Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Bgcalogo.svg
Boys Club logo designed by Saul Bass in 1978
Motto"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Formation1861
TypeYouth organization
Legal statusNon-profit organization
Purpose/focus"Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Region servedUnited States
Websitebgca.org
 
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Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Bgcalogo.svg
Boys Club logo designed by Saul Bass in 1978
Motto"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Formation1861
TypeYouth organization
Legal statusNon-profit organization
Purpose/focus"Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Region servedUnited States
Websitebgca.org
Flatbush Boys Club, now Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Brooklyn
Boys Club of New York, Lower East Side
Boys & Girls Club, Jersey City
Pictured is the front of the building in Parkersburg, WV in which the Boys & Girls Club resides.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. The organization, which holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code, has its headquarters in Atlanta, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, New York City and Los Angeles.[1] BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.[2]

The Club's former president, Roxanne Spillett, received a base salary in 2011 of $455,829 with an additional $116,000 bonus and $1.2 million in deferred compensation and retirement making her one of the highest paid executives for a charitable organization in the United States.[3]

History[edit]

The first Boys' Club was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1906, 53 independent Boys' Clubs came together in Boston to form a national organization, the Federated Boys' Clubs. In 1931, the organization renamed itself Boys' Clubs of America, and in 1990, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As of 2010, there are over 4,000 autonomous local clubs, which are affiliates of the national organization. In total these clubs serve over four million boys and girls. Clubs can be found in all fifty states as well as locations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and US Military Bases. In total, Boys & Girls Clubs of America employ about 50,000 staff members.[4]

Statistics: Member percentages as of 2010:[5]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Boys & Girls Clubs of America number one among youth organizations for the 13th consecutive year, and number 12 among all nonprofit organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the official charity of Major League Baseball.[6] Denzel Washington, a former club member, has been the spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993.

Founders[edit]

These people came together in 1956 to create the "Boys Clubs of America":[7]

Their successors in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America:

Notable Members[edit]

Some notable members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America[8]

Figures[edit]

Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves some 4 million youth through club membership and community outreach.

3,954 chartered clubs facilities, which include:

Age demographics of youth served:

Ethnicity of youth served:

Benefits[edit]

Tracy Lawrence Benefit Concert[edit]

Country music star, Tracy Lawrence, performed May 31[when?] at the Charleston Clay Center, in West Virginia's capital city. All proceeds from the ticket sales are to be given to the Club in Charleston and in Parkersburg. The Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards winner, has had his albums gone platinum, 18 number-one singles and has sold 13 million albums. He gave all of his time volunteering for this event, and he paid for local, Huntington native, Rick Huckaby, to join the concert as the first act. [9] Several Club Members had the opportunity to meet the star before his performance.

Steak & Burger Dinner[edit]

Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation hold annual Steak & Burger Dinners in order to raise funds for their organizations locally. Most will do so by inviting state university athletes to raise awareness and funds for the event. Contributors will pay for their meals of hamburgers, while Club members will have steak for dinner. Many Clubs have been putting on this benefit dinner for seventeen years. In Parkersburg, WV the Club raises around $35,000 annually which makes up about 10% of the annual budget/income for the organization. Usually, around a dozen football players from WVU will attend the event and various prizes will be donated to be raffled off that night.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.madisonsquare.org/site/DocServer/Mad._Sq_AR_FINAL_reference.pdf?docID=1681
  2. ^ BCGA Connections brochure
  3. ^ Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report 59, American Institute of Philanthropy, "Charity Watch", Dec 2011 
  4. ^ Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Club Leadership University. "COREv2: History of the Boys & Girls Club."
  5. ^ Facts and Figures. Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://www.bgca.org/whoweare/Pages/FactsFigures.aspx
  6. ^ Major League Baseball - Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  7. ^ http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/juris/j0110_63.sgml
  8. ^ Great Futures Start Here. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://www.bgca.org/newsevents/Pages/GFSH_PSA.aspx
  9. ^ Tower, Wayne. "Tracy Lawrence concert to aid Boys and Girls Clubs." Parkersburg News & Sentinel May 21, 2013. Retrieved, June 3, 2013, from http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/574283/Tracy-Lawrence-concert-to-aid-Boys-and-Girls-Clubs.html?nav=5066
  10. ^ Poe, Dave. "WVU players set for Steak and Burger Dinner." Parkersburg News & Sentinel January 30, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/570208/WVU-players-set-for-Steak-and-Burger-Dinner.html?nav=5063

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