The Jeremiah Milbank Society is the national recognition society for individuals who give an unrestricted gift of $10,000 or more to a local Club through an annual campaign such as It Just Takes One. Jeremiah Milbank (1887-1972) was a man of remarkable accomplishments as a businessman, financier, and philanthropist. A lifelong believer in voluntarism, Jeremiah Milbank helped President Herbert Hoover develop the Boys & Girls Club national organization that provides support services for Clubs serving disadvantaged youth. He served as treasurer of the national organization for more than 25 years. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Milbank gave the fortune to help those in need yet he never sought monuments or memorials. He believed that wealth not used to help others was wealth wasted. The Jeremiah Milbank Society Member Benefits include prominent recognition at the Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown's Annual Banquet as well as an invitation to join other top Boys & Girls Club donors at a prestigious event during the annual National Conference hosted by one of the national organizations distinguished leaders, alumni, or benefactors. We appreciate your most generous support.
Jeremiah Milbank was a remarkable person and lifelong volunteer who gave generously to his firm belief in the Boys & Girls Club programs. It is through his legacy that Boys & Girls Clubs of America has created The Jeremiah Milbank Society as a way to pay tribute to local Club donors on a national level.
The society was created to inspire and recognize higher level unrestricted giving from individuals within local Clubs. Each member of the society has given a minimum of $10,000 to their local Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Through their leadership and generosity, Jeremiah Milbank Society members have helped to assure that every child who attends Boys & Girls of Gatesville is provided with hope and opportunity, through a safe place to learn and grow, and have adult mentors who positively impact their life.
The Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville are honored to have Jeremiah Milbank Society members, who support the work that goes on at our Clubs. We thank them so much or their belief in what we do and their dedication to serving the youth in their community.
The benefits for joining the Jeremiah Milbank Society includes recognition throughout Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville materials and national recognition within the Jeremiah Milbank Society catalogue. Members also receive a plaque, letter and pin for their annual support.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Annual Membership Guidelines
- Annual membership is for individuals who make unrestricted cash investments of $10,000 or more to the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville.
- Investments are to be paid in one year, i.e. multi-year pledge payments totaling $10,000 are not eligible. However, payments during the year that total $10,000 or more are eligible.
- Investors can be recognized as individuals or as couples. For example, John Smith or Mr. and Mrs. John Smith can be recognized for membership as the result of one gift of $10,000.
What Qualifies My Investment?
- Individual investments that are matched by the investors employer that together equal $10,000 or more qualify the individual for membership. For example, if Joan Smith invests $5,000 in the Club and her employer matches her gift by also giving $5,000, then Joan Smith is eligible for membership.
- An investment from a privately controlled company where the investor own/control the investment will qualify the investor as an individual for membership. The company is not recognized in the Society. For example, if John Smith owns XJZ Company and chooses to make his investment to the Club through the XJZ Company, then John Smith is eligible for membership.
- A investment from a family foundation where the investor controls the foundation’s philanthropy will qualify the individual investor for membership. For example, if Joan Smith is the investor and chairman of Joan Smith Family Foundation and chooses to give via the foundation, Joan Smith is eligible for membership.
- Investors who give through their “donor-designated funds” at community foundations may also be recognized in the Society.
What Investments Do Not Qualify Me For Membership?
- Double-credit investment, i.e. investments given to another 501(c)3 organization and “passed through” to the Club that qualify the investor for recognition from the other 501(c)3 organization are not eligible for recognition. For example, an individual or corporation invests $10,000 to the United Way and are recognized as a member in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society then they are not eligible for membership in The Jeremiah Milbank Society.
- Sponsorships, gifts-in-kind, or investments to endowment or capital campaigns are not eligible.
- Investments that are tied to tickets, events, special projects, and/or programs are not unrestricted and thus should not be eligible.
Benefits of Being a Jeremiah Milbank’s Society Member
- Prominent recognition of Jeremiah Milbank Membership in event programs, on our website, in our newsletter, and on our investor plaque.
- Invitation to join other top Boys & Girls Club donors at a prestigious celebration, hosted by one of our national organization’s distinguished alumni or benefactors (Members of The Jeremiah Milbank Society will be invited to the event in the spring in following year of their JMS membership).
- National recognition in the Jeremiah Milbank Society catalogue as a leader who supports children at their local Boys & Girls Club.
Become a Member
To become a member of the Jeremiah Milbank Society, contact:
Daniel Hall, Vice President of Resource Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas
254.699.5808 ext. 117, firstname.lastname@example.org