The William Booth Society
The Army behind The Army
It takes a special type of person to give of one's self to make life better for others. William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, was this kind of person, dedicating his life to helping individuals in London who were considered outcasts of society - the homeless, the hungry, the poor and the destitute.
The Washington, DC metro area has its share of special, caring people who support the vision of the founder. Because an army can do more than individuals working independently, these social and spiritual visionaries have joined forces to form an elite group known as The William Booth Society.
Like the founder of The Salvation Army, Society members see the potential to change the world by redeeming the lives of the lost. Their combined resources empower the Army to provide life-changing programs and services in our metro area.
How to Join
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.
Individuals distinguish themselves as candidates for membership by making a monetary donation of $5,000 or more to The Salvation Army during a given year. Memberships may be renewed annually through the donor's continued demonstration of support.
William Booth Society FAQs
Why is the William Booth Society Important?
- 1) It encourages personal major giving among individuals of financial ability and commitment.
- 2) It develops a dependable source of funding for new or expanded programs and services.
- 3) It identifies new and influential leadership so important to the Army's future strength.
- 4) It recognizes leadership giving and builds commitment to The Salvation Army.
- 5) It directs funds for local programs and services in the member's own community.
How will William Booth Society Members be recognized for their support?
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.
Benefits of Membership
- A framed certificate of membership
- Recognition through a listing at the National Capital Area Command office
- Recognition in The Salvation Army Annual Report
- Invitation to the annual reception honoring William Booth Society members
Donors at higher levels may wish to direct their gift to support the costs of a particular program of their interest, either wholly or in part. The Army has programs that address a variety of needs spanning a broad spectrum of the community. Becoming personally involved with specific programs can be immensely gratifying.
What are the Criteria for Giving?
- the gift is annual
- the gift may be either remitted in full or pledged and paid in increments through the calendar year
- the gift is to support new and expanded programs and services
- the gift is from an individual, foundation, corporation or organization
If you would like to speak to someone or receive additional information about becoming a William Booth Society member, please contact Christine Lucas, Major Gifts Manager at 202.345.2362 or email here.
The Salvation Army is committed to alleviating human suffering through direct community-based programs that include feeding the homeless, providing a place where children can learn positive life skills, curbing substance abuse, looking after the elderly, and helping families in need. Daily, thousands of lives change for the better because The Salvation Army reaches out to help.
But the magnitude and the complexity of these problems increase daily. The Salvation Army will always be concerned with the immediate needs of those people who dwell on the precarious edge of poverty. However, it is vital that we also address the root cause of the forces that weaken or destroy the family and its values.
For The Salvation Army to remain strong, it will require the continued generosity of community leaders who can truly make a difference through significant financial gifts.
The William Booth Society has been formed to make certain The Salvation Army remains financially strong and ready to meet these challenges. It offers several levels of annual membership support beginning at $5,000. Individuals who give at this leadership level make a significant investment in The Salvation Army's programs in their community. Their gift is used exclusively for the needs in their hometown. Additionally, these donors become part of a nationwide circle of caring and have a very special opportunity to become a close part of The Salvation Army family.