Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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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."|
|Purpose||"Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."|
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. BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.
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.
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.
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. Denzel Washington, a former club member, has been the spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993.
Reach and size
As of 2012, Boys & Girls Clubs of America served some 4 million youth through club membership and community outreach. There are 4,074 chartered Club facilities, including approximately: 1,400 in schools; 400 BGCA-affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations; 300 in public housing and 200 on Native American lands.
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These people came together in 1956 to create the Boys Clubs of America:
- Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States
- William E. Hall, U.S. Medal of Honor recipient
- Albert L. Cole, G.M. of Reader's Digest
- James A. Farley, United States Postmaster General
- Albert C. Wedemeyer U.S. Army chief of Plans and Operations
- Matthew Woll, vice president of the AFL-CIO
- Jeremiah Milbank Jr., two time Republican Party Finance Committee chairman
- Stanley Resor, secretary of the Army
- James B. Carey, president of AFL-CIO
- J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission
- Robert E. Wood, quartermaster general of the army, V.P. of Sears
- Fred C. Church Jr., insurance businessman.
- H. Bruce Palmer, president of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company
- Edgar A. Guest, TV and radio host
- Nicholas H. Noyes Indianapolis, Indiana- Oil Mogul
- George A. Scott, president, Walker-Scott Company
- E. E. Fogelson, Army colonel and cattle and oil baron
- Ernest Ingold, San Francisco, California
- Jesse Draper, Atlanta, Georgia
- Julius Epstein, Chicago, Illinois
In 1990, Boys Clubs of America was succeeded by Boys & Girls Clubs of America which was founded by the following people:
Some notable members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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- Great Futures Start Here. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://www.bgca.org/newsevents/Pages/GFSH_PSA.aspx