I write in response to the news article concerning the United Way of Snohomish County and the Mount Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which appeared on Oct. 25 (“United Way will cut funding to Boy Scouts”).
The United Way certainly has the right to determine the criteria by which it allocates the donations it receives. It further has the right to determine which organizations meet those criteria. Like any organization or inidivdual, it is also responsible for those determinations.
Accordingly, I direct the attention of supportors of the Boy Scouts to review the corporate donor list. On the list you will find virtually every major private sector Snohomish County employer.
Should you be a employee, stockholder or stakeholder of any sort in the companies providing support to the United Way, I implore you express your support for the Boy Scouts by asking that your company review its commitment to the United Way. Additionally, and where available, join the internal committee in your company where donations and community service decisions are made.
The United Way apparently feels it has the ability to affect change in the Boy Scouts by potentially restricting its donations to the Mount Baker Council. Those who support the Boy Scouts locally should do the same with regards to the UWSC.
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