As Eagle Scout projects have become more elaborate and impactful in recent years, they’ve also become more expensive, and that means Scouts are having to raise money beyond what their families and their beneficiary organizations can provide. Sometimes that means bake sales and car washes; sometimes it means Kickstarter and Go Fund Me appeals.
Those online funding vehicles can be great, but they come with strings attached. Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing policy–if you don’t reach your goal, you don’t get any money. Go Fund Me charges a fee of 2.9% plus 30 cents per donation. (That means a $10 donation would net $9.41.)
Now Eagle Scout candidates have a new option. The National Eagle Scout Association has partnered with RedBasket.org to offer totally free online fundraising. According to a press release, the partnership began in 2015 with a pilot program in Virginia and North Carolina. Since then Scouts have raised nearly $10,000–and saved several hundred dollars in credit-card fees.
The new arrangement offers a couple of benefits. First, fundraisers for Eagle Scout projects are pre-verified, meaning they don’t require extra vetting. Second, every new fundraising campaign receives an initial $50 donation from the Good Start Fund to help kick start donations.
For more information, check out the RedBasket.org website.
Need more great troop program ideas? Check out the new edition of The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook, which is now available in both print and e-book formats at https://www.eaglebook.com/products.htm#scoutmasters.