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Boy Scouts of America (National Office)

CharityWatch report issued
February 2020

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

Boy Scouts of America (National Office)
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving , TX 75038

Other Names

Learning for Life
National Boy Scouts of America Foundation

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To promote through community organizations, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

*Why a Question Mark Rating?

CharityWatch currently has concerns about this organization and/or is unable to provide complete rating information due to the organization's nondisclosure of financial information. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Boy Scouts of America (National Office)
meets governance benchmarks.
Boy Scouts of America (National Office)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 John Green Group Director, Outdoor Adventures $1,124,525
  Note: Includes $619,179 retirement and other deferred compensation.
2 Michael B. Surbaugh Past President/Chief Scout Executive $1,005,255
3 Mark Logemann Assistant Chief Scout Executive/National Director, Support Services $611,434
Name: John Green
Title: Group Director, Outdoor Adventures
Compensation: $1,124,525
Note: Includes $619,179 retirement and other deferred compensation.
Name: Michael B. Surbaugh
Title: Past President/Chief Scout Executive
Compensation: $1,005,255
Name: Mark Logemann
Title: Assistant Chief Scout Executive/National Director, Support Services
Compensation: $611,434

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch is providing a "?" rating for Boy Scouts of America (National Office) at this time due to concerns related to its 2/18/2020 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. 

Under Chapter 11, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be able to continue operating as it reorganizes its finances. Reportedly, the organization is facing hundreds of millions of dollars in child sexual abuse allegation claims. As part of the bankruptcy process, a Victims Compensation Trust will be created to "provide equitable compensation to victims," per BSA. 

As of 2/19/2020, CharityWatch has not been able to obtain a copy of the Boy Scouts of America fiscal 2018 audited consolidated financial statements. A letter dated 11/12/2019 from the BSA Controller that was included with its New York State filing stated: "Boy Scouts of America will be unable to provide 2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements as part of our annual filing. We are currently working with our auditors, PwC, to complete the 2018 audit and will provide those statements to you as soon as they become available." After CharityWatch is able to review the BSA fiscal 2018 audited consolidated financial statements, we will reassess our rating of the organization. 

For more information related to the BSA bankruptcy filing, please see the news links under Related External Articles in the Articles & Alerts section, below. 

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