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What is the William Booth Society?

The William Booth Society, The Salvation Army’s most prestigious donor organization, is named for the founder of The Salvation Army who began helping the destitute in London in 1865. The Salvation Army Indiana Division has established The William Booth Society (WBS) to recognize and honor donors who make an annual gift of $5,000 or more to support Army programs and services.

Why is The William Booth Society Important?

  • It encourages and recognizes major giving to The Salvation Army
  • It develops a dependable source of funding for new, existing, or expanded programs and services
  • It identifies new and influential leadership critical to the Army’s future strength
  • It recognizes leadership giving and builds commitment to The Salvation Army
  • It directs funds for local programs and services in the member’s own community
  • It secures new members willing to give time, talent, and treasure to help others

What are the priorities of The Salvation Army Indiana Division?

The Indiana Division engages donors in various areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Emergency Services
  • Pathway to Hope
  • Rehabilitation
  • Older Adult Outreach
  • Youth Development
  • Disaster Relief and Recovery

Who qualifies as a member of the William Booth Society?

The William Booth Society recognizes organizations (churches, corporations, and civic organizations), foundations, and individuals who give $5,000 or more to The Salvation Army in the Indiana Division on an annual basis from January 1 through December 31. All donors are recognized as William Booth Society supporters and may remain anonymous, if they wish.

What are the criteria to become a William Booth Society donor?

  • The gift is annual.
  • The gift may be either remitted in full or pledged and paid in increments through the year.
  • The gift is for general operating dollars supporting current, new, or expanded programs or services or endowment of same.
  • The giving is made in a calendar year. Annual donor listings reflect the names of those making gifts pledges totaling $5,000 or more and have been fulfilled over the prior twelve-month period.
  • Gifts can take the form of cash, check, credit card, stock, or any gift that results in a cash amount of $5,000 in one calendar year.

How does the William Booth Society recognize WBS supporters?

WBS_SteelWhen you give to The Salvation Army at the WBS level, you encourage others to do the same. The need to support programs are ongoing each year and it is for this reason we also recognize you for renewing your giving in a significant way each calendar year. As a William Booth Society donor, you will receive personalized communications, special updates on programs and services, and obtain access to opportunities reserved for The William Booth Society.  Donors to The Salvation Army can be assured that their contribution is spent to meet the needs of others, not on expensive donor gifts and programs. William Booth Society recognition will be focused on keeping donors informed, valued, and cherished.

WBS_ShrineRoomThe Society will host regular opportunities to tour programs and attend Society receptions plus meet with Area Command and Corps Officers. Members of The William Booth Society are encouraged to help The Salvation Army identify and respond to the needs of the communities we serve together.

For more information on the William Booth Society, please contact Duke Haddad at 317-224-1029 or Duke_Haddad@usc.salvationarmy.org.