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Funding Problems w/BSA Policies


     One of the results of BSA's highly publicized legal defense of its discriminatory exclusionary practices has been to see many regular donors stop making their annual contributions.
     As we have already seen, society's view on homosexuality, tolerance and diversity has changed. Thus, more than half of Fortune 500 companies, 248 State & Local Governments, and 335 Colleges & Universities, include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies. So, when these companies, along with private and public entities take a look at BSA's application for funds, will they compare BSA's discrimination policy with their own nondiscrimination policy? Some have already done so and many are beginning to do so.

     Since the 1990 Curran trial, there have been a large number of organizations which have publicly stated that they were stopping their current funding of local Boy Scout Councils. Among these organizations are:

     In addition to private organizations ceasing to fund BSA, there have been debates on the role of taxpayer's money (federal and state) being given to a religious organization. In the wake of the Dale decision, there is also speculation that sometime in the future, the IRS may revoke BSA's tax exempt status, if it continues to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
    The author of an article speculated on the future of revoking the tax-exempt status of the BSA in those states which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The basis for this argument is the Bob Jones case decided by the US Supreme Court. The article -  Bob Jonesing Baden-Powell: Fighting the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory practices by revoking its state-level tax-exempt status. - is available as a PDF file.
 

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