BSA Forms National Development Office

The Boy Scouts of America announces the formation of its first development office at its Irving headquarters. The National Development Office will expand fundraising efforts by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with corporate, foundation, alumni, and individual prospects and donors. Prior to the launch of the National Development Office, the BSA’s primary source of national funding was local council service fees.

“For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has provided a strong foundation for young people in this country,” said Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca. “We recognized that leaders, businesses, and organizations have the desire to support our commitment to youth and to help maintain our legacy as an integral contributor to American leadership.”

The National Development Office team includes:

Kristy Hensel. As the national director of development for the BSA, Ms. Hensel will oversee the launch of the department and has responsibility for the direction and success of the BSA’s national development efforts. Ms. Hensel comes to the BSA with more than 25 years of successful nonprofit management and fundraising success, serving in senior development roles for such organizations as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and most recently, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Stephen Emerick. The director of corporate alliances, Mr. Emerick is responsible for the development, coordination, and management of national corporate sponsorships. He provides leadership in tapping corporate support for revenue generation, resource development, and nationwide brand awareness for the organization. Mr. Emerick comes to the BSA after serving for eight years as the national director of school outreach for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, where he was responsible for the development and oversight of the department’s ongoing fundraising and corporate partnerships. Mr. Emerick is a member of the American Marketing Association, Cause Marketing Forum, and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Robyn Johnston. As grants and foundation manager, Ms. Johnston will oversee the development and management of foundation solicitation from corporate, private, and public foundations, including family and community foundations, to help meet National Council funding needs. Before joining the BSA, Ms. Johnston held several positions in both the public and private sectors, including national marketing manager for Lennox Industries and foundation manager for Allstate Insurance–Texas Region. Ms. Johnston holds a certification from the Lobbying Institute at American University, Washington, D.C.

Bill Steele. As director of alumni relationships, Mr. Steele is leading the development of the BSA’s first alumni effort, which aims to re-establish contact with 50 million former Scouts and invite them to reconnect with Scouting. He also is national director of an existing BSA alumni group, the National Eagle Scout Association, which was founded in 1972 and has more than 170,000 members. A 29-year veteran professional Scouter, Mr. Steele is an Eagle Scout himself, a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and a fellow member of The Explorers Club.

“The BSA recognizes that a more coordinated, national fundraising effort is necessary to help our local councils compete in the global economy,” Ms. Hensel said. “Through the efforts of the Development team, we will work to ensure that this organization will continue to provide the highest quality of services and programs to young people in every community into the next 100 years.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 with more than 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

The following was a press release issued by the Boy Scouts of America.

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