Council Finances

To carry out its jurisdictional responsibility for providing and administering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio shall adhere to Girl Scouts of the USA’s policies, criteria, and standards for an effective Girl Scout council as found in the Blue Book of Basic Documents or Leaders’ Digest.  This includes  sound planning and management and responsible financial procedures and practices. Girl Scouting helps girls learn money management skills as they plan, implement, and evaluate activities. Adults working in partnership with girls are role models in all aspects of planning and management, including the development and practice of money management skills.

The council budget includes:
  • A significant subsidy of council-sponsored program activities, such as troop camping, resident camp, older girl opportunities, and high & low ropes challenge courses 
  • Financial assistance to girls for membership dues, program activities and troop resources
  • Girl Scout leader recruitment, placement and training, including increasing costs in areas such as background checks and specialized training for issues such as behavior management and conflict resolution
  • Communication resources like the council website, Volunteer Essentials,  monthly leader packets, and the cost of service unit printing and postage
  • Maintenance of council camps and regional Girl Scout centers

Annual Campaign
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio relies on the generosity of the community to provide the support and opportunities that will help girls develop the skills they need to make healthy life choices, take on challenges and make ethical decisions. It takes many strong adult partners to provide the financial resources that ensure the Girl Scout Leadership Experience will continue to impact girls now and in the future. Gifts to the Annual Campaign are unrestricted and used as needed to support Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

The Annual Campaign consists of the following partnerships:
1. Family Partnership 
2. Community Partnership
3. Corporate Partnership
4. Leadership Partnership – staff and board donations

Family Partnership
The Family Partnership Campaign ensures that all girls have access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and provides girl and adult resources and support services.

Not only does financial investments ensure our activities are discounted and membership subsidies are available, but it also provides adults with the necessary training and support they need to be great Girl Scout leaders and volunteers. 

When a donation is made to the Family Partnership Campaign, parents, volunteers, corporations and businesses are joined in helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Why should I contribute to the Family Partnership Campaign?
The estimated cost of keeping a girl in Girl Scouts for one year is between $300 and $400. Contributions are vital to provide the core services needed to support girls in achieving the council goals. 

How can Girl Scout leaders, administrative and other volunteers and parents participate in the Family Partnership Campaign?
Because the Family Partnership Campaign is run by volunteers at the service unit (community) level, service units create and carry out their own fund raising plan that best suits their needs, what the community will respond to and their own fund raising goal. Planning for each Service Unit Family Partnership Campaign can begin as early as the service unit prefers, keeping in mind local United Way requirements. Please remember, the Family Partnership Campaign is a year round campaign. 

Girl Scout Leaders and other volunteers can be an example for others to follow by:
  • Making their gift to the campaign first
  • Becoming a positive voice for their Service Unit Family Partnership Campaign
  • Ensuring all campaign information is passed on to the Girl Scout families and the community

Giving Options for the Family Partnership Campaign
There are several ways to make a financial contribution to the Family Partnership Campaign:
Donate on your Girl Scout member registration form
Donate at a Girl Scout event
Contact the development department at your regional Girl Scout center

Planned Gifts
Planned gifts include deferred gifts, bequests, life insurance, charitable trusts, pooled income funds, and charitable gift annuities. Planned gifts ensure that the values of Girl Scouting, as identified in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, are available to future generations of girls, so that they develop the skills needed to reach their full potential. In addition to extending the donor’s own values to future generations, a planned gift can offer significant tax benefits to the donor. The Juliette Gordon Low Society of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio recognizes donors who have identified themselves as planned givers. 

Memorial & Tribute Fund
Memorial Remembrances are monetary gifts in memory of a friend or relative.
Tribute Gifts honor an important event or person in your life. They are appropriate for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, the Girl Scout Gold Award, recognition of a Girl Scout leader or volunteer, holiday gift, or other special occasion. 

Please include a note to the development manager specifying the type of gift you wish to make and the name and address of the recipient or family. A thank you  acknowledgement card, that does not mention the amount of the contribution, will be sent in your name. 

Questions regarding charitable support for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio should be directed to the council’s fund development department.