Boys and Girls Club of America

The Boys and Girls Club of America, also commonly referred to as BGCA, is a national organization cultivating the seed of “responsible citizens” into young children and adolescents. The organization, a non-profit establishment is funded in part by the federal government, partnerships and private donations. The club possesses a congressional charter which can be found under Title 36 of the United States Code. The club is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices scattered throughout cities in the United States including Dallas, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.

As of 2010, with over 4,000 autonomous local clubs throughout all 50 fifty states, including the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Military Bases, 4.1 million young people between the ages of five and 18 have participated in the club’s local community outreach and membership efforts. Although initially portrayed as an exclusive club for boys, recent statistics reflect that 45% of the current members are female. Additionally, the club provides enriching employment opportunities for 50,000 professionally-trained staff personnel.

BGCA holds numerous awards and accolades, preceding its reputation for being a fiscally responsible organization. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the club as Number 15 among tax-exempted organizations, and also has recognized the club for 17th consecutive years as the Number 1 ranking in youth organizations. BGCA was ranked by “WORTH” magazine as one of America’s top 100 charities based on the club’s efficient use of financial resources and program success. Other publications recognizing the club’s remarkable fiscal ability include: Newsweek, Forbes, SmartMoney, and U.S. News and World Report.

With the recent economic woes, BGCA has been a valuable resource for continuing to provide leadership opportunities in community outreach programs to its members. Throughout nutrition programs, educational incentives, and character-building efforts, the club continues to instill strong morals among its members. BGCA also partnered with Native American tribes to provide enriching opportunities for many young at-risk children arounrlpaswop8

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