P u r p o s e
To promote World Fellowship between clubs and members and with YMCAs throughout the World by providing grants for travel in the interest of the Y's Men Movement.
To pay part or all of travel and related costs
of selected delegates attending International Conventions. Conferences and Inter-regional visitations
Brotherhood Fund Awards
a) Dick Nichols Award (International award to the Region with the greatest increase in contributions over the last year.)
b) Director's Award (International award given to the Region with the largest average total contribution per club.)
c) Ernie Bell Award (International award given to the ten clubs with the highest cash contribution from the sale of stamps.)
d) Top Ten Award (International award given to the ten clubs with the highest contribution.)
e) ALF Reynolds Award (International award given to the clubs reaching minimum amount of contribution per member. There are five award levels - $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, $50.00 & $100.00.)
f) Al Jacques Award (International award given to clubs reaching a minimum total of $2,500.00 per year.)
g) Al Jongewaard Award (U.S. Area award to the Region with the greatest increase in contributions over the last year.)
REFUND TO REGIONS
Regions may apply for refunds; up. to an- amount of 50% of the Region's contribution in excess of the average of previous three(3) years' contribution or previous years contribution, whichever is higher.
BROTHERHOOD FUND FACTS
PURPOSE OF THE FUND; The purpose of the Brotherhood Fund is to-defray or diminish the factor of greatest handicap to enjoyment of inter-regional fellowship that of distance and the cost of over-coming it travel.
The U.S. Area also save and sell canceled stamps. This is a computation between areas for the Alf Reynolds award. Which is a traveling cup. The U.S. Area philatelist is Marv Staal. I have three different buyers, so I can handle nearly all stamps. The small 1 cent through about 25 cent are hard to sell at the present time. Most new [large] stamps are selling for 70 cents per 100. these are in 100 piece bundles. All foreign stamps are 50 cent per 100 at the present time. Last year I sold approx 800,000 stamps. Trying to get more this year. Stamps need to be clean, no tears, no heavy cancels, all corners on them. I also am able to sell stamp collections. These are sold on your price approval. I will send you the estimate price I can get, before they are sold. Also if you want the monies to go to the Brotherhood fund or to the individual seller.
At the 1931 International Convention in Cleveland, a profit of $800 was realized. This money was turned over to the international Secretary-Treasurer "for such purpose as he, personally deemed proper for the advancement of the cause of International." With this money, the Bishops Fund was started. These funds were used to bring Y's Men to our international Conventions, so they might become educated as to the workings of the organization as a whole,
The name was derived from similar funds available to Bishops of certain religious denominations to use as they deemed proper. Our Y's Men are indeed Bishops since they carry the word of Y'sdom around the world.
In 1933, the Quincy, Massachusetts club started the first project of selling stamps for the Fund. At first stamps were sold by the pound, but now we realize more profit by selling them in lots of 100 of each variety. In the beginning the annual income was only $50 or $100 per year and only a few delegates had the pleasure of attending our conventions. In 1946, several Regions raised cash to bring specific Ys Men to the International Convention and to visit with clubs. Originally these funds were disbursed by the Regions, but by 1950 they were turned over to International
It was through this Regional action that the Fund started to grow.
In 1950 steps were taken to increase the contributions by means of Regional Promoters, now known as Service Directors. At that time a system of point values was devised and a contest started to determine which clubs contributed the most. In 1952 265 clubs sent stamps and $6,504 was raised. In 1960, 40 overseas delegates attended the Minneapolis Convention and each carried a flag in the opening ceremony.
In 1969 the name was changed to the Brotherhood Fund. The Fund has grown to $185,000 in 1998. Full grants are for specific trips to other countries; partial grants are to assist delegates to attend International Conventions. Over 900 clubs participate, and about 85% of the contributions are cash. Y'sdom works in over 65 nations and the delegates are selected upon application. The number of delegates depends upon the amount of funds raised in the previous year.
If we are to grow, our efforts for the Brotherhood Fund must grow. Your Regional, Area, or International Brotherhood Fund Service Director can provide you with the information you need to participate.
To those who participate...THANK YOU. To those who do not participate PLEASE DO.
BROTHERHOOD FUND ... WHERE DO THESE FUNDS GO?THE BROTHERHOOD FUND gives support to International Officers' travels and to the Areas for use within the Area for such purposes as stated in the general purpose of the Brotherhood Fund - club visitations, leadership training, etc. The money is used as deemed proper by the Area leadership, according to a budget which is formulated by the Chairman of the Brotherhood Fund Expenditures Committee and approved by the International Council.