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YOU-01 ~ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) Page 1 NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. AMERICANISM PROGRAM RESOURCE SHEET YOU-01 YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) 1. INTRODUCTION: Youth Leadership Conferences are a key Americanism youthoutreach tool of the National Sojourners for Teaching Young Americans about America! YLCs, in addition to nurturing and cultivating student leadership, help students gain a better understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a free society, focus on the importance of community service, and explore other citizenship-related topics. National Sojourners chapters may elect to provide student scholarships to: (1) the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference exclusively presented by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (FFVF) [website: www.freedomsfoundation.org/] annually every July at their Valley Forge, PA campus on behalf of the National Sojourners and/or (2) Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) [website: www.moww.org/programs/patriotic-education-program/] YLCs presented regionally at various times throughout the USA by its affiliated organization Patriotic Education, Inc. 2. GETTING STARTED: Carefully review National Regulation 11.1, subject: TeachingYoung Americans about America dated 21 June 2014. CLICK ON the image at right to review a PDF of NR 11.1 REV 17OCT2016 http://www.freedomsfoundation.org/http://www.moww.org/programs/patriotic-education-program/http://www.moww.org/programs/patriotic-education-program/YOU-01 ~ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) Page 2 2. CHOOSING A YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (YLC) PROGRAM: A key factorto consider in choosing between the FFVF Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference and the regional MOWW YLCs is cost. MOWW regional YLCS are generally less expensive and, in terms of both tuition and travel cost. Many chapters believe that they are able to provide a YLC experience for more students using the MOWW regional option. ON the other hand, many chapters believe that the unique experience of the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference provided at FFVF which includes a tour of Philadelphiaa cradle of liberty including the Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin print shop, the Betsy Ross House, Carpenters Hall, Independent Hall, Valley Forge, and the on-campus Medal of Honor Grove. Your National Americanism Committee recommends sending at least one student to the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference. Note that both programs enjoy the approval of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. 3. YLC PROGRAM INFORMATION:3.1 FFVF Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Campus Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Class Photo YOU-01 ~ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) Page 3 [CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW A PDF VERSION OF EACH RESPECTIVE ITEM] Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Video Informational Trifold on Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Student Scholarship Application Trifold for Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference Chapter Instructions for Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference Student Packet for Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conferencehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scrv4f9tUQ4&feature=youtu.beYOU-01 ~ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) Page 4 3.2 MOWW Regional YLCs: CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW VIDEO OR WEBITE] MOWW Youth Leadership Conference Video MOWW Youth Leadership Conference Website to include Annual Course List and Application Points of Contact States with MOWW Regional YLCs shown in darker color http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jkXRB0Wmvwhttp://www.moww.org/programs/patriotic-education-program/YOU-01 ~ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) Page 5 4. YOUTH PROTECTION: National Sojourners, Inc.places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for the youth that we serve through our Americanism programs. To maintain such an environment, National Sojourners has adopted policies developed by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for the training and certification of members of our order and other adult volunteers (who will come into contact with youth as part of our programs) in the essentials of youth protection. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse. Chapters are required to carefully review NR 11-2 and insure that all required Brethren and all assisting volunteers (members and non-members serving as drivers, chaperones/adult counselors) become YOUTH PROTECTION certified by taking the requisite training. This policy to applies to ALL YLC programs. [CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A PDF VERSION OF THE DOCUMENT] YOU-01 ~ YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES (YLCs) Page 6 5. CHAPTER GUIDE (Draft NC 8.1.6 dated 2 JAN 2015) FOR USING THE NATIONALSOJOURNERS SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c) 3 FOR YLC TAX EXEMPT DONATIONS: Click on the image below. 6. MORE HELP: If you need more help and assistance, please do not hesitate tocontact the National Americanism Chairman whose e-mail is provided in ITEM1 on the Americanism page located in the SOJOURNERS ONLY section of the website or in the National Staff Director (also on the website). The National Americanism Committee wants you to be successful in your YLC planning and execution as we work in partnership to Teach Young Americans about America and Proudly Serve the Cause of Patriotism! Untitlede REVISED: 6 SEP 2016National Sojourners, Inc. Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conferenc held on the campus of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (FFVF) Chapter Instructions 1.0 GENERAL. This pamphlet is designed to provide instructions for National Sojourners chapters who desire to send student(s) to the Spirit of America Youth Conference at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (FFVF). It includes the following sections: 1.1 Planning Your Chapters Participation (Section 2.0) 1.2 Reservation Guidelines (Section 3.0) 1.3 Procedures (Section 4.0) 1.4 Chaperone Information (Section 5.0) 1.5 Youth Protection Training & Certification (Section 6.0) 1.6 Additional Assistance Resources (Section 7.0) 2.0 PLANNING YOUR CHAPTERS PARTICIPATION. NOW is the time to begin your chapters planning to Teach young Americans about America through our Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) at Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge. Below are five easy steps to get your youth outreach program underway: 2.1 STEP 1. Make a chapter commitment to participate in the program and send youth to a YLC! This is a KEY stepyour chapter must Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 1 first establish a goal to participate and do it early enough to plan and work the detailsthat is why NOW is the time to start! History shows that chapters that start their work in September are the consistently successful. 2.2 STEP 2. Appoint a chapter chairman and/or committee! The Chairman and/or committee will be responsible to the chapter President to follow through on the commitment/goal, raise the funds, identify the student(s) and make the arrangements. 2.3 STEP 3. Raise the funds! Raising the requisite funds can be done if you start early enough. Fund raising ideas include: (a) Asking the membership to consider a donation of $25 donation each to support the chapters youth education fund; (b) seeking Blue Lodge support for full or partial scholarshipsparticularly for local Masonic youth; and/or (c) approaching local civic groups and corporations for support. See National Regulation 11.1 dated 21 June 2014 Teaching Young Americans about America (a PDF REPRINT may be found on the Americanism page of the National Sojourners website under Americanism Programs. 2.4 STEP 4. Identify the students! Chapters have used many approaches to identify worthy students and extend to them a YLC scholarship opportunity. Some simply look for first comefirst serve candidates selected from family and friends of Masons, Masonic Youth, local high school recommendations, ROTC and JR ROTC Units, Boy and Girl Scout organizations, etc. Others have used the annual National Sojourners Essay Contest to competitively select candidates. Regardless of the selection method used, there are many youth worthy of our consideration. Students selected should demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and have a strong academic record of achievement. 2.5 STEP 5. Reap Masters Wages! Join with your chapter members in celebrating the successful accomplishment of that part of our purposes focused on supporting all patriotic aims and activities in Masonry, for developing true Patriotism and Americanism throughout the Nation by having reached out to young Americans and provided them an opportunity to attend Americas premier school for citizenship educationFreedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. It is suggested that chapter sponsored Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 2 students who have completed the YLC Program be invited to a chapter meeting to give a report on their experiences at Freedoms Foundation. 2.6 FINAL THOUGHTS. In summary, our Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference program represents a wonderful opportunity to reach out to youthbut it will only remain an opportunity unless each National Sojourner chapter brings it to life! Join your National Americanism Committee in Proudly Serving the Cause of Patriotism by sponsoring one or more young Americans to improve their leadership skills and learn more about this great experiment in democracy that each of us has pledged our life to preserve, protect and defend. NOW is the time 3.0 RESERVATION GUIDELINES. Reserve slots for the number of students your chapter will send to the Spirit of America Youth Conference at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge by sending the following information to the National Office or to your National Americanism Chairman as soon as possible but not later than 1 March: (a) chapter name and number; (b) number of slots; and (c) contact information for your chapter POC. This advance reservation information will greatly assist your National Americanism Committee in planning a successful Youth Conference. 4.0 PROCEDURES. 4.1 Review Planning Your Chapters ParticipationSection 2.0 above. 4.2. Reserve space for the number of students your chapter intends to send to the Spirit of America Youth Conference at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forgesee Section 3.0 above. 4.3. Develop a plan to identify and select candidate studentsuse the trifold pictured on this page to advertise and seek prospective student responses. The trifold is available on the National Sojourners website in Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 3 the Americanism section in PDF formatlocal reproduction is authorized. The trifold is updated annually it provides date and tuition information and describes the program. 4.4. Fill out the information on the front of each Student Packet (shown at right) to include: (a) Chapter Name & Number; (b) Student Name; (c) Conference Dates; (d) the contact information for the Sojourner who will act as your chapter point of contact (POC) for your student(s); and (e) the date by which you require the six (6) forms to be completed and returned to your chapter POC by the student. Keep in mind that student application forms must be mailed to Freedoms Foundation by 1 July. The content of the Student Packet is as shown in the chart on page 5. 4.5. Familiarize yourself with the information in the Student Packet and provide each student you sponsor a copy. The Student Packet is available on the National Sojourners website in the Americanism section in PDF formatlocal reproduction is authorized. Student Packets may also be requested from the National Sojourners office (703-765-5000). 4.6. Follow-up with each student you elect/select to sponsor as needed to insure that all forms (pages 20 through 28 of the Student Packet) above are mailed to FFVF by July 1st to include a tuition check payable to FFVF ($460/student and $230/chaperone. It is highly recommended that you also include a self-addressed post card so that the FFVF staff can acknowledge receipt of your application(s) and check(s). MAILING ADDRESS FOR REGISTRATION FORMS AND PAYMENT: Freedoms Foundation Attn: National Sojourners Youth Conference P.O. Box 67Valley Forge, PA 19481Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 4 Page NUMBER ITEM SUBMISSION DATE NA Cover 1-2 Welcome Letter 3-6 FFVF General Information 7 FFVF Campus Photo Map 8-9 Accommodations Information 10 Packing Checklist 11-12 Major Conference Activities 13-14 Tentative Conference Schedule 15 Talent & Skit Showcase 16 Swap Meet 17-18 Transportation 19 Forms / Leave-at-Home Information / Arrival Check-in 20 21-23 24 25 26 27 28 Student Information Form Student Medical Information Form National Sojourners Release Form* Travel Information Form Honor Code Form Talent Release Form *MUST BE NOTORIZEDMAIL ALL FORMS TO FFVF NOT LATER THAN 1 JULY 4.7. E-mail (preferred) or mail the following information to the National American Chairman as soon as possible but not later than July 1st: (a) chapter name/ number; (b) name and contact information for the chapter POC; (c) name(s) of student(s) and chaperones(s) (if any); and (d) specify arrival by air, bus or plan for each student/chaperone. 4.8. Suggest to your student(s) and their parent(s) that they arrange a plan to confirm their safe arrival in Philadelphia. Also, advise students and their parents to contact the Education Office Coordinator at Freedoms Foundation using the following number in the event of a transportation delay or any emergency: 1.800.896.5488 Ext. 292. 5.1 CHAPERONE INFORMATION. 5.1 General. The goal is a chaperone/student ratio of 1:8. Chapters are encouraged to send chapter members or parents as chaperones or, more appropriately, Adult Counselors. Cost of room and board is $225 per counselor. Although staying at Freedoms Foundation ispreferred, some counselors elect to reside in a local motel and pay a Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 5 small per meal charge. Chapter members and parents of students are encouraged to serve as chaperones. Adult Counselor expectations are summarized below (provide each Adult Counselor a copy of these expectations): 5.2 Responsibilities. Adult counselors have an extremely important role to play throughout the conference as your enthusiasm and participation contributes to the overall success of the program. It is important for all counselors to participate in the entire conference, which is a demanding challenge. During the various presentations, counselors function as a helping hand for the Foundation Staffthey need to be available at all times to monitor and assist. Below are some simple guidelines for chaperonesall Adult Counselors shall: 1. Successfully complete YOUTH PROTECTION training ---refer to Section 6.0 below.2. Be available during the conference to support theFreedoms Foundation Staff when and as requested toinclude monitoring all activities from the start of the dayuntil lights out. Adult Counselors shall coordinate withthe Freedoms Foundation Staff if for any reason theymust depart the campus during daily activities.3. Not bring or consume alcohol on campus. ALCOHOL isNOT ALLOWED on campus for any reason!4. Familiarize themselves with rules governing conferenceactivity as set forth in the Student Packet. General rulesare as follows:a. The Freedoms Foundation Program Directoris in charge of the Conference report andconcerns and rules violations as appropriateto the Program Director.b. All students must attend all sessions.c. No smoking in any buildings.d. No males in the female dorm and vice versa.e. Lights Out Policystudents must be in theirrooms with lights out and quiet.Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 6 f. Food is allowed in the classroom, but trashmust be picked up at the end of eachsession and put in approved containers.5. Attend all meetings called by the Foundation Staff.6. Whether residing on or off campus, remain on campusduring the entire length of each day as required by theprogram agenda.7. Participate in all tours; helping to maintain order andaccount for all conference participants.8. Assist with the morning wake-up and with eveningactivities including late night.9. Assist in maintaining order in the residence halls, diningroom and elsewhere as required.10. Draw the attention of the Foundation Staff to unusualoccurrences, unacceptable behavior, or other problemsthat may affect the conference.11. Help keep track of students and be able to verify theirwhereabouts at all times.12. HAVE FUN!!!!!!!5.3 IMPORTANCE. National Sojourners, Inc. and Freedoms Foundation place great value on the help and support of chaperones who serve as Adult Counselors. It is a unique opportunity not only for the educational value, but also for the personal fulfillment in working with the students. Adult Counselors are encouraged to get to know the students which will help make the experience productive and memorable. 6.0 YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING & CERTIFICATION. See attached INSTRUCTIONS for BSA ON-LINE LEARNING CENTER YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING ~ VENTURING VERSION per National Regulation11.2 Youth Protection dated 21June 2014. Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 7 7.0 ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES. If you require additional assistance, take advantage of the resources that are available to you by contacting the National Americanism Committee Chairman. In addition to answering your questions, he MAY be able to provide you a student (if you have a scholarship to award but no student identified) and/or provide you some scholarship funds if you have a student and only partial funds raised, etc. In some cases, he MAY also broker shared arrangements wherein two or more chapters share the cost of a student(s). However, he 8.0 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRICIPALS (NASSP) APPROVAL. The Freedoms Foundation ~ Valley Forge Spirit of America Youth Leadership program is approved by the NASSP. Spirit of America Youth Conference ~ Chapter Instructions Page 8 may not provide funding for transportation costs.ATTACHMENT NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. Instructions for BSA Online Learning Center Youth Protection Training - Venturing Version YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 1 NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. Instructions for BSA Online Learning Center Youth Protection Training - Venturing Version Print a copy of these instructions for reference and then begin your YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING as outlined in the STEP by STEP procedure below 1. CLICK on the following link:https://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning/YPTEXEntryPage.aspx?CompanyGUID=CD BE1D09335204640979F392A25B7A80 2. ENTER your registration information.a. Information in RED is required.REVISED: 15 FEB 2013 https://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning/YPTEXEntryPage.aspx?CompanyGUID=CDBE1D09335204640979F392A25B7A80https://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning/YPTEXEntryPage.aspx?CompanyGUID=CDBE1D09335204640979F392A25B7A80https://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning/YPTEXEntryPage.aspx?CompanyGUID=CDBE1D09335204640979F392A25B7A80YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 2 b. Member ID - enter your last name followed by -SOJ (i.e., SMITH-SOJ).3. Click SUBMIT to complete your registration. Note that a Youth ProtectionTraining-Venturing Version window opens as shown below. 4. Click TAKE COURSE. A language selection window opens as shownbelow: YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 3 5. Click ENGLISH.6. COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE by following the prompts while taking the course: WHEN YOU SEE THINK Venturing Advisor National Sojourner and/or adult volunteer chaperone and provider of transportation to and from a YLC or youth activity Crew Members or Venturers YLC Students Local or Council Scout Executive National Secretary BSA National Sojourners, Inc. 7. After completing the course you the screen below will be displayed:8. CLICK Take Online Course Test and complete the 25 question exam byfollowing the prompts. If you make a mistake you will be prompted to get to the correct answer. YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 4 9. Upon satisfactorily completing the exam, the screen below will appear:10. Type you first and last name and insert NSI CHAP zzz (where zzz is yourChapter Number) as the Crew Number. 11. CLICK Print Certificate --- it is recommended that you the print to file sinceyou have only one opportunity to PRINT a certificate (using this approach you may print additional copies as may be required) --- otherwise simply PRINT to your printer (and if you need additional copies you may scan the certificate). An example certificate is show below: YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 5 12. After you PRINT your certificate, the screen below will appear:11. CLOSE all open windows. Congratulations you have successfullycompleted the BSA Youth Protection (Venturing Version) training! 12. PRINT a copy of the YOUTH PROTECTION FORM (PAGE 8) and followingthe instruction on the form. Your certification is valid for two years from the date of training. Youth Protection Guidelines Review 1. Any suspected case of sexual misconduct in the Venturingprogram should be reported to the council Scout executive (or his designated representative) immediately. The Scout executive will initiate contact with the appropriate investigative agencies and offer assistance to the victim and victims family. YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 6 2. Two-deep leadership is required on all Venturing trips andoutings. This is a minimum requirement and additional supervision may be necessary depending on the nature of the activities and the size of the group. When the activity is coeducational, adults of both sexes must accompany it, one of whom must be registered as an adult member of the BSA. 3. One-to-one contact between adults and youth crewmembers isnot permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, the meeting should be conducted in view of others. 4. Males and females are required to have separate latrines,bathing and sleeping accommodations. If it becomes necessary to share any facilities, special care should be taken to prevent violations of personal privacy. 5. Adult leaders should respect the privacy of youth members insituations such as changing into swimming suits or taking showers; intruding only to the extent required for the health and safety of crew members. Adult leaders should protect their own privacy in these situations. 6. During Venturing trips and outings, adult leaders may notsleep in the same quarters as youth members except when the adult is the parent or guardian of the youth. 7. Proper attire is to be worn for all Venturing activities. Skinnydipping is never appropriate as part of a BSA activity. 8. Proper equipment and safety procedures are required for allVenturing activities. Care must be taken to ensure that no YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 7 crewmember is coerced into activities for which he or she is not adequately prepared. 9. Initiations and physical hazing are prohibited and may be notincluded in any BSA authorized activity. No secret organizations are authorized as part of Venturing or any Scouting program. 10. The roles of volunteer adult leaders in the Venturing programrequire that clear boundaries be established between adult leaders and youth members. For this reason, fraternization the formation of peer-based, social relationships between adult and youth members is not permitted. This prohibition extends to Venturing crewmembers who register as adults after their twenty- first birthday. 11. Discipline used in Venturing should be constructive and reflectVenturings values. The use of corporal punishment in any form (spanking, slapping, hitting, belt-lines, etc.) is prohibited. If a crewmember behaves in ways to interfere with the crews operation he or she may be suspended from the program. Many Venturing crews develop Codes of Conduct that establish their own boundaries for acceptable behavior. Crew members are more likely to obey rules if they help to develop them. YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 8 Youth Protection Form I certify that I have completed the ACTIONS listed below; understand the Youth Protection policies and procedures established by the National Sojourners, Inc., as set forth in Administrative Order 6-11 and the BSA Youth Protection Training (Venturing Version) e-training course; and that I will faithfully adhere to and implement said policies and procedures in all of my actions involving the supervision and chaperoning of youth involved in National Sojourners programs and events. I understand that my certification is valid for two years from the date of training. ACTION 1 - Read Administrative Order 3-14 dated 18 JUN 2010(see pages 9 to 11 below). ACTION 2 - Complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (Venturing Version) e-training course and attach a copy of your Certificate of Training to this form. ACTION 3 Complete, sign and submit this Youth Protection Form to the National Secretary through your Chapter Secretary. Signed Printed Full Name Address Phone Chapter Number Date_ REMINDER Attach a copy of your BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate to this form. National Sojourners, Inc. 7942-R CLuny CourtSpringfield, VA 22153The Chapter Secretary shall retain a copy of this form for the Chapter Records. REV: 18 JUN 2010 YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 9 National Regulation: 11.2 21June 2014 Subject: Youth Protection 1. General. National Sojourners, Inc. places the greatest importance oncreating the most secure environment possible for the youth that we serve through our Americanism programs. To maintain such an environment, National Sojourners has adopted policies developed by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for the training and certification of members of our order and other adult volunteers (who will come into contact with youth as part of our programs) in the essentials of youth protection. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse. 2. Youth Protection Policy.a. Effective immediately, all Sojourner members and adult volunteersassisting our order must be certified as defined in this administrative order before being authorized to accompany or work with youth as part of any National Sojourners, Inc. or National Sojourners Chapter sponsored or supported youth program in general or Youth Leadership Conference, in particular. b. Any suspected case of sexual misconduct shall be immediatelyreported to the event Director in attendance and the National Sojourners JAG via the National Secretary (Phone Number: 703-765-5000). This includes sexual misconduct of any type including but not limited to Visual, Verbal, Written, Touching, Power and Threats. c. One-on-one contact between adults and youth is not permitted. Insituations that require personal conferences, the meetings shall be conducted in view of others. d. When an activity is co-educational, adults of both sexes must bepresent. YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 10 e. Male and female youth are required to always have separaterestrooms, bathing and sleeping accommodations. f. Adult shall respect the privacy of youth in situations such aschanging clothes or taking showers; intruding only to the extent required for their health and safety. Adults shall also protect their own privacy in these situations. g. Proper attire is to be worn by adults for all youth activities.h. Because of the wide differences in maturity of youth, adults mustmaintain an awareness of any social relationships between youth. They must be especially alert for relationships that involve younger, immature youth with older, more mature youth. These relationships may be for inappropriate reasons. i. All youth activities should be conducted under the leadership ofqualified, experienced event Directors. j. Proper equipment and safety procedures are required for all youthevent activities. k. Initiations and hazing are prohibited and may not be included inany youth activity. l. The roles of all adults in the youth programs require that clearboundaries be established between adults and youth. For this reason, fraternization the formation of peer-based social relationships between adults and youth is not permitted. m. Discipline used should be constructive . The use of corporalpunishment in any form spanking, slapping, hitting, belt lines, etc. is prohibited. However, if a youth participant behaves in a manner that interferes with the productivity of the program or event, the youth involved may be suspended from the program or event. YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING PROCEDURES Page 11 n. Adults shall monitor the actions of all disciplinary actions to insurethat they are fair, constructive, and in the best interests of all youth who are participating in the event. o. The Chapter President and Secretary are jointly charged with theresponsibility to insure adherence to this policy. 3. Procedures. All Sojourner members and adult volunteers assistingNational Sojourners, Inc. must be certified. a. Certification requires completion of the following actions:(1). ACTION 1 - Read this Administration Order. (2). ACTION 2 Log onto the BSA Online Learning Center, complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (Venturing Version), and print out a Certificate of Training. (3). ACTION 3 - Complete and sign the Youth Protection Form. The original form shall be mailed to the National Secretary for file. b. Certification will remain valid for 2 years from the date on theCertificate of Training. 4. Additional Actions. The National Sojourners, INC cannot and will not be accountable to or liable for any violations of this NationalRegulation.Merlin F. Howe National President Printed Full Name: Address 1: Address 2: Phone: Chapter Number: Date: reminder: Spirit of America Youth Leadership ProgramP.O. Box 671601 Valley Forge RoadValley Forge, PA 19481 610.933.8825, ext. 292www.freedomsfoundation.org Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge TMAbout Freedoms FoundationFreedoms Foundation at Valley Forge was founded in 1949 with the conviction that continued success of our republic is dependent on all Americans understanding the principles upon which the nation was founded while becoming active, engaged citizens who are inspired by the enduring relevance of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Each year, nearly 5,000 students and educators, from across the country, visit our historic Valley Forge campus to learn about America and our system of government. Freedoms Foundation immerses students in a living history educational experience and engages them in topics critical to their future as citizen leaders.For more information about the Freedoms Foundation www.freedomsfoundation.orgWhy an America Leaders Youth Program?Freedoms Foundation is dedicated to effectively communicating to young people the principles upon which our nation was founded and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in an increasingly diverse society.Since 1965, the educational offerings of the Foundation have challenged participants to explore their role as citizens today and in the future. Thomas Jefferson wrote, The key to the success of America would be an informed and active citizenry. Freedoms Foundations programs aim to achieve this goal.Now more than ever, creating an informed and involved American public is one the greatest challenges facing our democracy. There is an urgent need for our youth-the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow-to embrace the values and practices essential to responsible citizenship in a free society, beginning with a solid understanding of the principles upon which American government was founded.Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge TMNATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC.ECHAPTER NO. _____CHAPTER CONTACT____________________________PHONE______________________________Spirit of America Youth Leadership ProgramA program for high school students, the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program offers an opportunity for high school students to participate in a four-day residential program. Student participants, from across the country, will be challenged to articulate their views and perceptions of citizenship through interaction and collaboration with their peers. Experienced and expert faculty and staff will conduct seminars, leadership workshops, and historical tours of Philadelphia and Valley Forge. The Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program provides an intensive democratic experience that includes a mock Congress with students debating current Constitutional issues facing our country. Students will also learn about entrepreneurship and private enterprise through the Free Enterprise Challenge. To demonstrate outstanding responsible citizenship, the Medal of Honor Workshop introduces participants to the leadership skills and character traits demonstrated by the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. All elements of the program are designed to be fun while encouraging participants to reflect on their role as responsible citizens in a democratic society.The four days spent at the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge were the best of my entire summer. - Cody D., Ohio.ScholarshipInformationFreedoms Foundations Volunteer chapters sponsor students from local high schools to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program. Funding provided covers program tuition. Chapters often cover some or all of the travel costs, depending on the policy set by local officers. Students who wish to participate are determined by a selection process determined by the local Chapter, but may include an essay, an interview, or some other determining factor. If you have questions regarding Chapter sponsorship, contact your local Chapter officer.Applicant Requirements High-performing students (with leadership potential) High School Students in grades 10- 12 Students who have a desire and willingness tolearn and are looking for a way to growApplication QuestionsMore information is available by contacting the Education Department at education@ffvf.org or 610.933.8825 ext. 292. Interested students should contact their local National Sojourners Chapter contact person listed on the back of this trifold for application requirements.Schedule of Events: Thursday: RegistrationDinner & WelcomeOrientation & IntroductionsCommittee SelectionsFriday: BreakfastLiving History PresentationFreedom SummitLunchFreedom Summit (contd)Small Group DebriefCommittee MeetingsDinnerFree Enterprise Challenge Swap Meet & Ice Cream SocialSaturday: BreakfastLeadership WorkshopsLunchTour Valley ForgeBanquetKeynote AddressSigners CeremonyTalent ShowSunday: BreakfastTour of Colonial PhiladelphiaDepart for HomeCHAPTER NO: CONTACT: PHONE: CHAPTER NAME: CHAPTER NUMBER: National Sojourners, Inc. Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program held at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (FFVF) STUDENT NAME CONFERENCE DATES FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017SOJOURNER CONTACT NAME ADDRESS PHONE E-MAIL FORMS DUE DATE [TO SOJOURNER CONTACT] REV: 18 OCT 2016 STUDENT PACKET DadTypewritten TextDadTypewritten TextDadTypewritten TextDadTypewritten TextDadTypewritten TextDear Conference Participant, We are pleased that you will be attending the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program conducted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (www.freedomsfoundation.org) and sponsored by the National Sojourners, Inc. (www.nationalsojourners.org). The name and number of the local National Sojourner chapter sponsoring you is noted on the cover page of this Student Packet. The National Sojourners, Inc. is a fraternal organization composed of Masons who have served honorably in the uniformed services of the United States or have been elected to honorary membership. Their youth outreach mission is to "Teach Young Americans about America". The National Sojourners, Inc. has selected you to attend because of their confidence in your leadership capabilities, academic ability, and maturity. The conference program consists of workshops and classroom activities with dynamic speakers from business, government, and academia. Along with the lectures and workshops there will be tours of Valley Forge National Historical Park and Colonial Philadelphia. Also scheduled are group discussions, public speaking events, and additional activities. The session officially begins Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. with a buffet dinner, and ends Sunday at 1:00 p.m., after the tour of Colonial Philadelphia. Arrival and departure times should b e a r r a n g e d a c c o r d i n g l y . Additional information about the conference may be found elsewhere in this Student Packet. Please read all of the materials in this Student Packet carefully as they contain important information and guidelines which you will need to know before arriving on our campus. Please also note that there are six (6) forms, which you must carefully fill out and submit to the local National Sojourner chapter who is sponsoring you in advance of your arrival at Freedoms Foundation: (1) the Student Information Form; (2) the Student Medical Information Form; (3) the National Sojourners Release Form; (4) Travel Information Form; (5) the Honor Code Form; and (6) the Talent Release Form. The cover page of this Student Packet lists the name of the local Sojourner Contact Person and the date by which the completed six forms must be submitted to him. Failure to submit the requisite forms by the date specified will preclude your participation in the conference. Note further that any student not having a fully completed Student Medical Information Form and notarized National Sojourners Release Form upon arrival at Freedoms Foundation will not be permitted to participate parents will be contacted to arrange for the student to be immediately returned home. If you have any questions regarding the forms, please immediately contact the Youth Programs Department at Freedoms Foundation or the local Sojourner Contact person for guidance. We look forward to welcoming you to Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and we hope that you are looking forward to an exciting experience! If you should have any questions about the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program, please feel free to contact the Education Office at Freedoms Foundation directly at 1-800-896-5488 EXT. 234 or by e-mail at csantangelo@ffvf.org. Very truly yours, Freedoms Foundation Staff Student Packet Contents PAGE NUMBER ITEM NA Cover 2 - 3 Welcome Letter 4 FFVF Campus Photo Map 5 - 6 Accommodations Information 7 Packing Checklist 8 - 9 Major Conference Activities 10 - 11 Tentative Conference Schedule 12 Swap Meet 13- 14 Transportation Forms / Leave-at-Home Information / Arrival Check-in 16 Student Information Form 17 - 19 Student Medical Information Form 20 National Sojourners Release Form (MUST BE NOTORIZED) 21 Travel Information Form 22 Honor Code Form 23 Talent Release Form EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER Students and their parents are advised to contact Freedoms Foundation - Valley Forge at the following number in the event of a transportation delay or any emergency: 610-960-3357 mailto:csantangelo@ffvf.orgPage 4 of 24 National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program Accommodation Information Accommodations: Freedoms Foundation was established as an educational campus fully equipped with three dormitories, classroom space, and dining facilities. Upon your arrival, you will be placed in a room with up to five other participants. We assign rooms randomly, so you will not know your roommate(s) until you arrive. Your roommate(s) will remain the same throughout your stay with the Freedoms Foundation. Packing: In anticipation of your trip, please pack wisely. Here are a few tips to help you pack: Commercial airlines have a variety of fees and restrictions for luggage. Please check with your individual airline for specifics. You are responsible for any luggage fees. If you can pack everything in a carry-on bag and a backpack, you can avoid luggage fees. Clearly mark your name, address and phone number on your luggage. Have the Freedoms Foundation address and phone number on your person in case of emergencies. Dormitory rooms have limited closet space. You will be responsible for the transportation of your luggage to and from your dorm room, so only pack what you can carry. Put your name on everything and DO NOT bring valuables. Freedoms Foundation is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Dress Code: Casual dress may be worn throughout the conference, except for the banquet Saturday evening (see below). Casual dress is considered nice jeans, pants, sweaters, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, and athletic shoes. Please remember the ABC guidelines: no armpits, bellies, or cleavage. Offensive language on T-Shirts will not be tolerated. On Saturday night there is a banquet which is considered to be semi formal. Semi formal dress is considered church clothes and may include skirts, dresses, and/or suits for women; dress shirts, slacks, jackets and/or suits for men. Rules: Rules are set in place to ensure a safe and exciting environment for you to live and learn. The staff of Freedoms Foundation takes the rules very seriously. Upon your first offense, you will be sent home immediately. There are no exceptions. You will be responsible for your own travel costs if sent home from the program. Rules are expected to be followed upon your arrival at the airport in Philadelphia throughout your stay. Please read and thoroughly understand the rules before you arrive. Drugs or Alcohol: Use of these items is strictly prohibited. If for any reason you have doctor prescribed medication, please notify a staff member upon arrival. Lights Out: Lights out will be announced at the conclusion of the evening activities. During lights out you must be in your room with lights outs. Dormitory Restrictions: At NO TIME are women allowed in mens dorms/hotel rooms or vice versa. Attendance: Your attendance is required at every session. If you are unable to attend due to illness, you must notify the Program Director immediately. Honor Code: All students are expected to sign and return the Honor Code to the Freedoms Foundation prior to their arrival on campus. Student Insurance and Medical Information: Freedoms Foundation requires that each student submit a medical form completed with medical history and insurance information prior to arrival on campus. The form is enclosed in this packet. Should a medical emergency arise, Freedoms Foundation will assume the authority to administer medical treatment in the absence of a parental guardian. Freedoms Foundation will assume NO financial responsibility of medical treatment. Please notify us well in advance of program date if there are any medical needs you have. Housing: There are three residence Halls on campus (MacArthur, Hamilton & Franklin). Each room is carpeted and fully equipped with a private bathroom. Participants are provided with an adequate supply of towels, soap, and bed linens for the conference. Wireless Internet is available in the dormitories. There are NO vending machines in the dorms. Meals: Three meals per day are served in the MacArthur dining facility. The first meal will be dinner on Thursday evening. Meals are served in a cafeteria style serving manner and each participant is asked to bus their own table. On Saturday evening, there is a formal banquet to end the conference. During breaks and free time, the FFVF Gift Shop in MacArthur sells soda, chips, and candy. You are allowed to have drinks and snacks in the classroom and your dorm, but you are expected to clean up after yourself. Packing Checklist Please use this list to ensure you pack all necessities. Remember to check the weather forecast. Snow and cold temperatures are a possibility from November through March. The late spring and summer months can be hot and humid. Please pack comfortable clothes. While facilities are air conditioned, you will be spending time outside as well. Outdoor activities such as basketball, volleyball, frisbee, and football are available during free time. Other Suggested Items to pack include: Toiletries Any Medications Needed including over-the-counter medications for headaches,stomach pains, etc. The FFVF staff does not dispense drugs or medications to students. Snow/Rain coat & Snow/Rain gear Sun screen & Bug repellent Swap Meet Materials Camera with extra card and Batteries Alarm Clock Cell Phone and charger Postage Stamps for Postcards Spending Money for Snacks and Souvenirs and Lunch on Sunday Copy of health insurance card Copy of all phone numbers and information concerning the conference for your referenceMake sure that all items are clearly labeled with your name. Your luggage should also be clearly labeled with your name, address and phone number. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Carolyn Santangelo in the Education Office at 610.933.8825 x 234 or email at csantangelo@ffvf.org National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program Major Activities Leadership Workshops Students selected to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference will engage in a variety of leadership workshops. Some of these include: Rights and Responsibilities of a Citizen Leader, Communication and Teamwork, and Personalities of a Leader. Freedom Summit In addition to a series of lectures and group discussions on the topics of democracy, citizenship, the American Constitution, and current events, students will participate in a Freedom Summit session wherein the students will become their own working government to debate current topics of global concern. Free Enterprise Challenge During the Free Enterprise Challenge student groups will develop their own product and marketing plan. Participants will then create and perform a short commercial to market their product to a panel of judges composed of chaperones and foundation staff. Tours & Sightseeing Students will have the opportunity to tour historic Philadelphia and Valley Forge National Historic Park. Sites visited will include: Philadelphia - Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall; Valley Forge - Washingtons Headquarters, Continental Army barracks, and the Grande parade ground. Living History Presenters Historical characters, such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams, speak to the group and answer questions. Committees Throughout the weekend you will have an opportunity to participate in committees demonstrating your talents and creativity or just having fun. Committees include: Floor Captains, Public Speaking, News, Affirmations, Flag, Vespers, and Morning Energizers. FFVF Gift Shop The Gift Shop will be open throughout the weekend. Students can purchase a variety of clothing items, souvenirs, and snacks. Please note the gift shop is cash only. Materials Upon arrival in Valley Forge, you will receive a portfolio containing your schedule, room key and other program information. Staff & Faculty o Freedoms Foundation Program Staff Supervise all aspects of the program. Professionalstaff resides at the Foundation and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.o Faculty Core faculty members are experts from national universities in the fields ofgovernment, constitutional law and American History. These speakers aresupplemented by local and national figures providing an excellent opportunity forNational Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program students to dialogue withexperts both in theory and practice.Tentative National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program Schedule Thursday: 3:00 - 6:00pm Student arrival and Check-in 7:00 Dinner 8:00 Orientation: Goals of the Program and Review of Schedule 8:30 Icebreakers 10:00 Committee Meetings 10:30 Reflection Time Friday: 8:00 am Breakfast 9:00 Historical Interpreters 10:00 Freedom Summit I : Constitutional Law Seminar 12:30 pm Lunch 1:30 Freedom Summit II : Mock Congress 3:00 Break 3:15 Reflection in Small Groups 4:00 Free Time 5:00 Committee Meetings 6:00 Dinner 7:00 Keynote Speaker 7:30 Free Enterprise Challenge 9:30 Swap Meet and Ice Cream Social 10:30 Reflection Time Saturday: 8:00 am Breakfast 9:00 Leadership Workshops 10:30 Break 10:45 Leadership Workshops 12:30 pm Lunch 1:30 Committee Meetings 2:30 Tour of Valley Forge 5:00 Free Time 6:00 Banquet 7:00 Keynote Speaker 8:00 Closing Orientation 8:30 Vespers Service 9:00 Camp fire and smores Sunday: 7:00 am Breakfast 8:00 Board buses to Philadelphia 9:00 Tour Colonial Philadelphia 12:00 noon Departures for Philadelphia Airport *Please note: lunch is not provided on Sunday. Students should beprepared to purchase lunch at the airport if they are flying home. * Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.The Freedoms Foundation Swap Meet gives students the opportunity to bring and share gifts from their home town and state. Items in the past have included: food items, pens and pencils, pins, patches, postcards, keychains, stickers, bumper stickers, candy, etc. Please do not feel like you need to spend large amounts of money on items. Instead, contact local businesses, colleges and universities, sports teams, and community organizations and ask for donations. Tell them that you are attending a prestigious leadership conference and want to share a bit of your town, city, or state with students from around the nation. Please keep in mind that there will be 100 students participating in your conference and your items should be easily packed. During the Swap Meet all items will be displayed on tables and each participant will be able to view the tables and select items to take home. If you opt to bring a large item it may be raffled off in the spirit of fairness. This is a great time to take home a piece of America, so please, feel free to be creative! Due to increased travel costs, students may choose to mail their swap meet materials to the Freedoms Foundation. Please send any boxes to: The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Education Department Students Name & Program Date 1601 Valley Forge Rd, Box 67 Valley Forge, PA 19481 Arrival and Departure Instructions Arrival by Plane via the Philadelphia Airport Arrivals by plane will come into Philadelphia International Airport. Freedoms Foundation will provide two bus trips between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. for Program participants. The exact time for each bus departure is determined during the week prior to the conference. Depending on your arrival time, you may have to wait at the airport for a scheduled trip. When you arrive at the airport, go directly to the baggage claim area of the airline which you are flying. A map of the Philadelphia Airport is available at: http://www.phl.org/terminal_map.html. As you descend on the escalator into the baggage claim area look for a Freedoms Foundation Airport Representative (the representative will be holding a Freedoms Foundation sign). The Freedoms Foundation Representative will arrive at the airport at 11 AM and meet any early arrivals at this time, unless prior arrangements have been made The representative will advise you when and from where the bus will depart. If you cannot find the Freedoms Foundation Representative, call the Foundation promptly on the staff cell phone at 610-960-3357 for further instructions. Arrival by Train Train arrivals into Philadelphia from North or South should detrain at Philadelphia 30th Street Station (main terminal) and take the R5 Paoli Local to the Paoli Station (10 minutes from Valley Forge). This train leaves from the same 30th Street Station. Train arrivals from the west should detrain directly at Paoli. Call the Freedoms Foundation at 610-933-8825 ext. 234 or staff cell phone at 610-960-3357 when you arrive at the Paoli Station. Transportation will be provided from Paoli to the Freedoms Foundation. Bus If you wish to travel by bus- take Greyhound bus to the Norristown Transporation Center. Call the Freedoms Foundation staff cell phone at 610-960-3357 . Transportation from Norristown to the Freedoms Foundation will be provided. You must make advance reservations. Automobile If you are driving, the Freedoms Foundation is located on Route 23. Please plan on arriving between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Written directions and a map are provided on the back. http://www.phl.org/terminal_map.htmlIf you are driving, the Freedoms Foundation is located on Route 23 just outside of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The Foundation street address for all GPS systems and MapQuest is 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA 19481. Please see the written directions below. If you need further directions, please call the Freedoms Foundation at 610-933-8825 ext. 234or the staff cell phone at 610-960-3357. From Pennsylvania Turnpike Depart the turnpike at Exit 326 (King of Prussia-Valley Forge). After the toll booth, take the first immediate right exit, Valley Forge National Historical Park. Follow past the Valley Forge Convention Center and continue on Route 23 west through Valley Forge National Historical Park. At the next traffic light (route 252), proceed straight through on Route 23 West. Approximately one mile on your right at the top of the hill (where a large American flag is located) is the entrance to the Freedoms Foundation. Proceed to the Martha Washington Building for registration. From I-95 and I-76 From I-95, take Route 676 West (Vine Street). This exit is located near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge or Center City Philadelphia. Stay on Route 676 which turns into Route 76 West (Valley Forge). Take this highway for approximately 18 miles until the Valley Forge Park/Pottstown exit (Route 422 West). Proceed on Route 422 West to the Valley Forge Park Route 23 West exit. At the light at the end of the off ramp make a left onto Route 23 West. Proceed on Route 23 West through the Park. Route 23 West at the exit of the park will intersect with Rt. 252 at a traffic light. At this intersection you are approximately one mile from Freedoms Foundation. Continue on Route 23 West one mile and on your right at the top of the hill (where a large American flag is located) is the entrance to the Freedoms Foundation. Proceed to the Martha Washington Building for registration. Departures The program officially concludes at 9:30 am after the chapel service. If you are flying or taking a train or bus, please plan your departure for after 12pm. These departure times will allow you to participate in the entire program as well as accommodate transportation to your departure point. If you have any questions about your departure, please contact the Education Office at 610.933.8825 ext. 234. Preparing National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program Forms:Enclosed in your registration packet are several forms that must be returned to the Freedoms Foundation two weeks prior the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program. These forms include: 1. Student Information Form2. Medical Information Form with Parental Consent3. National Sojourners Parental Release Form4. Honor Code5. Talent Release Form6. Travel Information FormPlease complete all four forms and return to your sponsor. Sponsor Please forward all forms with payment by June 22, 2017 to: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Education Office National Sojourners PO Box 67 Valley Forge, PA 19481 E-mail to csantangelo@ffvf.org or fax to 610.960.3357 Leave-at-Home Information: Contacting a student In case of an emergency, you may contact a student by calling the Program Directors cell phone at 610-960-3357. Please be sure to leave your name and phone number. The Foundations fax number is 610-935-0522. Registration: Registration is held Thursday afternoon in the Martha Washington Building. During registration you will receive your weekend program and room key. Following registration you may have some time to unpack and meet other participants before dinner. mailto:csantangelo@ffvf.orgStudent Information Form (Must be printed or typed) Full Name: Birth Date: Please mark one Male Female Home Address: City: State: Zip: Home Phone: Student Cell Phone: Student E-Mail: Name of Parents/Guardians: Conference Date: July 6-9, 2017 School Information Name of School: Address of School: Grade Level: 9 10 11 12 Academic Ranking: Top10% Top 20% Top 30% Top 50% Personal Information Organizational Memberships: __ Leadership Positions Held: Hobbies//Sports/Travel: Paul McTypewritten TextPaul McTypewritten TextFREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE STUDENT MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM Please include a photocopy of the students health insurance card. This form consists of FOUR sections. In order to be admitted to the National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program, each section needs to be completed with the required signatures and returned to Freedoms Foundation by June 22, 2017. NAME OF PARTICIPANT I. PARENTS WAIVER We (I) hereby give permission for the above named student to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership program on July 6-9, 2017 to be conducted at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. We (I) hereby release and discharge the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, its officers, agents, instructors and employees, from any and all claims, demands, suits, actions or causes of action which we (I) may or shall have reason of any illness, injury or accident incurred or suffered by the above named participant at this conference and in the course of travel by any means to and from and while on the premises of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, no matter how caused or occasioned. Names of Parents or Guardians (Please print) Date Signature of Parents/Guardians Telephone: Home Cell Parents/Guardians E-Mail ______________________________________________________________ I. INSURANCE Freedoms Foundation does not carry medical insurance to cover participants. All participating students should be covered by personal or family insurance. We (I) hereby certify, under penalty of perjury, that the above named student is covered by medical insurance. Names of Parents or Guardians (Please print) Date Signature of Parents/Guardians Insurance Company Policy/Group number Expiration Date of insurance Please list emergency number(s) other than those above at which parent, guardian, or another relative may be reached during the conference. (Please print and relationship to student) Name Telephone Name Telephone II. PARENTS CONSENT FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT In the event that our (my) child becomes ill or sustains an injury while under the supervision of the Freedoms Foundation staff, we (I) hereby give permission to administer first aid for our (my) childs relief. If it is not practical to return our (my) child to us (me), or to receive our (my) instructions for his/her care, consent is given to any licensed physician and/or surgeon to whom our (my) child is taken for treatment, to administer such treatment, drugs, and medicines and to perform such surgical procedures as the licensed physician and/or surgeon shall think the existing emergency requires for the relief of pain, and to preserve our (my) childs life and health. We (I) understand and agree that while the Freedoms Foundation staff may seek medical treatment for our (my) child, we (I) hereby release and discharge the Freedoms Foundation, its officers, agents, instructors and employees, for any and all demands, suits, actions or causes of actions that we (I) may or shall have by reason of arranging for such medical treatments or from failure to seek such medical treatments. Names of Parents or Guardians (Please print) Date Signature of Parents/Guardians III. STUDENTS MEDICAL HISTORY Name of Participant Birth Date Address City State Zip Code Date of most recent exam Weight _____________ Height __________ Date of most recent tetanus toxoid immunization Doctors Name Doctors Address City State Zip Code Doctors Telephone HEALTH HISTORY Please provide any information about a students health history that may impact their participation in the program. This may include health concerns, food and medication allergies (see below), and/or current medications (see below). Attach additional pages if necessary. CONDITIONS ALLERGIES IMMUNIZATIONS Frequent ear infections Hay Fever Chicken Pox Heart defect/disease Ivy poisoning, etc. Measles Convulsions Insect Stings Mumps Diabetes Asthma Rubella Bleeding/Clotting disorders Penicillin DTaP Hypertension Other Drugs Mononucleosis Hepatitis Food Allergies Current Medication taking Medication allergies List any condition or illness that Freedoms Foundation should be aware of that is not mentioned THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING US WITH THIS INFORMATION. National Sojourners, Inc. 7942-R Cluny Court Springfield, VA 22153 FROM: _______________________________________ (natural/adoptive/custodial parent(s) of student) TO: Chairman, National Americanism Committee R E L E A S E KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that the undersigned, being of full age and the natural/adoptive/custodial parent(s) of _____________________________________ residing at ____________________________________________________________ in consideration of no return for ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, release and forever discharge National Sojourners, Inc. their agents, corporations, and associations of and from any and all claims, damages, costs and compensation whatsoever concerning bodily and personal injuries and property damages which may result to the above child/student while going to and from, and while attending the Freedoms Foundation Programs at Valley Forge; meaning and intending that National Sojourners, Inc., its agents, representatives, corporations, associations and partnerships, will not be liable for any such unforeseen occurrences. State of County of On the day of , , before me personally appeared to me known to be the person(s) named herein and who executed the foregoing Release and (he/she/they) voluntarily executed the same. acknowledged to me that (he/she/they) Notary Public Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference Must be returned to Freedoms Foundation by June 22 & must complete both sections! ARRIVAL Freedoms Foundation will provide transportation from the Philadelphia Airport, 30th Street Train Station Or Paoli Train Station to the Foundations campus ONLY if you arrive between 12:00 noon and 5 p.m. DATE OF ARRIVAL: July Airline and Flight Number Time of Arrival: Originating City 30th Street Train Number Time of Arrival Paoli Train Number Time of Arrival Car Time of Arrival Please provide the students cell phone number so we may contact them if we are not able to locate them at the Philadelphia Airport or Train Station on arrival day! Cell # Please see the Transportation Form for Philadelphia Airport arrival instructions DEPARTURE At the conclusion of the conference, Freedoms Foundation will provide transportation to the airport or train station ONLY if you scheduled your departure after 2:30 p.m. (Special arrangements for departures prior to 2:30 p.m. must be made with the Freedoms Foundations staff before the conference begins.) DATE OF DEPARTURE July Airline and Flight # Time of Departure 30th Street Train Number Time of Departure Paoli Train Number Time of Departure Car Time of Departure , PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO YOUR SPONSOR , PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORMS TO FREEDOMS FOUNDATION BY JUNE 22, 2017 STUDENTS SPONSORS Honor Code As a participant in the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference, I agree to: Participate in all activities to the fullest extent possible. Be on time to all scheduled events. Show respect to my fellow participants, adults leaders, and myself. Leave the campusclassrooms, dormitories, dining hall, etcin the same condition I found them. Follow all rules and instructions as communicated by the program director and staff. Honor wake up time and lights out times. Behave in a way that is always safe for me and others. Make this weekend alcohol, tobacco, and drug free. Participant signature Date Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Talent Release Form ASSIGNMENT, CONSENT, AND RELEASE I, the undersigned, on behalf of my child, , hereby grant absolute right and permission to Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge to take photographs, video, testimonials and/or audio reproductions of the person(s) named above and to copyright, use, publish, and distribute same. In granting such permission, I hereby relinquish any right, title or interest in such photographs, video, testimonials, CD ROMs, DVDs, and/or audio reproductions and grant Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge permission to publish, exhibit or use such audio/visuals for any and all promotional purposes stated, including broadcast, website, and other print and/or electronic uses. I, the undersigned, certify that I am 18 years or older and have read this release and understand all its terms. I execute it voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance. Name of Parent/Guardian Signed Date Address CHAPTER NAME: CHAPTER NUMBER: STUDENT NAME: FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017SOJOURNER CONTACT: FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017NAME: FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017ADDRESS: FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017PHONE: FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017EMAIL: FROM 6 July 2017 TO 9 July 2017FORMS DUE DATE TO SOJOURNER CONTACT: undefined: undefined_2: undefined_3: Please mark one: NAME OF PARTICIPANT: Names of Parents or Guardians Please print: Date: Telephone Home: Cell: Names of Parents or Guardians Please print_2: Date_2: Insurance Company: PolicyGroup number: Expiration Date of insurance: Name: Telephone: Name_2: Telephone_2: In the event that our my child: Names of Parents or Guardians Please print_3: Date_3: Name of Participant: Address: Zip Code: Date of most recent exam: Date of most recent tetanus toxoid immunization: Doctors Name: Doctors Address: City_2: State_2: Zip Code_2: Doctors Telephone: Frequent ear infections: Heart defectdisease: Convulsions: Diabetes: BleedingClotting disorders: Hypertension: Mononucleosis: Hepatitis: Hay Fever: Ivy poisoning etc: Insect Stings: Asthma: Penicillin: Other Drugs: Chicken Pox: Measles: Mumps: Rubella: DTaP: Food Allergies: Current Medication taking: Medication allergies: List any condition or illness that Freedoms Foundation should be aware of that is not mentioned 2: List any condition or illness that Freedoms Foundation should be aware of that is not mentioned 3: List any condition or illness that Freedoms Foundation should be aware of that is not mentioned 4: naturaladoptivecustodial parents of student: naturaladoptivecustodial parents of: in consideration: State of: County of: undefined_4: to me known to be the persons named herein and who executed: undefined_5: the foregoing Release and heshethey: voluntarily executed the same: undefined_6: DATE OF ARRIVAL July: Airline and Flight Number: Time of Arrival: Originating City: Street Train Number: Time of Arrival_2: Paoli Train Number: Time of Arrival_3: Car: Time of Arrival_4: Cell_2: DATE OF DEPARTURE July: Airline and Flight: Time of Departure: Street Train Number_2: Time of Departure_2: Paoli Train Number_2: Time of Departure_3: Car_2: Time of Departure_4: Date_4: hereby grant absolute right and permission to Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge to: Signed: Date_5: Address_2: undefined_7: Full Name: Birth Date: Home Address: City: State: ZIP Code: Home phone: Student Cell Phone: Student E-Mail: Name(s) Parent(s)/Guardian(s): School Name: School Address: Check Box24: Check Box25: org member 1: org member 2: 9: 10: 11: 12: 10%: 20%: 30%: 50%: Ldrshp 1: Ldrshp 2: Hobbies etc: hobbies 2: Parents/Guardians E-Mail: Height: weight: OPR: SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION REVIEW DATE: 2020 SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 3 October 2015 NC 8.1.6SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION PAGE NUMBER 1. INTRODUCTION 3 2. PURPOSE 3 3. FUNDING RESOURCES 3 4. SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) 4 5. GRANTS: 6 6. FUND RAISING: 10 7. BEST PRACTICES 11 APPENDICES 11 SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 3 1.0 INTRODUCTION. Sojourner Chapters are expected to implement Americanism and Bridge of Light (BOL) programs as part of their outreach mission and in furtherance of the purposes of the Order. While the selection of the number and types of programs remains at the discretion of the members, many require significant monetary expenditures. Such patriotic and Americanism educa- tional programs may include some or all of the following: JROTC and ROTC Medals, Youth Leader- ship Conference Scholarships, Essay Contest Awards, as well as, the purchase of requisite program materials including ceremonial flag kits, promotional/educational materials, recognition certificate's, parade floats, website development and other miscellaneous items. Raising the necessary funds is often a limiting factorhence, the National Sojourners have established the Spirit of America Education Foundation (SAEF) 501(c)(3) which enables Sojourner Chapters to expand their fund raising activities by permitting tax deductible donations. 2.0 PURPOSE. This publication provides guidance for Sojourner Chapters in using the Spirit of America Education Foundation 501(c)(3) to raise funds for approved patriotic and Americanism educational programs, as well as: (a) guidelines for using the Grant process; (b) general information on soliciting donations; and (c) recommended best practices. 3.0 FUND RESOURCES. Sojourner Chapters acquire operating fund resources in a number of ways as summarized in the following table. The last highlighted category is made possible by the Spirit of America Education Foundation (SAEF) 501(c)(3). FUNDS RESOURCE DESCRIPTION Annual Chapter MIP Dividend Provided by National HQ Donations Provided by members and individuals Honorariums Provided by organizations for patriotic & Americanism programs Fees New Member Raffles 50-50* Other Income Projects Fund raising dinners, etc. National Americanism Committee Scholarships Provided exclusively for funding students to YLCs In Memoriam Chapter Support for JROTC & ROTC Medals Provided by the National HQ to chapters in the same state as the In Memoriam chapter to assist in defraying the cost of medals assumed by chapters still operating in the state Tax Deductible Grants, Donations and In-kind support from organizations and individuals Based on actions of the chapter to implement and pursue tax deductible grants, donations and in-kind support! *NOTEChapters must comply with the directives of their local Grand Lodge with respect to the operation of raffles. Some chapters solicit member donations and provide a donated prize as an incentive in lieu of a 50-50. SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 4 4.0 SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION (SAEF) 501c(3). 4.1 IRS APPROVAL. The SAEF 501(c)(3) was approved by the IRS on 23APR2014 (see copy included as Appendix 8.1.1). 4.2 FUNDING CATEGORIES. 4.2.1 APPROVED CATEGORIES. Funds may be solicited under the auspices of the SAEF for the following National and Sojourner Chapter patriotic and Americanism education purposes: A. JROTC & ROTC Medals B. Youth Leadership Conference Scholarships C. Essay Contest Awards D. Promotional Materials E. Program Materials - flag kits, color guard supplies, etc. F. Parade floats G. Website operations - National and chapter that support patriotic and Americanism education H. Recognition materials 4.2.2 PROPOSED CATEGORIES. A Chapter may nominate other types of expenditures for approval by submitting a proposal to the Spirit of America Education Foundation via the National Secretary-Treasurer at h q@ na tion a lsojo u rn e rs.org . 4.3 CHAPTER PROCEDURES: 4.3.1 Planning for Tax Deductible Fund Raising. Review Section 6 Fund Raising of this publication. 4.3.2 Tax-Deductible Fund Raising. Review the tax deductible Grants sources available to you in your Chapters hometown and apply the guidance provided in the Section 5 Grants of this publication. Keep in mind that there are many local community resources such as the Rotary, Lions Club, Kiwanis, and many local non-national organizations that may be viable sources for donations for National Sojourner patriotic and Americanism education programs be sure to approach and use all of your local resources. Often chapter members are members of such organizations and can act as your chapter POC ask! In addition, you may wish to seek additional donations from chapter members and community businesses and entrepreneurs who share a like-minded interest in our outreach programs as such donations are now tax deductible under the SAEF. 4.3.3 In-kind support is a way for your chapter to collect resources other than money. Instead of buying everything with cash, you can look for donations from community members. In-kind resources, or non-cash contributions, might be things you'd otherwise pay for, or they might be things that money just can't buy. When someone volunteers to give you a service, supplies, or free help, you're receiving in-kind support. You can look for in-kind support both from within your Chapter's members, and from your local community. Chapters need resources to put their plans into action. One of these resources is cash. But that money may not always be available, and some donors people, groups, or businesses may feel more comfortable donating something other than mailto:hq@nationalsojourners.orgSPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 5 cash. In-kind support should not be seen as a second best to direct monetary donations, but as an equally important part of the resource pool available. Seeking in-kind support should be an integral part of your plan for action and sustainability. If your Chapter is going to succeed, you'll need more than just money: you'll want goods, people, and services. 4.3.4 Crediting Tax Deductible Funds to Your Chapter SAEF Account. Grant and donation checks shall be made payable to the SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION. To ensure credit of the donation to the chapter, the check shall be forwarded to the National Secretary-Treasurer together with the SPIRT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION DONATION FORM (see appendix 8.1.2) with the proper fund category designated (see 4.2.1 above). [EDITORs NOTEthe form requires revision to add a list of approved fund categories]. It is emphasized that all funds raised by a chapter shall be reserved in the Spirit of America Education Foundation for the exclusive use of that chapter! 4.3.5 Funds in Your Chapter SAEF Account. Funds in your SAEF account shall be disbursed by direction of your Chapter Secretary by the National Secretary-Treasurer to your designated payee. The National Secretary-Treasurer shall mail the check directly to your designated payee or to the Chapter Secretary to deliver to the payee. Note that funds shall only be used for the purposes given by the donor. As an example, your chapter receives a $1000 community grant from your local Wal-Mart for Youth Leadership Conference Scholarships. Accordingly, the Chapter may direct the National Secretary-Treasurer to disburse these funds on behalf of your chapter to either Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge or to a regional Military Order of World Wars Youth Leadership Confer- ence account. 4.3.6 Questions Where to get Help. Send and questions you may have regarding the subject ad- dressed by this National Circular to the Spirit of America Education Foundation via National Secre- tary-Treasurer at h q@n a tion a lsojou rne rs.org. Your inquiry should clearly articulate your question(s) and include your name, e-mail address, and phone number. mailto:hq@nationalsojourners.orgSPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 6 5.0 GRANTS. 5.1 Community Service Grants: Community Service Grants provide a means for funding qualifying Chapter programs. The Grant process employs the following steps: (1) Identify sources, (2) Qualify for the grant, (3) Comply with the requirements, (4) Justify your request, and (5) Apply on time. 5.1.1 Like the complexity and skill required in locating, writing detailed cover letters and lengthy proposals seeking large governmental, educational, foundation, and corporate grants, community service grants are readily available and fairly easily obtained without the necessity to prepare com- plex cover letters and proposals. Grants are available from a number of local sources and these will become more apparent to you when you begin your research in locating them. The longest journey begins with the first step, so here it is: 5.1.1.1 Identify A. Community Service Grant Sources B. Individuals C. Local Companies and Corporations D. Local Foundations E. Large Corporations or Entities with community ties or operations {WAL-MART, Costco, Walgreen 's, Office Depot, K-Mart etc. F. Grant sources can be researched utilizing computer search, personal contacts, bankers, newspaper editors, Chambers of Commerce, lawyers etc. It is as simple as inquiring and making known your interest in securing a community service grant. Simply researching local newspaper files for grants will often reveal entities that offer grants locally as they relish the image and publicity of being "good citizens" in their communities. When you have determined available grant sources, you are ready for step two in the process: 5.1.1.2 Qualify A. After determining grant sources, as in most instances the source will be local, place a tele- phone call to the source and ask for the name and title of the individual responsible for community service grants. Thank that person for the information and ask if that individual is available. If unavail- able, inquire as to their availability and state you will contact them at that time. Do not speak with an- yone on initial contact that is not responsible for community service grants. You are simply "spinning your wheels" as having your request being related by a third party looses much of its im- pact in translation. If available, address the individual by name and/or title. B. Addressing an individual by their name and/or title on first contact immediately establishes a personal relationship. Remember that the initial contact will not secure the grant, it is an infor- mation-gathering foray. Introduce yourself, state the name of your organization, and inquire if com- munity service grants are available for 501(C)(3) organizations in your community. If not, thank the individual for their time. Upon the determination of availability of a grant, inform the individual that your Chapter is a subsidiary of the National Sojourners, Inc. which has been designated a 501(c)(3) SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 7 organization and as such is eligible to receive tax exempt grants from most individuals, foundations, and organizations. At this time attempt to schedule a personal visit to further discuss grant require- ments and to pick up any material pertinent to applying for the grant. A one-on-one situation is highly desirable as this will afford the opportunity to fully discuss the National Sojourner youth related pro- grams, their potential impact on youth in the community, and how the funds will be utilized to ad- vance interest in these programs by offering scholarships, awards, or in furthering patriotic education and Americanism education programs. Briefly state your reason for need and how it will benefit the local community. Perception of community benefit is a very critical factor in the determination of need for community service grants by almost all entities. Education is a common theme for consider- ing grant requests, so emphasize the educational aspect by utilization of the grant to further the edu- cation of our community youth in the heritage and history of the United States of America through participation in the National Sojourner youth related programs. Be sure and mention the lack of edu- cation available to our youth in the heritage and history of our country, which is being eroded daily and is sorely deficient in most of our schools and communities. However, it is necessary that you are prepared to fully discuss the grant request at the time of initial contact in the event that a person- al visit is unavailable or not desired by the grantor's representative. Be prepared to discuss your re- quest and necessary requirements for qualification and submission of the grant proposal. Items such as: specific qualifying factors, opening and closing dates for grant submission, the need to specify amount of funds requested, if attachments are advised, and does the grantor have their own Grant Request Form (e.g., the WAL-MART request form). C. Additional required forms include the 501(c)(3) Advisory Letter and State Tax Statements. Many grant awarding entities now also require a USA Patriot Act Compliance Form: (see sample attached). It is advisable to include a completed USA Patriot Act Compliance Form with all grant re- quest submissions. Fully cover all aspects of the items mentioned above and inquire where and when any material necessary for grant proposal submission will be available. If possible schedule an appointment to pick up related material. Having compiled all necessary information and required documents, you are ready to prepare the grant proposal, step 3 in the process. 5.1.1.3 Comply: Simply stated, "comply with ALL requirements and rules of the grantor, otherwise, your grant will be disqualified and receive no consideration." Consider there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of groups seeking the same grant funds as you. Many, if not most, submissions are simply disqualified, "out of hand" for non-compliance or failure to meet the requirements of the grant. Be keenly aware of this "winnowing process" utilized by grantors, as it is the first hurdle to overcome. 5.1.1.4 Justify: A. The Who, Why, What, and How's of Grants: All grant proposals have common factors that must be fully defined and directly conveyed to the grantor in the proposal These factors include the following and must be fully defined: Who you are; Why you need the grant; What is your pro- posal to justify granting the funds; How will the funds be spent; and How will your program benefit the local community. These questions must be clearly and fully related in terms easily interpreted by the grantor. B. The Introduction: Keep your Introduction as interesting and informative as possible as in most instances only the first few pages will be read unless the reader's interest is piqued. The In- troduction offers the opportunity to fully justify your proposal as well as to cover the items stipulated SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 8 in (A) above. The opening few paragraphs are critical in "grabbing" the reader's attention to entice he or she to continue reading your proposal. Incorporating quotes from the Sojourners National Americanism Committee or a quote by President Reagan into the introductory paragraphs of the proposal template work well (e.g., Teaching young Americans about America). Confusing and unin- teresting proposals get you little except non-consideration when seeking community service grants. Keep it simple, interesting, and easily understood or it will in all likelihood not be considered. In the case of WAL-MART and other large corporate grantors, they have numerous requests on a daily ba- sis and simply do not have the time or personnel to fully consider all grant proposals, especially those that are poorly written, uninteresting, and difficult to understand . These in all probability go to the bottom of the pile or are briefly considered and rejected. C. The Proposal: The proposal should be straight forward and to the point. It should fully detail all aspects of the project as defined above and comply with all requirements of the grantor. Utilization and intended expenditures of requested funds should be fully detailed. The proposal should include a proposed project budget for usage of the grant monies. The rationale and justifica- tion for the grant have been defined in the Introduction so there is no need to repeat former justifica- tions for the grant. Fully review the proposal to assure all requirements and stipulations of the gran- tor are fully met. The proposal template once completed my ab re-cycled by being adapted and cus- tomized for specific grant requirements or Chapter programs. 5.1.1.5 Apply (use of the grant request template is recommended). A. Retain duplicate copies of all material submitted. Compose the proposal as a standard business letter, paragraphs left justified with a space between paragraphs. As a minimum use 12pt Times New Roman type and the brightest paper available for all correspondence with the grantor. If the type is too small and the paper too dingy to be easily read, it probably will not be read. Small considerations like these allow your proposal to "stand out" and are greatly appreciated by individu- als reading dozens of pages of grant proposals on a daily basis. If you have diligently followed the preceding steps, you are now ready to submit your Chapter's proposal. All correspondence and submissions should be on Chapter letterhead (make up your own Chapter letterhead), as this indi- cates a sense of professionalism. Carefully review the completed proposal for spelling and gram- matical errors, as these are a definite "turn off" for proposal readers. Fully and accurately complete any required forms and attach any supporting news items or documents if allowed. B. If possible, schedule an appointment to hand deliver your proposal. This creates an addi- tional opportunity to further interact with the grantor on a personal basis. Otherwise, send the grant proposal by certified or delivery confirmed mail to assure your proposal has been delivered and re- ceived in a timely manner. In either situation, it is worthwhile to contact the grantor to assure that your proposal has been received. In the initial grantor contact, you should have ascertained the opening and closing dates for their grant. The proposal submission should be approximately thirty (30) days prior to the closing date to allow for the submission of additional information or for re- quests for clarification. Most grants are awarded within two (2) months of the closing date. It is im- perative that you follow up on the decision regarding your proposal on a regular basis beginning ap- proximately two (2) months after the closing date and continuing on a bi-weekly schedule or until you are advised of a decision by the grantor. C. When you are notified of grant approval, immediately respond by telephone or SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 9 mail and thank the grantor for the grant. At this time schedule a convenient time and location to pre- sent a Patriot of 76 Certificate (available from National HQ) and send a formal thank you letter. The presentation of the Patriot of 76 Certificate Appreciation should be fully publicized in local news me- dia and the grantor mentioned as source of funds in all publicity regarding youth related activities where the grant funds are utilized, i.e. "funds for the scholarship were provided by a generous grant from the WAL-MART Foundation." Note: Not all grantors want the publicity and prefer to remain anonymous. However, in any instance, stay in contact with the grantor throughout the year and keep the grantor updated and informed of the Chapter's youth related activities and use of grant funds. Regular updates and proper utilization of grant funds almost guarantees renewal of the grant for fu- ture requests. D. If your grant proposal is rejected or not funded, it is critical to determine the reason(s) for non-funding of your proposal in order to correct it for future submissions. Simply ask the declining grantor, why the proposal was rejected, then correct it. Don't become overly discouraged by a re- fusal. Grants are like beauty contests, if you don't succeed the first time, benefit from your mistakes, correct them, keep trying, and re-groom your future submissions until you are successful. NC 8.6.1 ~ SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 11 6.0 FUND RAISING. 6.1 Chapter fund raising requires planning, commitment, and leadership. A. Start early! B. Upon establishing the goals for the patriotic and Americanism programs your chapter has elected to pursue will readily identify the requisite funds required and permit calculation of the funding shortfall or the amount of tax deductible funds to be raised. C. Decide who or appoint a committee to implement the fund raising using both Grant and donation resources. D. Review this circular for guidance. E. Implement the plan. 6.2. SOLICITING CONTRIBUTIONS AND IN-KIND SUPPORT. Obtaining support through successful grants and submitted proposals is important to the financial sustainability of many community organizations. However, we all know competition for grants can be tough. You should consider what types of other resources may be available within the community. 6.3 Contributions and in-kind support: A, Contributions: The idea of contributions sounds simple its money that people, businesses, or groups give your Chapter. Thats essentially right, but there are a lot of variations. Some contributions are tax deductable and some are not, depending on the tax status of the receiving organization, what it uses the money for, and whether or not donors get anything in return. It should be emphasized that the Spirit of America Educational Foundation is the charitable organization, the chapters are not. Cash contributions and recognition of in-kind support must go through SAEF to meet the IRS requirements. B. In-kind Support: In-kind support is a way for your chapter to collect resources other than money. Instead of buying everything with cash, you can look for donations from community members. In-kind resources, or non-cash contributions, might be things you'd otherwise pay for, or they might be things that money just can't buy. When someone volunteers to give you a service, supplies, or free help, you're receiving in-kind support. You can look for in-kind support both from within your Chapters members, and from your local community. Some donors people, groups, or businesses may feel more comfortable donating something other than cash. In-kind support should not be seen as a second best to cash donations, but as an equally important part of the resources available to your chapter. 6.4 Planning to Solicit Support A. Plan how you will approach various members of your community and ask for donations and non-cash resources. Do your members have good contacts with particular businesses, companies, institutions, or individuals? Think positively and creatively! The worst someone can tell NC 8.6.1 ~ SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 501(c)(3) CHAPTER GUIDANCE 11 you is "No!" Many businesses, corporations, or larger organizations are looking for smaller groups to donate to. Why? Often it's a tax write-off, and it shows their involvement and generosity to their community. After all, if they are going to be making donations anyway, why not have them be to you? B. Set clear goals for your campaign. If you don't know where you're going, you won't be able to congratulate yourselves when you get there! Assign specific people to solicit particular groups, particularly those where they already have contacts. A lot of support you get will come from local contacts. In other words, the support will come from the relationships you've already established with people in your community. If they know and trust you, they will want to support you. 6.5 General Fund Raising Guidance: Refer to 7 Tips on Asking for Donations included as Appendix 8.1.5. 7.0 BEST PRACTICES. All Sojourner Chapters are encouraged to submit examples of suc- cessful fund raising projects to include application examples, letters of appreciation , news articles, etc., as well as, statements of lessons learned to the SAEF via the National Secretary-Treasurer at hq@ n a tion a lsojou rne rs.o rg . The SAEF will review recommend best practices and post selected items on the Sojourners website (new page in the SOJOURNERS ONLY section to be implemented) and, form time to time, add items to this Publication. In this manner, all Sojourner Chapters may have an opportunity to apply and benefit from individual chapter successes and lessons learned. 8.0 APPENDICES. 8.1 GENERAL: 8.1.1 IRS FormSpirit of America Education Foundation 501(c)(3) dated 23APR2014 8.1.2 Sprit of America Education Foundation Donation Forms 8.1.3 Companies that Donate to Nonprofit Organizations 8.1.4 Donation Request: The Top Companies 8.1.5 Tips on Asking for Donations 8.2 BEST PRACTICE EXAMPLES: 8.2.1 8.2.2 INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE P. 0. BOX 2508 CINCINNATI, OH 45201 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Date: /I-,.l' . O i4 Employer Identification Number: 45-3563522 DLN: 17053023407023 SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 8301 E BLVD DR ALEXANDRIA, VA 22308-1399 Contact Person: BRENDA WILKINS ID# 52338 Contact Telephone Number: (877) 829-5500 Accounting Period Ending: December 31 Public Charity Status: 170(b) (1)(A) (vi) Form 990 Required: Yes Effective Date of Exemption: May 20, 2011 Contribution Deductibility: Yes Addendum Applies: No Dear Applicant: We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section SOl(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code. You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code . Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records. Organizations exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. We determined that you are a public charity under the Code section (s) listed in the heading of this letter. Please see enclosed Publication 4221-PC, Compliance Guide for 50l(c) (3) Public Charities, for some helpful information about your responsibilities as an exempt organization. Sincerely, Director, Exempt Organizations Enclosure: Publication 4221-PC Letter 947 REV: 13JUN2014 Spirit of America Education Foundation Donation Form FORM PURPOSE This form is to be used for making tax deductible donations to the National Sojourners, Inc. Spirit of America Education Foundation (a 501c3 foundation). All donors will receive a letter acknowledging the date and amount of their donation. Make checks payable to the Spirit of America Education Foundation. National Sojourner Chapters may also reserve donations secured through their efforts for use in payment on their behalf of tuition for Freedoms Foundation and MOWW Youth Leadership Conferences, ROTC/JROTC Medals, and other future Americanism and Patriotic youth programs that may be approved. Complete this form, retain a copy for chapter files, and mail the original with donation check to: Spirit of America Education Foundation c/o National Sojourners, Inc. 8301 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22308-1399 DONOR INFORMATION DONOR NAME: ADDRESS: CITY: STATE / ZIPCODE: AMOUNT ($): DATE: CHECK NUMBER: CHAPTER INFORMATION CHAPTER NAME: CHAPTER NUMBER: CHAPTER SECRETARY NAME: PHONE NUMBER: E-MAIL ADDRESS: LOCAL REPRODUCTION OF THIS FORM IS AUTHORIZED REV: 20 April 2015 Spirit of America Education Foundation In-Kind Donation Form FORM PURPOSE This form does not serve as a receipt for this contribution, but is intended for our internal record keeping purposes only. A receipt describing the items or merchandise donated will be mailed to the address supplied below. The Spirit of America Educational Foundation is unable to include the estimated value on the donor receipt. It is the responsibility of the donor to substantiate the fair market value for his/her own tax purposes. The donation of services, although very valuable and much appreciated, is generally not considered tax deductible by the IRS. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine the tax implications of your gift. Complete this form, retain a copy for chapter files, and mail the original to: Spirit of America Education Foundation c/o National Sojourners, Inc. 7942 R Cluny Court Springfield, VA 22153 Date: ____________________{ Donor Information Company Name:__________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: __________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________________ State: ____________ Zip: ______________ Daytime Phone: ___________________________ Email: _________________________________ Gift Description ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Estimated fair market cost by donor: $______________________ Special Instructions: (e.g. item delivery or pickup, restrictions, etc.) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ COMPANIES THAT DONATE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 1 Companies that Donate to Nonprofit Organizations Have you ever wondered which companies donate to nonprofit organizations? Well, at Double the Donation were asked that exact question all the time! Most companies, big or small, have a budget for charitable giving to nonprofit organizations, though it can be done in any number of ways. These include: Employee matching gifts Individual volunteer grants Community grants Volunteer support / team volunteer grants Of course all companies claim they donate to nonprofit organizations, but which do the best job of supporting nonprofit organizations? Companies that Donate to Nonprofit Organizations through Various Giving Programs Matching Employee Donations One of the most common methods for companies to donate to nonprofit organizations is through employee matching gift programs. These are charitable donation programs where companies match donations made by employees to nonprofits. Double the http://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/matching-gift-information/http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gift-service/COMPANIES THAT DONATE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 2 Donations service is based around helping nonprofits raise money from the multitude of companies that provide these programs. Heres a sampling of a few companies which double the Donation tracks: Bank of America Bank of America is just one of many financial services companies that match employee donations nonprofits. Every Bank of America employee is eligible to request up to $5,000 per year in matching gift funds to nearly any organization. One of the nice features of Bank of Americas matching gift program is that the company will match donations made to nonprofit organizations up until March 15th of the following year. That means you have plenty of time to make a last minute end of year appeal or start of year appeal to remind their donor base to submit match requests. View more details on Bank of Americas matching gift program or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/bank-of-america-merrill-lynch. [click on link] Google As youd expect from a company whos slogan is Dont be Evil, Google is very generous with its nonprofit donation programs. Its matching gift program is no exception with Google matching up to $12,000 in donations per employee each year. One of the highlights of Googles match program is that the company not only matches personal donations to nonprofit organizations, but also matches funds employees personally raise for a charitable event which they actively participate in (ex. walks, marathons, bike rides, etc.) View more details on Googles matching gift program or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/google-inc [click on link]. http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gift-service/http://doublethedonation.com/marketing-matching-gifts/end-of-year-appeals/http://doublethedonation.com/marketing-matching-gifts/end-of-year-appeals/http://doublethedonation.com/marketing-matching-gifts/start-of-year-appeals/http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/bank-of-america-merrill-lynchhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/bank-of-america-merrill-lynchhttp://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/02/google-matching-gift-program/http://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/02/google-matching-gift-program/http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/google-inchttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/google-incCOMPANIES THAT DONATE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 3 GE Did you know GE was the first company to institute a matching gift program for employees? Ever since 1954, GE has been known as one of the top companies that donates to nonprofits. While GE initially only matched employee donations to colleges and universities, the company has expanded its match program to include nearly all nonprofits. View more details on GEs matching gift program or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/general-electric [click on link]. https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-matching-gifts-companies/ [click on link]. Community Grants Most large companies provide grants to nonprofit organizations through community grant programs. Its a way for companies to support their local communities by giving back to nonprofits which work to improve the lives of employees, customers, and entire communities. Unlike matching gift programs where employees initiate the grant requests, nonprofits must individually research and apply for community grants. This often involves applying electronically through a company grant making portal where the nonprofit outlines how the funds will benefit the community. Note: If you ever see a link to Cybergrants [or https://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/07/cybergrants/ ] or the JK-Group [ or https://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/05/jk-group-easymatch-companies/ ]on a companys website, youre being directed to the companys electronic grant making software where you can apply for a community grant. [click on link]. or http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/general-electrichttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/general-electrichttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-matching-gifts-companies/http://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/07/cybergrants/https://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/07/cybergrants/http://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/05/jk-group-easymatch-companies/https://doublethedonation.com/blog/2013/05/jk-group-easymatch-companies/COMPANIES THAT DONATE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 4 Volunteer Grants One of the other most common ways companies donate to nonprofits is through volunteer grant programs. These are corporate giving programs where companies give grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer regularly. They can be a great source of incremental fundraising for nonprofits such as Big Brother / Big Sister organizations, Girl Scout or Boy Scout Councils, or any other group with a large number of volunteers. Here are a couple of companies that donate to nonprofits through employee volunteer grant programs: Microsoft Microsoft is well known within the corporate giving world for having some of the most generous employee grant programs. In fact, over the years Microsoft has donated more than $1 billion through its employee donation programs. Microsofts grant of $17 per hour exceeds the average volunteer grant of $8-$15 per hour. All employees are eligible for both the volunteer grant as well as the matching gift program. View more details on Microsofts volunteer grant and matching gift programs. or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/microsoft [click on link]. Chevron Like most major oil and gas companies, Chevron provides millions of dollars through its employee giving programs. Through Chevrons Grants for Good Volunteer Grant Program, the company provides funding to nonprofits where employees and retirees volunteer on a regular basis. There are two tiers for individuals who volunteer regularly: 20 volunteer hours = $500 grants 40 volunteer hours = $1,000 grants And dont forget about Chevrons matching gift program! http://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/volunteer-grant-basics/http://doublethedonation.com/blog/2012/10/breaking-through-the-billion-dollar-milestone-microsofts-employee-giving-programs/http://doublethedonation.com/blog/2012/10/breaking-through-the-billion-dollar-milestone-microsofts-employee-giving-programs/http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/microsofthttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/microsoftCOMPANIES THAT DONATE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 5 View more details on Chevrons volunteer grant and matching gift programs. or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/chevron-corporation [click on link]. Starbucks Not only is Starbucks well known for its conservation and environmental efforts, but it also offers multiple ways for employees to designate donations to nonprofits of their choosing. One such way is through its Partner Match Program for US and Canadian employees. Like Chevron, Starbucks has multiple tiers of volunteer grants: 25-49 volunteer hours = $250 50-74 volunteer hours = $500 75-100 volunteer hours = $750 100+ volunteer hours = $1,000 View more details on Starbucks volunteer grant and matching gift programs. or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/starbucks-corporation [click on link]. https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-volunteer-grant- companies/ [click on link]. Team Volunteer Grants Best Buy Best Buys employees are some of the most active volunteers in the country. In the 2013 fiscal year, 10,000 employees volunteered for over 100,000 hours which resulted in about $2.5 million dollars being donated to nonprofits through the companys volunteer grant programs. Groups of Best Buy employees who volunteer together can earn grants for the respective nonprofit. When groups of two or more Best Buy Mobile employees collectively provide volunteer services to a nonprofit organizations, they can earn up to $500 annually for a nonprofit. or http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/chevron-corporationhttp://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/starbucks-corporationhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/starbucks-corporationhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-volunteer-grant-companies/https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-volunteer-grant-companies/http://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/team-volunteer-grants/COMPANIES THAT DONATE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 6 When groups of five or more employees at all other Best Buy locations volunteer together, they can earn $1,000 awards for the nonprofit. View more details on Best Buys volunteer grant and matching gift programs. or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/best-buy-co-inc [click on link]. Verizon As one of the largest employers in the country, it isnt surprising that the company is one of the largest corporate contributors to nonprofits. Since 2000, Verizon has provided grants to over 54,000 nonprofits. Additionally, Verizon employees have volunteered over 6.8 million hours. One of the unique aspects of Verizons corporate giving program is its team fundraising match for employees who collectively participate in an organized fundraising event. The Team Fundraising Program is open to teams of ten or more Verizon employees who participate in cause-related walk, run, or bike events. Verizon will match up to $1,000 in funds raised per team member and up to $10,000 per team event. And all of this is on top of Verizons regular volunteer grant and matching gift programs! Learn more about Verizons employee giving programs. or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/verizon [click on link]. http://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/best-buy-co-inchttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/best-buy-co-inchttp://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/verizonhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/verizonDONATION REQUESTS 1 Donation Requests: The Top Companies Donation Requests for Nonprofits Double the Donations core business is providing employee matching gift services to nonprofits yet we also hear from countless organizations that theyre looking for information on requesting donations from companies. Heres a list of the most common donation requests as well as information on each companys donation request process and details on the companys matching gift or volunteer grant programs. 1. Macys Donation Requests: Requesting Donations from Macy's --- Macys offers three main methods in which it donates to nonprofits: (1) My Macys District Grants; (2) Employee Matching Gifts; and (3) Employee Earnings for Learning. a. My Macys District Grants: Through Macys District Grants the company supports nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to the individual local communities where Macys operates. Macys recommends that organizations only request donations if they fall within the following Macys focus areas: Arts and culture Education The environment HIV/AIDS Womens issues Its important to note that Macys District Grants program is designed to support local 501(c)(3) organizations in markets which Macys or Bloomingdales operate. Donation requests are accepted online on a year-round basis but it may take four to eight weeks to hear back from Macys. b. Macys Matching Gift Program: Through Macys matching gift program the company supports nonprofits which employees personally donate to. Each Macys employee is able to request up to $15,000 in matching donations per year. c. Macys Earnings for Learning Grant Program: Through Macys Earnings for Learnings program, Macys provides grants to nonprofits where its employees volunteer on a regular basis. The company offers $250 grants to educational institutions (K-12 included) where employees volunteer 15 hours in a calendar year. DONATION REQUESTS 2 d. Learn more about Macys District Grants donation request process or https://www.macysinc.com/community/grant-information/district-grants/default.aspx [click on link]. 2. Best Buy Donation Requests: a. As one of the leading electronics retailers in the world it should come as no surprise that Best Buy focuses its philanthropic giving on causes that promote technological literacy. In fact Best Buy is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations and programs that provide teens with opportunities to develop technology skills. b. In terms of donation requests Best Buy handles all of the donation requests through local stores. Each Best Buy store has a pool of funds allocated to providing grants to local nonprofits. To request a donation from your local store take the store donation eligibility quiz. Assuming your organization qualifies, you can then complete the application and submit it to your local store for a decision. c. In addition to each store handling requests for donations from the greater community, Best Buy also offers a team volunteer grant program. When groups of employees volunteer together the team is eligible to request grants for the local organization. d. Learn more about Best Buys donation request process or https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/ click on link]. 3. Starbucks Donation Requests: a. Theres a running joke that 99% of individuals in the US are less than 15 minutes away from a Starbucks at any time. Thus given the sheer number of Starbucks stores the company often pops up when nonprofits are looking to request donations. Unfortunately at this time Starbucks is focused on funding communities through grants from The Starbucks Foundation and does not accept requests for products or in-kind donations. b. The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people ages 15 to 24 years old in the three following areas: 1. Business Savvy: Having the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation; to make good decisions and achieve results. 2. Social Conscience: Valuing the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community. 3. Collaborative Communication: Engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions and cultures; ability to leverage new and creative ways of communication. c. If your organization falls into one of the above categories then make sure youve marked November 1st December 15th down on your calendar because this is when Starbucks accepts grant requests. d. Starbucks Employee Giving Programs: Starbucks allocates a large percentage of its corporate philanthropy budget to support the nonprofits which employees donate to or volunteer with. Through Starbucks Partner Match Program the company will match up to $1,500 in donations annually per https://www.macysinc.com/community/grant-information/district-grants/default.aspxhttps://www.macysinc.com/community/grant-information/district-grants/default.aspxhttps://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/DONATION REQUESTS 3 employee and provide up to $1,000 in grants to organizations where employees volunteer on a regular basis. e. Learn more about Starbucks donation request / grant-making process or http://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2286/kw/donations%20request%20form/session/ L3RpbWUvMTQwODMzOTcyMi9zaWQvRm5BM2c3Kmw%3D [click on link]. 4. Kohls Donation Requests: a. Through the Kohls Cares program Kohls supports organizations which fall into the following categories: (1) Kids health and education nationwide; (2) Environmental initiatives nationwide; and (3) Womens health in Wisconsin, specifically the fight against breast cancer. b. The overall mission of Kohls charity programs is to ensure a future where kids are healthy, resources are plentiful, and disease that affects women and their families is eradicated. c. For nonprofits looking for donations from Kohls the primary program is Kohls Associates in Action program. Through Associates in Action Kohls provides $500 grants to nonprofits where its employees volunteer as a team. Specifically a minimum of five Kohls Associates from one Kohls location must volunteer for a minimum of three consecutive hours in one day. Requests should be initiated at least six weeks in advance. d. Learn more about Kohls employee volunteer grant program or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/kohls-corporation [click on link]. 5. Google Donation Requests: a. While Google is known as being one of the most charitable companies in California it doesnt have what most nonprofits would consider to be a traditional donation request process. Instead the company offers three different grant programs: (a) Google Grants; (b)Googles employee matching gift program; and (c) Googles volunteer grant program. b. Google Grants: Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Googles online advertising tool. Google Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in- kind AdWords advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. If you arent familiar with AdWords its the advertising platform which business typically use to promote goods and services. c. Through the Google Grants program your nonprofit can request a donation of up to $10,000 dollars in free monthly advertising. Think of how impactful this money can be when it comes to advertising fundraising or volunteer events! d. Googles Employee Matching Gift Program: Google offers a generous matching gift program where the company matches donations from employees to a wide range of organizations. This is through either the companys personal matching gift program or through the matching of fundraising efforts for events such as walk, marathons, bike rides, etc. http://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2286/kw/donations%20request%20form/session/L3RpbWUvMTQwODMzOTcyMi9zaWQvRm5BM2c3Kmw%3Dhttp://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2286/kw/donations%20request%20form/session/L3RpbWUvMTQwODMzOTcyMi9zaWQvRm5BM2c3Kmw%3Dhttp://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2286/kw/donations%20request%20form/session/L3RpbWUvMTQwODMzOTcyMi9zaWQvRm5BM2c3Kmw%3Dhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/kohls-corporationhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/kohls-corporationDONATION REQUESTS 4 e. Googles Employee Volunteer Grant Program: In addition to supporting the organizations which employees donate cash to, Google also provides grants of $10 per every hour an employee volunteers. So if you have any Googlers who volunteer with your organization make sure theyre submitting their volunteer grant requests! f. Learn more about the Google Grants donation request process or http://www.google.com/grants/ [click on link]. 6. Redbox Donation Requests: a. Redbox, which is actually a brand of the parent company Outerbox, has a donation program where the company provides vouchers (packages of 25 promo codes) for free Redbox rentals. Nonprofits should submit donation requests at least six weeks prior to when the in-kind donation is needed as requests are reviewed once per month. b. Additionally Outerbox (Redbox & Coinstar) offers a matching gift and volunteer grant program where Outerbox matches donations from employees up to $5,000 annually and provides grants of $15 per volunteer hour. c. Learn more about Redboxs donation request process or http://outerwall.livestories.com/inkind/request [click on link]. 7. CVS Caremark Donation Requests: a. Requesting Donations from CVS CaremarkCVS Caremark offers a number of philanthropic programs. For nonprofits in cities where CVS operates the company has a grant program where qualifying community-based organizations can apply for a CVS/pharmacy gift card of up to $100 that can be used for items like school supplies, personal care items, water and sunscreen. The application process can be completed online. b. Additionally through the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, CVS supports nonprofits where its employee volunteer with additional grants ranging from $500-$3,000. The grant amounts are based on individual employees volunteering between 15 and 100 hours in a year or teams of employee volunteers who get together for either a charitable event (ex. run, walk, or ride), or ongoing volunteerism throughout the year. c. Learn more about CVSs donation request process or http://www.cvshealth.com/social- responsibility/cvs-health-community-grants [click on link]. 8. Walmart / Sams Club Donation Requests: a. As the largest company in the world it should come as no surprise that Walmart (including Sams Club which is a subsidiary) also tops the list of companies which gives the most cash to charity. In fact when you combine cash and in-kind donations Walmart donates around $1 billion dollars annually to nonprofits. Theres a separate donation request process for Sams Club and Walmart. b. Walmart and Sams Club Donation Requests: Walmart accepts online applications for community grants ranging from $250-$2,500. Community grant applications are accepted through an online application process and typically reviewed at the local store level within 90 days of being http://www.google.com/grants/http://www.google.com/grants/http://outerwall.livestories.com/inkind/requesthttp://outerwall.livestories.com/inkind/requesthttp://www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility/cvs-health-community-grantshttp://www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility/cvs-health-community-grantshttp://www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility/cvs-health-community-grantsDONATION REQUESTS 5 submitted. While Walmart doesnt restrict community grants to any specific organizations those that align with the Walmart Foundations focus areas of giving are given primary consideration. Focus areas include: (a) Hunger relief and healthy eating; (b) Sustainability; (c) Womens economic empowerment; and (d) Career opportunities. c. Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) Program for Both Walmart and Sams Club Employees: Through Walmarts Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program, the company offers grants for Walmart and Sams Club employees who volunteer with nonprofit organizations. These are either $250 grants to a local nonprofit when an employee volunteers or grants ranging from $500-$5,000 when groups of employees volunteer or participate in fundraising walks / runs together. d. Learn more about Walmarts donation request process or http://foundation.walmart.com/apply- for-grants/local-giving and Sams Clubs donation request process, or http://foundation.walmart.com/apply- for-grants/sams-club-giving-program [click on link].r 9. Coke Donation Requests: a. Coke Donations --- Coca-Cola is consistently ranked as having the worlds #1 most recognized brand. As part of its commitment to ensuring the communities where the company operates are healthy and sustainable its investment priorities focus on the following global pillars: (a) Water stewardship; (b) Active healthy living; (c) Community recycling; and (d) Education. b. Cokes donation requests can be divided into the following three categories: 1. Grants or Contributions are donations for programs, operating support or community projects. 2. Community Sponsorships are civic and community activities that are underwritten to raise money for charitable causes. Events may include benefit dinners, galas, breakfasts, luncheons and other activities. 3. Product Donations c. Nonprofits looking for Grants or Contributions as well as Community Sponsorships should initiate the grant request process online here or http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=3300&x_quiz_id=5942&x_orde r_by=1 . If youre looking for product donations then requests should be submitted through Ask Coca- Cola or http://www.coca-colacompany.com/contact-us/ . [click on links]. d. Cokes Matching Gift Program: Coca-Cola offers a matching gift program for employees where the company triples donations to educational organizations, arts & cultural organizations and environmental groups. If you have donors who work for Coke then make sure theyre submitting these grant requests as the tripling of employee donations can go a long way. e. Learn more about Cokes donation request process or http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our- company/community-requests-guidelines-application [click on link] 10. 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Whats the hottest brand of electronics across the world? If you said Apple youre 100% right. Apple products may be the most in-demand items being requested for fundraising events but unfortunately Apple doesnt have a formal donation request process. b. That being said Apple did institute an extremely generous employee matching gift program where the company matches donations up to $10,000 per employee per year to nearly all 501(c)(3) organizations. So if you have any Apple employees donating to your cause make sure youre providing them with the information they need to submit a matching gift. c. Learn more about Apples matching gift program or https://doublethedonation.com/matching- gifts/apple-inc . [click on link] 11. Nike Donation Requests: a. Each year, Nike donates product to nonprofit organizations and NGOs which are focused on creating social change through sport and supporting disaster relief efforts across the world. Its important to note that Nike has a formal policy to not provide product donations to individual sports teams. b. If youre a nonprofit looking to request a product donation from Nike then youll want to fill out the companys online donation request form or http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=2883&x_quiz_id=1873&x_orde r_by=1 . [click on link]. c. In addition to having a formal process for nonprofits to request product donations from Nike the company also offers an employee matching gift program. Nike matches up to $2,500 annually for each full-time employee and $1,000 annually for part-time employees. d. Learn more about Nikes donation request process or http://about.nike.com/pages/grants-and- resources [click on link]. 12. Home Depot: a. Home Depot offers three different programs where the company supports nonprofits looking for donations from either the corporate office, local stores, or individual employees: (a) Community ; (b) Impact Grants; (c) Framing Hope Product Donation Program; and (d) Employee Matching Gift Program. b. Community Impact Grants: Through Home Depots Community Impact Grants, Home Depot provides grants of in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Community Impact Grants of up to $5,000 are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. c. Home Depots Community Impact Grants are designed to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. Thus priority for Home Depots Community Impact Grants is given to organizations or volunteer projects that fit the following criteria: 1. Projects that serve veterans and their families, whether thats repairing homes or improving facilities https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/apple-inchttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/apple-inchttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/apple-inchttp://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=2883&x_quiz_id=1873&x_order_by=1http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=2883&x_quiz_id=1873&x_order_by=1http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=2883&x_quiz_id=1873&x_order_by=1http://nikeinc.com/pages/giving-guidelineshttp://about.nike.com/pages/grants-and-resourceshttp://about.nike.com/pages/grants-and-resourcesDONATION REQUESTS 7 2. Projects that involve veterans volunteering to help other veterans in the communities where they live d. Framing Hope Product Donation Program: Home Depots handles product donation requests through its national Framing Hope Donation Program rather than at the individual store level. Through the Framing Hope program The Home Depot contributes building materials to nonprofit organizations involved in community rebuilding efforts. Its Home Depots national product donation program and is open to nonprofits located in communities with local Home Depot stores. While Home Depot makes no guarantees on specific item availability product donations may include building supplies and materials, plumbing products and assorted household and cleaning items. The available donation quantity will vary from store to store. If youre a nonprofit thats heavily involved in construction projects for your local community then this is the program for you. e. Home Depots Employee Matching Donation Program: The Home Depot Foundation offers a matching donation program for employees. Employees who donate to a nonprofit organization of their choosing can request their donation be matched by the Home Depot Foundation. The Home Depot Foundation will match donations of between $25 and $1,000 from each full-time or part-time employee to a U.S. 501c3 organization or Revenue Canada organization. While theres a $1,000 limit per employee per nonprofit, each employee can request up to a total of $3,000 per year as long as matches go to multiple nonprofits. f. Learn more about Home Depots Community Impact Grants, Framing Hope donation requests or http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-gran , or read about Home Depots matching gift program or https://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/the-home-depot .[click on link] http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-granthttps://thd.giftsinkind.org/homedepot/default.aspxhttps://thd.giftsinkind.org/homedepot/default.aspxhttp://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-granhttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/the-home-depothttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/the-home-depothttps://doublethedonation.com/matching-gifts/the-home-depot7 TIPS ON ASKING FOR DONATIONS 1 7 Tips on Asking for Donations Its Intimidating --- we get it! Fundraising by Marc Koenig When it comes to asking for donations, most of us head for the hills. We get it. Its intimidating to ask other people to part with their hard earned cash. They might ask, Why? And we might not have a great answer. At its heart, fundraising is helping others connect an existing passion directly to your cause. We dont convince donors. We help them realize that they already care. Once donors believe that your cause truly matters, giving almost becomes an afterthought. Of course theyll give! The question simply becomes how much to ask for. But until then, you wont have to sweat your fundraising ask if you follow these seven tips: 7 Tips on Asking for Donations asking-for-donations-read-minds 1. Research Your Donors to Read Their Minds The words you want them to say: Wow, its like he read my mind! How do you get to that point? You research your donor as an individual, but you also have a broad depth of general research on the kinds of people who donate to your nonprofit as a whole group. You need to be able to answer these questions if you want to get into a donors heart: 7 TIPS ON ASKING FOR DONATIONS 2 What kinds of words do they use? What do they talk about when theyre feeling passionate? What do they care about? What other causes are they a part of? Do they have a history of giving? What are their common objections, fears and concerns about giving? Thanks to the web, we have more access to information about our donors than ever, as well as the ability to survey our donors and examine how they talk about our cause. Note, however, that if you survey your donors or ask questions of a potential donor, you have to learn to read the answer behind the answer. We have to address the fears and risks every donor feels, even if the donor herself cant identify them out loud. And then, we get to connect their existing passions and desires to your NPO, using the same language they use. In other words, understand your donor base so well its like youve read their minds. Dont worry, this is easier than it sounds if you follow the next six tips asking-for-donations-practice 2. Practice, Practice, PRACTICE And Then Practice Some More The best way to dominate your donor visits, get more funds and create real, lasting connections with your nonprofit is to PRACTICE every aspect of your ask. In other words, by the time you are actually sitting in front of a prospect, you should have rehearsed the many paths the conversation could take MANY times before. Understanding your talking points, how youll graciously address common objections and the exact way youll frame your ask allows you to stop thinking about these things and just focus on talking with the donor. Practice your ask. Cant emphasize it enough. Run through how youll call them on the phone. Plan on how to structure your meeting. Decide how long youll small talk at the beginning, and how to transition smoothly into the ask itself. Leave no stone unturned! The key to this: Practice out loud. 7 TIPS ON ASKING FOR DONATIONS 3 Then, practice in front of a mirror. Then, record yourself on video practicing. Its painful, but youll learn things about your delivery and be far more confident and free when it comes to actually making the ask. Dont skip this step. asking-for-donations-surprise 3. Never, Ever Surprise Your Prospect If your potential donor is ever surprised youre asking them for money, something is deeply amiss. Make it clear in your first call or contact that youre interested in talking to them about your cause and how they might be able to get involved. Make it clear that, while youre interested in them as a person, theres a deeper purpose for your visit. That way, theyll be able to prepare their response, objections and questions. asking-for-donations-boring 4. Stop Being Boring (It Isnt Worth It) Boring feels safe. No presenter who just reads bullet points off a PowerPoint instead does it because they want their audience to eagerly contemplate running from the room. Nope, they do it because it feels safe. Reading a PowerPoint feels like an easy way to tell your audience all the info they want and be sure not to forget anything important. But instead, you fail to keep your audience engaged. The actual way to be safe is what we discussed above: PRACTICE. Then you wont need slides, and you can focus instead on not being boring. Dont be scared of sounding weird or too forward by asking things like, What do you think is the biggest challenge we face in this area? Provoke interesting reactions that are memorable, not boring, formulaic encounters. Of course, your real goal is to make your donor both catch your enthusiasm and feel understood. But to get there, you need let yourself be not-boring enough that they can have fun talking to you. 7 TIPS ON ASKING FOR DONATIONS 4 asking-for-donations-advice 5. Ask for Advice Youll Usually End Up with Money The old fundraising maxim applies here: Ask for money, youll get advice. Ask for advice, youll get money. What most people truly want is to be heard. Asking for advice means that they will freely tell you the secret thing they are most passionate about, as well as their biggest fears about giving. And most importantly, the donor will feel valued and important. Which they are! Theyre the ones whose enthusiasm makes changes happen in the world. So ask them for their input and impressions. For more tips on the advice visit, check out Gail Perrys great article on how advice visits can open any door in town. asking-for-donations-silence 6. Your Secret Weapon is Pointed Silence Our culture HATES silence. We want to fill it. This is one reason why extroverted salespeople and fundraisers can do worse than introverts. But often times, the most important, meaningful thing the thing your prospect REALLY wants to tell you wont be said if you quickly fill the silence. Bad Fundraiser: Whats the most important thing about the environment to you? Donor: Well, I think environmental damage is a pretty big problem. Were hurting the environment forever and we dont even realize it! Bad Fundraiser: Yeah, youre so right! Thats why our Program X is so important! Let me tell you [Donor hears: blah blah blah] NOOOOOOOOdont do this! Your funding for next year will die a thousand painful deaths. Heres how that conversation could have gone: Superman Fundraiser: Whats the most important thing about the environment to you? 7 TIPS ON ASKING FOR DONATIONS 5 Donor: Well, I think environmental damage is a pretty big problem. Were hurting the environment forever and we dont even realize it! Superman Fundraiser: How interesting! [shuts up and looks genuinely interested] Donor: [feels like he should talk because of the silence] yeah! Its really crazy. In fact, the other day I was thinking about when I was a kid and would go out and look at the stars in the country and see meteors and all kinds of awesome stuff. But now that the city is so big, and theres so much light pollution and smog, when I go out with MY kids to our cabin were lucky to see anything. Its so sad. WOW. And you were about to start making a generic appeal about one of your programs, totally at random! Now you have so much material to work with, and know exactly the RIGHT program to talk about. Your donor has practically sold themselves, all because you shut up! Youre fundraising for this guys kids happiness now, not your program! Too many advice-givers say just listen better! but fail to tell you that means shut up and allow silence, even if it feels awkward at first. Great journalists love this technique it gets them the best interviews and quotes. By the way, this works in discussions of all kinds whether youre negotiating a contract, your salary, trying to understand your significant other or asking for a donation. Use strategic silence next time you talk with anyone. Its effects feel almost magical. asking-for-donations-specific 7. Ask for a Specific Amount (Dont Make Your Donor Do Any Work) Finally, always ask for a specific amount to contribute to the cause. Why is this important? Because it takes the burden off of the donor to figure out what size of a donation is necessary. They dont know anything about your campaign goals. You do. So help them out. Dont make your donor do the work. For some great, non-confrontational phrases to ask for a specific donation amount, I recommend checking out Marc Pitmans excellent post on his favorite major donor fundraising phrases. See http://fundraisingcoach.com/ and http://fundraisingcoach.com/2012/05/08/2-phrases-to-use-when-asking-for-money/ . Here are the two phrases that are helping people the most: 1."Would you consider a gift of $X?" http://fundraisingcoach.com/http://fundraisingcoach.com/2012/05/08/2-phrases-to-use-when-asking-for-money/7 TIPS ON ASKING FOR DONATIONS 6 Asking is challenging enough. A question like "would you consider a gift of ?" accomplishes two things. First, it takes the pressure off the asker. People visibly relax when they hear that this is a good fundraising phrase. This feels like something they can naturally say. Second, this phrase encourages askers to use a specific dollar amount. "Will you support our cause?" is a vapid cop-out for truly asking for money. One person's idea of "support" may be $250 when you'd rated her as a $25,000 prospect. Do the donor prospect the courtesy of plainly telling them what number you're thinking about. A non-confrontational question like "Would you consider a gift of $25,000?" accomplishes just that. 2."Honestly, I have NO idea how much to ask you for, but is a gift of $ something you'd be able to consider?" Honesty is quite disarming. And despite our best research, peer reviews, and calculated guessing, there are times we really don't know how much to ask someone for. So let them know! This is especially powerful for volunteers who've been coached by excellent counsel to ask at a higher level then they feel comfortable asking at. FINAL THOUGHT We get it. Asking for money is intimidating. But its also an immense privilege. Youre inviting other people to take action on a cause that they genuinely care about. Youre selling significance. And at the end of the day, most people dont mind feeling like theyre making an outsized impact on the world. Youve just got to ASK them! TABLE OF CONTENTS4.0 SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION (SAEF) 501c(3).5.0 GRANTS.6.0 FUND RAISING.8.0 APPENDICES.Spirit of AmericaThis form is to be used for making tax deductible donations to the National Sojourners, Inc. Spirit of America Education Foundation (a 501c3 foundation). All donors will receive a letter acknowledging the date and amount of their donation. Make checks...This form does not serve as a receipt for this contribution, but is intended for our internal record keeping purposes only. A receipt describing the items or merchandise donated will be mailed to the address supplied below. The Spirit of America Educ...Matching Employee DonationsBank of AmericaGoogleGECommunity GrantsVolunteer GrantsMicrosoftChevronStarbucksTeam Volunteer Grants Best BuyVerizonDonation Requests: The Top Companies7 Tips on Asking for Donations Its Intimidating --- we get it!7 Tips on Asking for Donations1. Research Your Donors to Read Their Mindsasking-for-donations-silence1 ."Would you consider a gift of $X?"2 ."Honestly, I have NO idea how much to ask you for, but is a gift of $ something you'd be able to consider?"FINAL THOUGHTNATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. 8301 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22308 21 June 2014 National Regulation 11.1 Subject: Teaching Young Americans about America References: National By-Laws 8.2.1 National Regulation 8.2.1 1. PURPOSE: This National Circular is intended to provide guidelines and procedures for planning and providing scholarships for Teaching Young Americans about America through the Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) program is the program of greatest future import to our Nation. 2. BACKGROUND: a. General: All Chapters are encouraged to support programs that develop true patriotism and Americanism throughout the nation, in general, and the YLC program, in particular. The YLC is a one or multi-day conference of high school age youth designed to inspire better understanding of the American spirit by focusing on such topics as civil rights and civic responsibilities, citizenship, public policy, entrepreneurship, self-development and leadership, salient aspects of American history, Americanism, patriotism, the free enterprise system, the U.S. Constitution etc. All YLC curriculums are approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In general there are two types of YLC: (1) regional YLCs co-sponsored by the National Sojourners, Inc. (NSI) and Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) and (2) the annual Spirit of America YLC at Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge (FFVF). b. Student Qualification and Preferences: Students selected for YLC scholarships should be outstanding young Americans who exhibit strong leadership traits along with a strong interest in our nation and service toward mankind and have demonstrated exceptional levels of scholastic achievement. Typical sources of students include family members, neighbors and friends, local high school students, JROTC cadets, Boy and Girl Scouts and Masonic youth. Members of Masonic youth groups should be given preference for available scholarships. So that the students selected will be available after their return home to share their learning experience with their peers and sponsoring organization, selected students must be either rising sophomores or juniors. 3. PROCEDURES: a. Planning a Chapters Participation. The time to begin a chapters planning to award one or more YLC scholarships is NOW! It is suggested that planning begin no later than September annually to insure success in sending one or more students to a YLC the following spring or summer. Sojourner Chapters should follow the five simple steps below to insure success: (1) STEP 1: First, make a chapter commitment to participate in the program and send one or more youth to a YLC, This KEY step. The chapter must first establish a goal to participate and do it early enough to allow time to work the details (2) STEP 2: Second, appoint a chapter chair or committee to make it happen. The chapter chairman or committee will be responsible to the chapter President or Americanism Committee Chairman to follow through on the commitment, raise the funds, identify the students and make the requisite arrangements. The goal is to inform the National Americanism Chairman by the Mid-Winter Meeting of plans to send students to Regional YLCs and/or the FFVF YLC. See paragraphs 3.c and 3.d for additional planning information for the Regional YLC and FFVF YLC, respectively. (3) STEP 3: Third, raise the funds. Raising the requisite funds can be done easily with an early start.. See paragraph 4, FUNDING. (4) STEP 4: Fourth, identify and select the students. Chapters have used many approaches to identify worthy students and extend to them a YLC scholarship opportunity. Some award scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis to student candidates selected from the family or friends of Masons. Masonic youth, local high school students recommended by Principals or Guidance Counselors, JROTC students recommended by their instructors, Boy and Girl Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout or Gold Award , respectively etc. are good candidates. Others have used the annual National Sojourner Essay Contest to competitively select candidates. Regardless of the selection method used, many of Americas youth are worthy of our consideration. (5) STEP 5: Finally, reap Masters Wages. Join with your chapter members in celebrating the successful accomplishment of that part of our purposes focused on developing true Patriotism and Americanism throughout the Nation by having reached out to one or more young Americans and providing them an opportunity to attend a regional YLC or Americas premier school for citizenship education, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. It is strongly suggested that the chapter invite all students who have completed the YLC Program to a chapter meeting to give a report on their experiences. b. Quotas. Quotas may be in effect for certain YLCs and shall be managed in accordance with the following procedures: (1) Regional YLCs. For regional YLCs, the Area and Regional Representatives shall serve as the Americanism Coordinators for their areas and regions. The Area and Regional Representatives will work with the chapter Americanism Committees to establish procedures for selecting individuals and will determine the number of individuals each chapter may sponsor. (2) FFVF YLC. The Chairman of the National Americanism Committee will coordinate quotas applicable to participation in the FFVF YLC with the Area and Regional Representatives as may be required. c. Regional YLCs Planning Information. For joint NSI/MOWW regional YLCs, locate the regional YLC of interest on the MOWW website (www.militaryorder.net/2006%20PEC.htm) and contact the listed Course Director. d. FFVF YLC Planning Information. For the FFVF Spirit of America Youth Conference visit the Members Dashboard on the SOJOURNERS ONLY area of the NSI website (www.nationalsojourners.org) and click on the Americanism tab. e. Chaperones and Counselors Assistants. Chaperones and Counselor Assistants for YLCs are always needed. Ask your Regional Course director or the National Americanism Chairman for the FFVF YLC if your chapter can assist by providing a Chaperone(s) or Counselors Assistant(s). The goal is a chaperone/student ratio of 1:8. f. Youth Protection Training and Certification. Consult the National Americanism Chairman for mandatory Youth Protection training and certification prerequisites for National Sojourners and other adult volunteers who may serve as Chaperones, Counselor Assistants, or drivers as part of the chapters support for any YLC program. g. Additional Assistance. If you require additional assistance in planning and providing YLC scholarships, please contact the Chairman of the National Americanism Committee. 4. FUNDING. a. General: Scholarships will generally cover costs for room, board, materials and transportation. In many cases, chapters also include a small stipend for incidentals. b. Raising Funds. Typical fund raising alternatives have included one or more of the following: (1) calling on the chapter membership for a $25 donation to the chapters youth education fund; (2) seeking Blue Lodge support for full or partial scholarships for local Masonic youth; (3) approaching local civic groups and corporations for support, etc. Some chapters have also been successful in obtaining matching grants of up to $1000 from local Wal-Mart Stores. Consult the following website (http://walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/8916.aspx) for details and note that Wal-Mart requires that such gifts be processed through a 501(c) (3) such as Spirit of America Education Foundation (SOAEF). Donors who desire to provide scholarships or partial scholarships as a tax-deductible gift should refer to the Spirit of America Education Foundation Fund below. c. Spirit of Youth Education Foundation IRC 501(c) (3) approval pending at the IRS (1) FFVF YLC Partial Funding. The National Sojourners may provide funds annually from the Spirit of America Education Foundation to partially subsidize scholarships for youth to attend the Freedoms Foundation YLC. When funds are made available, the National Americanism Chairman will distribute funds on a pro-rata basis to all chapters sponsoring scholarships for that year or use the funds to reduce the amount of tuition for an individual scholarship. Initial chapter planning should be based on funding the entire tuition amount. (2) Use for Tax Deductible Donations. The Spirit of America Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) fund and may be used by individuals as a means to provide a tax deductible donation to support either joint NSI/MOWW regional YLCs or the FFVF YLC. Note that the tax deductible contribution may be designated to support ANY YLC on behalf of a specified chapter or the contribution may be undesignated, in which case the funds will be used at the discretion of the National Americanism Chairman. See the contribution form (Enclosure 1). d. Regional Youth Leadership Conference Funding. Chapters providing scholarships for attendance at must provide the total amount of the funds required. 5. PARTICIPATION: The YLC program represents a wonderful opportunity for Teaching Young Americans about America, but it will remain only an opportunity unless each National Sojourner chapter participates and brings it to life. Chapters are encouraged to support the National Americanism Committee in Proudly Serving the Cause of Patriotism by annually sponsoring one or more young Americans to improve their leadership skills and learn more about this great experiment in democracy that each of us has pledged to preserve, protect and defend. NOW is the time 6. CANCELLATION: This Circular will be canceled on 5 June 2015 unless continued by the next National President. ATTEST: WILLIAM R. SANNER MERLEN F. HOWE National Secretary National President Enclosure 1: Spirit of America Education Foundation Tax Deductible Contribution Form. Enclosure 1 SPIRIT OF AMERICA EDUCATION FOUNDATION YOUTH PROGRAMS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION FORM This form is to be used to make a tax-deductible contribution to SOAEF which will be used to support and fund scholarships for participants in National Sojourners, Inc. youth leadership programs in Americanism and Patriotism. This will include the Freedoms Foundation and MOWW Youth Leadership Programs sponsored by National Sojourners, Inc. Name of Donor: ________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip Code: ____________________________________________________________ Telephone#: _______________________ Email: ______________________________________ Primary Chapter Membership (if applicable): _________________________________________ Chapter to receive credit (if applicable): _____________________________________________ Additional Comments: ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Instructions: Make check payable to Spirit of America Education Foundation. Mail check and form to Spirit of America Education Foundation, 8301 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308-1399. Revised 22 June 2012 NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. 8301 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22301-1399 21 June 2014 National Regulation 11.2 Subject: Youth Protection 1. General. National Sojourners, Inc. places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for the youth that we serve through our Americanism programs. To maintain such an environment, National Sojourners has adopted policies developed by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for the training and certification of members of our order and other adult volunteers (who will come into contact with youth as part of our programs) in the essentials of youth protection. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse. 2. Youth Protection Policy. a. Effective immediately, all Sojourner members and adult volunteers assisting our order must be certified as defined in this administrative order before being authorized to accompany or work with youth as part of any National Sojourners, Inc. or National Sojourners Chapter sponsored or supported youth program in general or Youth Leadership Conference, in particular. b. Any suspected case of sexual misconduct shall be immediately reported to the event Director in attendance and the National Sojourners JAG via the National Secretary (Phone Number: 703-765-5000). This includes sexual misconduct of any type including but not limited to Visual, Verbal, Written, Touching, Power and Threats. c. One-on-one contact between adults and youth is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, the meetings shall be conducted in view of others. d. When an activity is co-educational, adults of both sexes must be present. e. Male and female youth are required to always have separate restrooms, bathing and sleeping accommodations. f. Adults shall respect the privacy of youth in situations such as changing clothes or taking showers; intruding only to the extent required for their health and safety. Adults shall also protect their own privacy in these situations. g. Proper attire is to be worn by adults for all youth activities. h. Because of the wide differences in maturity of youth, adults must maintain an awareness of any social relationships between youth. They must be especially alert for relationships that involve younger, immature youth with older, more mature youth. These relationships may be for inappropriate reasons. i. All youth activities should be conducted under the leadership of qualified, experienced event Directors. j. Proper equipment and safety procedures are required for all youth event activities. k. Initiations and hazing are prohibited and may not be included in any youth activity. l. The roles of all adults in the youth programs require that clear boundaries be established between adults and youth. For this reason, fraternization the formation of peer-based social relationships between adults and youth is not permitted. m. Discipline used should be constructive. The use of corporal punishment in any form spanking, slapping, hitting, belt lines, etc. is prohibited. However, if a youth participant behaves in a manner that interferes with the productivity of the program or event, the youth involved may be suspended from the program or event. n. Adults shall monitor the application of all disciplinary actions to ensure that they are fair, constructive, and in the best interests of all youth who are participating in the event. o. The Chapter President and Secretary are jointly charged with the responsibility to insure adherence to this policy. 3. Procedures. All Sojourner members and adult volunteers assisting National Sojourners, Inc. must be certified. a. Certification requires completion of the following actions: (1) ACTION 1 - Read this Administration Order. (2) ACTION 2 Log onto the BSA Online Learning Center, complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (Venturing Version), and print out a Certificate of Training using the enclosed Training Instructions (Enclosure 1). (3) ACTION 3 - Complete and sign the enclosed Youth Protection Form (Enclosure 2). The original form shall be mailed to the National Secretary for file, and a copy shall be retained by the individuals Chapter for a minimum of five years. b. Certification will remain valid for 2 years from the date on the Certificate of Training. 4. National Sojourners, Inc. cannot and will not be accountable to or liable for any violations of this Administrative Order. This order will expire on 5 June 2015 ATTEST: WILLIAM R. SANNER MERLEN F. HOWE National Secretary National President Enclosure 1: Online Training Instructions Enclosure 2: Youth Protection Form. NATIONAL SOJOURNERS, INC. Instructions for BSA Online Learning Center Youth Protection Training - Venturing Version Print a copy of these instructions for reference and then begin your YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING as outlined in the STEP by STEP procedure below 1. CLICK on the following link: https://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning/YPTEXEntryPage.aspx?CompanyGUID=CD BE1D09335204640979F392A25B7A80 2. ENTER your registration information. a. Information in RED is required. b. Member ID - enter your last name followed by -SOJ (i.e., SMITH-SOJ). 3. Click SUBMIT to complete your registration. Note that a Youth Protection Training-Venturing Version window opens as shown below. 4. Click TAKE COURSE. A language selection window opens as shown below: 5. Click ENGLISH. 6. COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE by following the prompts while taking the course: WHEN YOU SEE THINK Venturing Advisor National Sojourner and/or adult volunteer chaperone and provider of transportation to and from a YLC or youth activity Crew Members or Venturers YLC Students Local or Council Scout Executive National Secretary BSA National Sojourners, Inc. 7. After completing the course you the screen below will be displayed: 8. CLICK Take Online Course Test and complete the 25 question exam by following the prompts. If you make a mistake you will be prompted to get to the correct answer. 9. Upon satisfactorily completing the exam, the screen below will appear: 10. Type you first and last name and insert NSI CHAP zzz (where zzz is your Chapter Number) as the Crew Number. 11. CLICK Print Certificate --- it is recommended that you the print to file since you have only one opportunity to PRINT a certificate (using this approach you may print additional copies as may be required) --- otherwise simply PRINT to your printer (and if you need additional copies you may scan the certificate). An example certificate is show below: 12. After you PRINT your certificate, the screen below will appear: 11. CLOSE all open windows. Congratulations you have successfully completed the BSA Youth Protection (Venturing Version) training! 12. PRINT a copy of the YOUTH PROTECTION FORM (PAGE 8) and following the instruction on the form. Your certification is valid for two years from the date of training. 8 Youth Protection Form I certify that I have completed the ACTIONS listed below; understand the Youth Protection policies and procedures established by the National Sojourners, Inc., as set forth in Administrative Order 3-14 and the BSA Youth Protection Training (Venturing Version) e-training course; and that I will faithfully adhere to and implement said policies and procedures in all of my actions involving the supervision and chaperoning of youth involved in National Sojourners programs and events. ACTION 1 - Read Administration Order 3-14. ACTION 2 - Complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (Venturing Version) e-training course and attach a copy of your Certificate of Training to this form. ACTION 3 Complete. Sign and submit these Youth Protection Forms to National Headquarters and to the President or Secretary of the cognizant National Sojourners, Inc. Chapter. Signed Printed Full Name Address Phone Chapter Number Date REMINDER Attach a copy of your BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate to this form. This form will be retained for at least five years. National SojournersSpirit of America Youth LeadershipEndorsed by:NCSSEDUCATEHONORCHALLENGEJULY 6 - 9, 2017National Council for the Social StudiesPreparing Students for College, Career and Civic LifeWhy a Spirit of AmericaYouth Leadership Program?Through experiential learning and ciritical thinking exercises, Freedoms Foundation inspires the next generation to take up the responsibilities of citizenship and develop their character and leadership.Todays youthtomorrows leadersmust become the responsible citizens the United States needs, and this responsibility begins with a deep understanding of the principles on which the American system of government was founded.610.933.8825, ext. 234P.O. Box 671601 Valley Forge Road Valley Forge, PA 19481www.freedomsfoundation.org The key to the success of America is an informed and active citizenry. - Thomas JeffersonAbout Freedoms FoundationFreedoms Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Valley Forge, PA. Its mission is to educate about American rights and responsibilities, honor acts of civic virtue and challenge all to reject apathy and get involved. It has volunteer chapters all over the United States that support this mission through local programs and fund raising efforts. Each year, nearly 3,000 students and educators, from across the country, visit our beautiful 75-acre campus to learn about America and our democratic system of government. Since its educational mission began, Freedoms Foundation has impacted to more than 5 million students with our citizenship programs.For more information about Freedoms Foundationwww.freedomsfoundation.orgNational Sojourners-2017-01National SojournersMissionNational Sojourners Inc. is a fraternal organization composed of Masons who are serving or have served honorably as members of the uniformed service of the United States or have been elected to Honorary membership. Their youth outreach mission it to Teach Young Americans about America!Schedule of EventsThursday: RegistrationDinner & WelcomeOrientation & IntroductionsIcebreakersFriday: BreakfastLiving History Presentation Freedom Summit LectureLunch Freedom Summit DebateSmall Group Meetings DinnerFree Enterprise workshopSwap MeetSaturday: BreakfastLeadership WorkshopsLunchTour Valley ForgeBanquetKeynote AddressSigners CeremonySunday: BreakfastTour of Colonial PhiladelphiaDepart for HomeScholarship InformationNational Sojourners Chapters will competitively select and award interested students, who meet local chapter requirements, a full scholarships (tuition and transportation) to the conference.Program CostsCost $460 includes meals, room, and program.ApplicantAddressCityState/ZipTelephoneE-mailMale FemaleGrade level for 2016-2017 school year: 10 11Name of SchoolAddressCityState/ZipReturn application to your local Chapter: Chapter NameNumber: Chapter POC TelephoneE-mailAddressCityState/ZipAttention Sponsor - To register your student download all forms from www.nationalsojourners.org Americanism Program Tab, complete & mail with payment to Freedoms Foundation no later than June 22, 2017.About the Spirit of AmericaYouth Leadership ConferenceThe Spirit of America Youth Leadership conference is a four-day residential program for high school students interested in cultivating a better understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship through thought-provoking, engaging activities. Led by an experienced faculty and staff, participants explore the democracy in which we live, their leadership skills and engage in the issues of contemporary American life. Activities includeMock Congressional Debate Participants discuss a current events-based Constitutional problem.Free Enterprise Challenge Encourages students to explore the world of entrepreneurship and free markets.Leadership Workshops Introduces participants to different styles of leadership and character traits demonstrated by the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.Visits to Valley Forge and Historic Philadelphia Students see history come alive in the birth place of our nation.FREEDOMS FOUNDATIONScholarship ApplicationJuly 6 - 9, 2017Applicant: Address: City: StateZip: Telephone: Email: Name of School: Address_2: City_2: StateZip_2: Chapter Name: Number Chapter POC: Telephone_2: Email_2: Address_3: City_3: StateZip_3: female: 10: male: 11:

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