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Started in 2015, the DSC Chapter System is strong and steadily growing. In line with the mission of DSC and the DSC Foundation, the overall goal of the chapters is to provide funding for conservation, education, and advocacy projects. Unique to the chapters, though, is the fact they generally take a more local approach and can make an impact where it matters most to them, their backyards.
Annually, chapters contribute 25 percent of the net of their largest fundraiser to DSC and the DSC Foundation. Of this, 20 percent is used for real, boots-on-the-ground conservation projects of the chapter’s choosing. Meaning, our chapters keep or direct 95 percent of the money that they raise to projects of their choosing. Our chapters retain more money than other similar organizations and know exactly where their money goes…because they choose the projects!
The remaining 75 percent is kept by the chapter to do with as they choose. To date, some of these projects include:
- introducing new hunters to our way of life
- upgrading game warden equipment
- water guzzler projects
- funding 4-H and collegiate shooting sports
- research projects both here and abroad
- teaching and funding hunters-ed courses
- supporting veterans’ hunts/initiatives
- supporting professional guide and outfitters organizations
- and funding hunter’s advocacy organizations such as Conservation Force.
In addition, the DSC Chapter System has a full-time staff member dedicated to the health and success of each individual chapter. Through the Chapter Management and Development Coordinator, Mr. Carson Keys, the chapters have a direct link to DSC and the DSC Foundation. In addition to attending and supporting each individual banquet, he is there to give counsel, provide membership lists, host chapter trainings and retreats, offer fresh ideas, and develop new chapters. Our chapter partners are truly part of the DSC Family, and as such, have a direct line to DSC and DSC Foundation leadership, should it be needed.
The culture of the DSC Chapter System is one of support, teamwork, camaraderie, and fun, and you owe it to yourself to check it out. To find out more about the DSC Chapter System, please give Carson a call at 469-986-9135 or email him at email@example.com.