What is the Scout Donation Platform?
The is the go-to place for Scouts to crowdfund for their community service projects and for National Scout Organizations to raise funds for large-scale emergency response and relief efforts. The Scout Donation Platform is a joint collaboration between the and the .
Who can use the Scout Donation Platform?
- Individual Scouts, Scout groups and Scout Leaders can use the platform to fundraise for small-scale community service projects.
- National Scout Organizations can use the platform to raise funds for large-scale emergency response and relief efforts following disasters or humanitarian crises.
- Donors can use the platform to support and contribute to community projects and emergency response appeals.
- World Scout Foundation uses the Scout Donation Platform for its annual giving campaign and to encourage donations to World Scouting and community projects.
What is the role of National Scout Organizations?
National Scout Organizations are responsible for reviewing, endorsing and promoting Scout-led projects that are submitted to the Scout Donation Platform. National Scout Organizations are recommended to appoint an “NSO Administrator” to act as a key focal point within each NSO to support grant management activities. This includes supporting the transfer of funds raised through the Scout Donation Platform to the relevant NSO, and reporting the outcomes of the project in World Scouting’s grant management system Fluxx.
How do Scouts submit projects through the Scout Donation Platform?
Scouts can submit projects to the Scout Donation Platform by logging into the system using their Scout.org email account to create and submit a project using the form on the platform. After a project is submitted by a Scout, it must be reviewed and endorsed by their National Scout Organization before it is published.
How do National Scout Organizations review and endorse projects?
Once a Scout submits a projects to the Scout Donation Platform, a member of WOSM’s grants management team in the specific Region will contact the relevant NSO Administrator to ask them to review the project, and suggest any recommendations for improvement.
When the project is ready, and the necessary financial and banking information has been provided by the National Scout Organization to the Regional Support Centre staff, the project can be endorsed and published on the Scout Donation Platform.
How can Scouts raise funds for their community project?
Once a project is published on the Scout Donation Platform, it is ready for fundraising. Scouts and National Scout Organizations can work together to promote the project, and ask their networks to donate to the project. Scouts can use the , tools and tutorials provided on the platform to help them effectively promote their project, and raise funds.
How can National Scout Organizations raise funds for emergency response?
National Scout Organizations can use the Scout Donation Platform for large-scale emergency response and relief efforts following a disaster or humanitarian crisis. National Scout Organizations that wish to use the platform for this purpose should contact their Regional Support Centre to coordinate the setup of an emergency fundraising campaign.
How much funds can be raised for a project?
Individual Scouts, Scout groups or Scout Leaders can raise up to 5,000 USD for their community service projects. Typically projects with smaller fundraising targets, have a higher chance of being fully funded.
For National Scout Organizations raising funds for emergency response and relief efforts, there is no limit to the amount of funds that can be raised through the Scout Donation Platform. The fundraising target will be set based on the size and scale of the emergency, and can be raised as required based on the ongoing response.
What happens to projects that do not reach their fundraising target?
A project must reach its target fundraising goal by the end of the project timeline in order to receive funding. Projects that do not reach their fundraising goal by the end of the project timeline will not be funded, and will be unpublished from the platform.
What happens when a project gets fully funded?
Congratulations! When a project meets its fundraising goal before the end of the project timeline, the NSO Administration must record the funded project in World Scouting’s grant management system Fluxx with support from the Regional Support Centre staff. The Regional Support Centre staff process the payment using the banking details provided by the NSO Administrator, who confirms the funding is received.
Are there any fees associated with the Scout Donation Platform?
The Scout Donation Platform is free for Scouts and National Scout Organizations to use. 100% of the donations raised through the platform will go directly to Scouts to support community projects. Donors do have the option of adding 2.5% to their donate to support , the platform powering the Scout Donation Platform.
How do projects get reported?
The NSO Administrator will work with the Scout to produce and submit a project report in World Scouting’s grant management system Fluxx, including photos, videos and testimonials of the project’s impact. This step must be completed one month after the project closes, and helps to build the project management and leadership skills among young people.
The project reports are used to provide donors and supporters with updates about the key achievements and challenges of the project, and to create stories of community impact that can be shared on World Scouting’s communications channels to inspire other Scouts and National Scout Organizations to use the platform.
How can my National Scout Organization request support?
To request and receive support on how to use the Scout Donation Platform, National Scout Organization leadership can contact their Regional Support Centre for more information. Staff members can help National Scout Organizations with the review, endorsement and reporting of projects. They can also provide training and support to use World Scouting’s grant management system Fluxx. Finally, Regional Support Centre staff can help with the selection and training of NSO Administrators.