The Girls Scouts of America just turned down a $100K donation from an undisclosed donor who asked that it not be used to help transgender girls. As you may recall, the Girl Scouts announced that their organization would officially allow transgender girls to be members. This donor sent the $100K donation to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington with this condition: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”
Council CEO Megan Ferland sent the donation back. “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” she told Seattle Met. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” High five, Megan! Unfortunately, that much money is really needed to help out the girls. “$100,000 is a lot of money. In fact, it’s almost a third of our entire financial assistance program for this year—and girls need this support now. That’s why losing the gift is such a big deal.”
To fix this, she started an Indigogo campaign to make up the difference. The statement reads, “Our vision at Girl Scouts of Western Washington is that EVERY girl in our region — regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location — is empowered to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world. Your donation to our #ForEVERYGirl Campaign will go to our financial assistance program and be awarded directly to girls who qualify for the federal free-and-reduced-price meal program at their schools and whose families request help to cover the costs of participating in Girl Scouts”
Check out the video below. I’m pretty proud to be a former girl scout today.