| Family Fundraising
The Girl Scouts of Minnesota
and Wisconsin River Valleys is a nonprofit organization with a mission
to develop girls of courage, confidence, and character. Without
financial support there would be less money with which to serve the
girls or train the volunteers.
Once a year, we ask families to invest in their girl’s future
in the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys by making a
financial donation to support programs that prepare girls for lives as
active, engaged citizens. This is a partnership - we want to provide
the best possible programming, training, experiences and opportunities
to each girl and volunteer in the River Valleys service area.
- Did you know that it costs approximately $283 a
support the programs and activities for one girl in our council?
- The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin
supports approximately 49,000 girls per year?
- The $10 membership fee does not stay here in
our area, but
goes to GSUSA.
- We are also unable to increase the membership
fee to support
our council because of GSUSA regulations.
- It is up to us to raise funds for the Girl
Scouts in our
area. Without the support of families through initiatives such as the
Family Fundraising Campaign, Girl Scouting in our communities
would be greatly diminished.
- Financial assistance covers uniform pieces,
program materials, camp outings and membership dues.
- Families only pay a portion of the actual cost
of camp and
other sponsored activities; the council subsidizes the remaining costs.
Not every family participates
in Girl Scouting in an identical way.
Families have different resources. However, most families are unaware
of the manner in which a Girl Scout Council is funded. Many families
assume that a check written out to the Girl Scout Council for
membership dues in the fall/spring provides financial support to create
and implement programming within the River Valleys jurisdiction. Registration
money goes directly to Girl Scouts of
the USA (GSUSA) for
program development and activity insurance. For the Family Fundraising
Campaign, we want each
family to participate.
Families can give in one of two ways:
1) By joining the Family Fundraising Promise Club, which allows
families to donate any amount of $10 or more on a monthly budget plan.
2) By making a direct donation in the donation envelope. Cash, checks
and credit cards (MasterCard and VISA) are accepted.
Parents/guardians are also encouraged to check with their employers for
a matching gift program. Such programs help their gift go even further.
If an employer does have a matching gift program, the parent/guardian
would need to get a form from their HR department to send in to their
local Girl Scout service center, along with their gift. All gifts will
be confidential and all envelopes will be turned in to the Council
Family Fundraising Campaign is just one of several fundraising
annually implemented by the Fund Development Department in an effort to
raise funds for the Girl Scout program. Other initiatives include gifts
to the annual fund (this includes donations from alumnae, friends from
the community, board of directors and council staff), grant proposals
to corporations and foundations, United Way, in-kind gifts and planned
giving. This work is important, because a healthy organization must
diversify its revenue sources rather than rely on girl-generated
income, like the Girl Scout Cookie Program Activity. In addition, in
order to receive funding, United Way and many other foundations,
corporations and other major donors want to know that an
organization’s membership gives to the organization.
Thank you so much for your support in developing girls of courage,
confidence, and character to make the world a better place.