made and may choose to pass on that savings in the form of more giving.

Real estate gifts avoid capital gains tax, allow you to receive an income tax deduction and may not have to affect your lifestyle. These types of gifts are commonly used to establish a gift that pays income. Learn more about giving real estate gifts.

Include a bequest in your will, which can include cash, specific property or a share of the estate residue. This type of gift costs you and your family nothing now but pays off with greater impact in the future than you thought possible. Learn more about giving through bequests and wills.

Make a gift to the Occoneechee Council Endowment by establishing a named Endowment Fund to be held within the Council’s Endowment. You can make a lasting impact on the youth we serve. Make an endowment gift today.

Most IRA owners know they are subject to required minimum distributions (RMDs) after age 70½. These RMDs are generally taxable income and continue for life. However, that taxable income has a good chance of being reduced or eliminated completely by using a qualified charitable distribution (QCD).

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met.

QCDs are more valuable than ever before. They are so valuable, in fact, that everyone who qualifies should be making their donations through QCDs, which allow you to make charitable gifts of up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA. An IRA check made payable to the charity will also qualify.

QCDs are only available to IRA owners (and IRA beneficiaries) who are age 70½ or older. And not all gifts are eligible; gifts made through donor-advised funds don’t qualify and neither do gifts to private foundations. What’s more, gifts made to your children do not qualify. Even if you consider them a charity, the tax law does not.

Also keep in mind that you cannot receive any gift back in return for your gift, otherwise the QCD fails. Ask the charity not to wreck this tax benefit for you with gifts, show tickets or tote bags, regardless of their value. If the QCD fails, then you are simply back on the old system where you could claim an itemized deduction, assuming you have enough to itemize with the high standard-deduction amounts.

For more information, please contact [email protected].org or call 919-872-4884.

Make BSA a beneficiary of your retirement plan. This way of giving eliminates income tax on retirement plan assets. Learn more about retirement plan giving.

Donate a paid-up life insurance policy. Designate BSA as a beneficiary of an existing policy. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 919-872-4884.

You can receive an immediate large tax deduction while living in your home for the rest of your life. The Council will receive a wonderful legacy gift that continues beyond your lifetime. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 919-872-4884.

We want to honor your philanthropy to our Council and its mission, and we take pride in recognizing the philanthropy of our donors. Learn more about how to share your intentions with us.

Visit our Scout Cards page to learn more about how to purchase cards that help Scouts go to summer camp.

Visit our Popcorn Sale page to learn more about how to purchase popcorn and other goodies to benefit Scouts.

Occoneechee Council has partnered with AmazonSmile to raise funds for local Scouting using the everyday purchases we all make online. You and your unit can support Scouting programs by choosing Occoneechee Council as your charity of choice when shopping at Amazon’s charitable site found at smile.amazon.com. Amazon’s prices and shipping charges remain the same, but they will donate a portion of every purchase to the Council.