Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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Boys Club logo created by Saul Bass from a national contest held in 1978.
|Motto||"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."|
|Legal status||Non-profit organization|
|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 first Boys' Club was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut by three women, Elizabeth Hamersley and sisters Mary and Alice Goodwin. 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.
Donations and grants
In 2017, Ivanka Trump announced she would donate $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs for a program on science, technology, engineering and math. The money will come from proceeds from her book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success.
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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Boys Clubs of America, 1956
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, CEO. 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
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 1990
In 1990, Boys Clubs of America was succeeded by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which was founded by the following people:
- Gerald W. Blakeley, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts
- Roscoe Brown, Bronx, New York
- Cees Bruynes, Stamford, Connecticut
- Honorable Arnold I. Burns, New York, New York
- John L. Burns, Greenwich, Connecticut; President of the Boys' Clubs of America 1968-1981, Chairman 1981-1988
- Hays Clark, Hobe Sound, Florida
- Mrs. Albert L. Cole, Hobe Sound, Florida
- Mike Curb, Burbank, California
- Robert W. Fowler, Atlantic Beach, Florida
- Thomas G. Garth, New York, New York
- Moore Gates, Jr., Princeton, New Jersey
- Ronald J. Gidwitz, Chicago, Illinois
Some notable members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- General Wesley Clark
- Adrian Clarke
- Donnie Copeland
- Misty Copeland
- Lee Corso
- John Paul DeJoria
- John Duren
- Anthony Ervin
- Don Fisher
- Edward Furlong
- Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Natalie Gulbis
- Evander Holyfield
- Earvin "Magic" Johnson
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Dante Lauretta
- Paul "Triple H" Levesque
- Jennifer Lopez
- Mario Lopez
- Vince McMahon
- Edward James Olmos
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Sugar Ray Leonard
- Smokey Robinson
- CC Sabathia
- Adam Sandler
- Martin Sheen
- Courtney B. Vance
- Denzel Washington
- Kerry Washington
- Shaun White
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