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do that, but it also encourages him to be active in his com- munity and religion. The servant approach con-


sistently characterizes Dunn’s involvement with Scouting. For instance, he and Peggy decided that supporting the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve was such an appealing oppor- tunity that they made a contribution. Although the Dunn Family Staff Base Camp was named for the family’s support, they weren’t motivated by a desire for rec- ognition. “It was something we wanted to do,” Dunn says. “The fact that they named something for us was not important.” When describing the


appeal of Scouting for Americans, Dunn invokes Alexis de Tocqueville’s description of America as a country of individuals who care for others and strive to make a difference in their lives. “I think that’s very much at the core of what the Boy Scouts of America is about,” he says. “They are in the busi-


WHY WE GIVE


ness of preparing young lives to be leaders and outstanding servants for others.” For Dunn, that’s about


all he needs to know to determine whether Scouting deserves his support. “When somebody says, ‘What’s


important in my life and where do I want to commit resources, and where can my giving make a difference in the lives of others?’ I think certainly the Boy Scouts of America is, if not at the top, close to the top.”


The Dunns’ philanthropic efforts have been celebrated with numerous awards, including the Silver Buffalo Award bestowed on Terry at the BSA’s 2003 National Annual Meeting in Philadelphia (above). Terry’s wife, Peggy, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2007 for her work in the Heart of America Council.


City council meetings in Leawood, Kan., always begin with a color guard of Boy Scouts presenting the American flag and leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. “It sets a wonderful tone of allegiance and respect and reminds us we are all there to serve,” says Peggy J. Dunn, mayor of the town of 32,000 southwest of Kansas City, Mo. Peggy and her husband, Terry, know


Scouting as well as anyone. Terry has served on the board of the local Heart of America Council for many years and is also a longtime national Scouting leader. All three of their sons advanced through Scouting, two of them all the way to Eagle.


To build leaders and shape them for the future. The Dunns’ support of Scouting is


founded on an abiding appreciation of what it does for young Americans. “We are true fans and admirers of the leader- ship training that the Scouting program provides youth today,” Peggy says. “We don’t think there’s a finer program to build our leaders and shape them for the future.” The couple reaps significant personal


benefit from associating with other Scouters, Peggy adds. “We have really enjoyed the people at the national level,” she says. “For years we’ve been attending the annual meetings and made lifelong friends.”


As the president and CEO of a large


Kansas City construction business that builds major projects all over the country, Terry knows the value of strength and lon- gevity. And to him, the fact that Scouting has been around for more than 100 years, filling countless major organization leader- ship positions with Scouts along the way, makes the decision to give an easy one. “I firmly believe,” he says, “that the Boy Scouts of America is the best youth devel- opment organization in the country.”


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