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group for those capable of giving $100,000 or more during a period of five years. Like the PLC, the Second Century Society gives donors the opportunity to associate with people who can relate to their desire to support Scouting, and it expands the concept to a broader donor base. “The vision for these organizations is


to identify, befriend, love, and involve our very best supporters in this incredible Scouting movement. Scouting needs to last a lot longer than my leadership role,” Howard says. “The Presidents Leadership Council and the Second Century Society will make that happen.”


In addition to inspiring and energiz-


ing the support of their members, Howard hopes both organizations will encourage members to recruit others to join their ranks. The PLC just inducted its first 11 members. Howard foresees having 200 members within the next 10 years. “People will rise up in that organization and get other people involved,” he predicts. Decisions to make gifts of this magnitude


are naturally made by couples, and Cristi finds as many reasons to support Scouting as her husband. “When you give philanthropically, you hope that it will affect lives,” she says. “In Scouting, you know you can affect lives.” And, it’s important to note, members of the new donor organizations can feel confident that their gifts won’t only be felt at the national level. Their support will also create and sustain initiatives in local councils.


Cristi emphasizes that they don’t just hope to


inspire more significant financial donors. “Maybe it will motivate others who can’t contribute financially but have the time to be a merit badge counselor or help with Cub Scouts,” Cristi says. “Hopefully, this will motivate people to help in all ways, not just financially.” Howard, recalling that long-ago volunteer Scout leader who showed him the Beartooth Mountains, certainly agrees.


The Boy Scouts of America National Foundation


(bsafoundation.org) provides a full range of philan- thropic and charitable gift services for donors and their advisors. Its primary mission is to support local, national, and international Scouting programs and initiatives.


Beyond the couple’s financial support, Howard has a long history of adult involvement in Scouting—from his church’s Scout troop to his local council and his current position on the National Board. Above, Howard joins cur- rent national officers Dan Dick and Jonathan Hillis (standing, from left) along with former na- tional officers Vanya Keyes and Jennifer Lowe (wearing helmet) aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. Howard and Cristi hope daughters Bethany and Laurel (opposite page, from left) might one day marry Eagle Scouts with strong values.


Why We Give The next generation of family values


ONE OF THE BENCHMARKS Howard and Cristi Bulloch set for their two daughters, Laurel and Bethany, is that some day they might marry Eagle Scouts. It’s not an impersonal require- ment. Cristi recalls that when she was a young woman, she could tell a distinct difference in those young men (like her future husband) who had


achieved Scouting’s highest rank. “I always felt safer and more honored as a woman when I was accompanied by an Eagle Scout,” she says. That kind of alignment


with family values is a key reason why Howard and Cristi are supporters of Scouting. Both see the begin- ning of Scouting’s second


century as a pivotal time for the movement, during which it faces new chal- lenges and new opportunities. They consider support like theirs essential to empower Scouting to enable young people to become better leaders, citizens, and people. Howard was particularly affected by a recent meeting


with several national youth leaders of Venturing, Sea Scouting, and the Order of the Arrow. “That’s what I believe in,” he says. “They are the crème de la crème of today’s youth. They’re going to grow up and become the future leaders of our country and our communities—and the Boy Scouts of America.”


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