Paul J. Ostling has a long history of supporting charitable and not-for-profit organizations. From his community church to his alma mater to the expanding of the Boy Scouts of America around the world, he continues to support organizations that are close to his heart.
Marble Collegiate Church
Ostling and his wife are benefactors to the Marble Collegiate Church where he was a longtime member, Sunday School teacher and member of the Board of Ushers and Greeters.
Fordham University / Fordham University School of Law
Ostling continues to support fundraising efforts of his alma maters and he currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of Fordham University School of Law. In 1990, he established a scholarship that awards aid to worthy students who would otherwise be unable to afford law school tuition.
New York Institutions
In 1991, Ostling joined the board of the New York Better Business Bureau and served on its Finance Committee until 1998. He joined the Board of the New York Wildlife Conservation Society in 1992 which oversees, among other iconic establishments, the Bronx and Central Park Zoos. Ostling served on the Finance Committee until relocating to London 1998.
Boy Scouts of America
In 1998, Ostling became an adult leader volunteer at Troop 184 of the Mayflower District of the TransAtlantic Council, Boy Scouts of America in Cobham, England where he served as Cub Master, Assistant Scout Master, and Eagle Advisor until returning to the U.S. in 2007.
Ostling joined the Executive Board of TransAtlantic Council in 2004 which provides American Boy Scouting to the families of U.S. troops who are stationed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His tenure with the organization included Chairman of the Finance Committee, a member of the Executive Committee and ultimately the President of the Council from 2015 until 2019. He currently serves on the Executive Committee.
In 2011, Ostling made a significant endowment to the TransAtlantic Council. He also became an Assistant Scout Master of Troop 70 of the Connecticut Yankee Council in New Canaan, Connecticut in 2008 and helped lead Troop 70 Crew on the Philmont Expedition in 2010. He served as an Executive Board member of the Connecticut Yankee Council from 2011 until becoming President of TransAtlantic Council.
In 2001, Ostling joined the Board of the Business Council of International Understanding (founded by Dwight Eisenhower in 1955) — an organization dedicated to free enterprise, integrity and global corporate diplomacy. He joined the Executive Committee in 2004, and became Chairman in 2006, a position he held until 2010. He remained on the Executive Committee until 2015 and is still active on the Board.
Ostling joined the World Board of Governors of the United Services Organization (the ‘USO’) in 2004 — an organization known for its dedication to supporting U.S. troops and their families through many programs (i.e. Bob Hope’s entertainment of troops in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam). Ostling served as Chairman of the Audit Committee until 2008 (when his activities with the BCIU and the Boy Scouts of America dominated his schedule as did his work abroad).
Ostling joined the Independent Directors Association (IDA) of Russia in 2007. He served on the IDA’s Board of Directors from 2012 until 2019. In 2012, he was voted Russia’s Independent Director of the year, and every year since 2011, he has been voted as one of Russia’s top Independent Directors
Following his recovery from prostate cancer in 2007, the Paul J. Ostling foundation contributed a grant to further the research conducted by of one of the doctors on his team. Dr. Darius Paduch is a noted authority in studies and publications related to men's reproductive health.
New Canaan Congregational Church
Ostling and his family have been active congregants at their local church since 2007.