Chapter and Individual Challenges

What is the SCI Foundation Chapter Challenge? 

This challenge is a special VOLUNTARY request to chapters and others to make a $10,000 pledge to the SCI Foundation “First for Wildlife Endowment.”  The pledge may be paid out over 4 or 5-years.

This is an opportunity to support SCI Foundation in a simple way.  Your $2,000 contribution over 5-years will help build the long-term sustainability of the organization.  Plus, you or your chapter will be part of the new endowment recognition program through our Society of the Lion and Shield giving levels.  Your annual giving will enable you to move up each “Animal” level as your giving grows and receive associated stewardship benefit gifts and special recognition.

This request to chapters is above and beyond the 30% that is already given to SCI or SCI Foundation.  This giving option is also different than other gifts—such as operational support for AWLS or another program.

In addition to chapters, Individuals may want to make the pledge as part of their personal philanthropy.  Or perhaps give through a business-related donation. Additionally, all ranges of gifts are welcome, but our focal range for this challenge is $10,000.  In fact, our long-term goal is to acquire 1000 donors at $10,000 or more.


Why this and why now?

The SCI Foundation Board of Directors wants to see the First for Wildlife Endowment promoted and encourage its growth.  Everyone who is interested can contribution toward this fund either as part of this challenge or via a planned gift.  Our phase-one campaign will be to secure $10 million over the next five years, and $50 million in the next 10 years. These funds will enable SCI Foundation to become more self-sufficient and greatly reduce our reliance on SCI grant support, while taking our mission and vision to a whole new level.

It’s our hope that this special challenge will greatly assist this effort.  We’ve set a very ambitious goal to secure one thousand donors, at the $10,000 or greater level over time. We won’t get there without your help.


Why participate?  What are the benefits?

ALL chapters who participate will receive a special stewardship gift and will be recognized as follows:

  • First for Wildlife Banner and Plaque for the chapter to proudly display at all Chapter functions.
  • Donor wall listing at convention
  • Recognition of Chapter participation in SCI publications
  • Each Chapter at $10,000 or above will be recognized during Chapter Awards night at the SCI Annual Convention
  • Chapters will be listed in the SCI Foundation Annual Report.
  • Chapters will be listed as a donor on the SCI Foundation Web Site
  • Chapters will be acknowledged as part of the newly updated Society of the Lion and Shield at their giving level.