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Vol.26, No. 06 Oct. 16, 2000

Columbia Community Service No Longer Supports Boy Scouts of America

Consistent with Columbia’s non-discrimination policies, the board of Columbia Community Service (CCS) has decided unanimously to remove the Boy Scouts of America, which discriminates against gay men, from its list of organizations eligible to receive funding from the University community.

CCS campaigns for and oversees the distribution of funds raised annually for community-based programs in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. These funds are contributed by Columbia-affiliated faculty and staff.

For 53 years, grants have been given to soup kitchens, job skills training organizations, children’s tutoring programs, English language instruction centers, activities for elders and other charitable organizations. Some 90 organizations located within a 35-block radius of the Morningside campus are eligible for these annual grants.

Last year, Columbia, Barnard, Teachers College and Harlem Hospital raised $217,242, the entire amount of which was disbursed in the form of grants ranging from $500 to $1,000.

Columbia’s Community Impact, which coordinates 25 community service programs and partners with more than 100 neighborhood organizations, received $20,000 last year.

Many Columbians view CCS as an important and effective way to contribute to the neighborhood and support deserving social services organizations in the surrounding area.

There are 14 members, including administrators, faculty and staff, on the CCS board of directors. This year’s campaign began on Oct. 25.