Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs of United States

Boys Club logo created by Saul Bass from a national contest held in 1978.

Designed by a 16-year-old part time employee B. Wood of the Boys Club of Westminster

14400 Chestnut st. Westminster Ca 92683
Motto "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Formation 1861
Type Youth organization
Legal status Non-profit organization
Purpose "Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Region served
United States
Flatbush Boys Club, now Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Brooklyn
Boys Club of New York, Lower East Side
Boys & Girls Club, Jersey City
Pictured is the front of the building in Parkersburg, WV in which the Boys & Girls Club resides.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. The organization, which holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code, has its headquarters in Atlanta, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, New York City and Los Angeles.[1] BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.[2]

The Club's former president, Roxanne Spillett, received a base salary in 2011 of $455,829 with an additional $116,000 bonus and $1.2 million in deferred compensation and retirement.[3]


The first Boys' Club was founded in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1906, 53 independent Boys' Clubs came together in Boston to form a national organization, the Federated Boys' Clubs. In 1931, the organization renamed itself Boys' Clubs of America, and in 1990, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As of 2010, there are over 4,000 autonomous local clubs, which are affiliates of the national organization. In total these clubs serve over four million boys and girls. Clubs can be found in all fifty states as well as locations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and US military bases. In total, Boys & Girls Clubs of America employ about 50,000 staff members.[4]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Boys & Girls Clubs of America number one among youth organizations for the 13th consecutive year, and number 12 among all nonprofit organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the official charity of Major League Baseball.[5] Denzel Washington, a former club member, has been the spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993.

Reach and size

As of 2012, Boys & Girls Clubs of America served some 4 million youth through club membership and community outreach. There are 4,074 chartered Club facilities, including approximately: 1,400 in schools; 400 BGCA-affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations; 300 in public housing and 200 on Native American lands.

Ages & Gender Ethnicity
  • 5% are 5 years old and under
  • 46% are 6–10 years old
  • 20% are 11–12 years old
  • 19% are 13–15 years old
  • 10% are 16 and older
  • 55% are male
  • 45% are female
  • Caucasian – 31%
  • African-American – 29%
  • Hispanic/Latino – 23%
  • Multi-racial – 5%
  • Asian-American – 3%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native – 3%


Boys Clubs of America, 1956

These people came together in 1956 to create the Boys Clubs of America:[6]

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 1990

In 1990, Boys Clubs of America was succeeded by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which was founded by the following people:

Notable members

Some notable members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America[8]

See also


  1. "Mad._Sq_AR_FINAL_reference.pdf" (PDF). Boys & Girls Clubs- Madison Square. 17 Mar 2014. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014.
  2. "Home - Madison Square Boys & Girls Club" (PDF). Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. 17 Mar 2014. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014.
  3. Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report, 59, American Institute of Philanthropy, "Charity Watch", Dec 2011
  4. Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Club Leadership University. "COREv2: History of the Boys & Girls Club."
  5. "MLB Community: Programs: Boys and Girls Clubs of America". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. 19 Jun 2012. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014.
  6. "Title 36 -- Patriotic Societies and Observances". US Congress via 11 May 1994. Retrieved 19 Apr 2014.
  7. John L. Burns, 87, Former Head of Boys Club, The New York Times, retrieved September 1, 2015
  8. Great Futures Start Here. (n.d.). Retrieved June 3, 2013, from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  9. Boys and Girls Club, Alumni Hall of Fame from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2015-03-17.

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