Why You Should Give to Girls
By Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.” – Juliette Gordon Low
It’s no accident that we picked October 31st, the birthday of our founder Juliette Gordon Low, for our Give to Girls campaign. She was a courageous pioneer, who in 1912, saw the potential the future held and had the vision to create an organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women. We chose this day to honor our founder and to inspire our supporters.
Juliette Low believed passionately that girls should be given the same opportunities as boys to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. She founded Girl Scouts of the USA with a fledgling idea and 18 girls, who would form the first ever troop in America. More than a century later, 59 million girls and women in this country can attest that they built their confidence and leadership skills through their experiences in Girl Scouting. Research also demonstrates that Girl Scouting has a positive impact on girls’ academic success and self-esteem and as adults, on civic engagement and even household income!
We ask for your support during our GIVE TO GIRLS campaign to ensure that Juliette Low’s vision for girls and women remains at the forefront of how we continue to develop as a society. Because of pioneers like Juliette, when women take a seat at the table, it now includes the head of the board table! Women are seeing many firsts. Just last week, Janet Yellen was named as the Head of the US Federal Reserve; the first woman ever to hold that office. One day, we will have the first US woman president and I hope that it happens in my lifetime so I can celebrate!
Girl Scouts has been an important part of this equation for equality. We help girls discover their values and inspire them to make a difference. The truth is, that mostly, the girls inspire us and watching them make the world a better place is what drives us. For all of these reasons, I ask for your support.
Your gift helps girls become what this country, and this world, needs: leaders who lead out of principle rather than pride; who are willing to step across barriers of class and race; who seek out the work that needs doing and bring boundless energy to every challenge. Those are today’s Girl Scouts.
I believe that GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING, but we need your support to keep the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and Juliette Low’s vision alive.
Here are a few things that I would like you to consider when you GIVE TO GIRLS:
- 100% of your contribution stays in the state of Nebraska to support local girls.
- You will join our “circle of friends” and partner with 100% of our board and staff members who are supporting Girl Scouts with their own financial commitment.
- You give the more than 17,500 Girl Scouts in Nebraska the opportunity to develop the confidence to be anything that they can dream about –astronaut, chef, mother, medical doctor or researcher, dancer, Girl Scout staff member, and even the first female President of the United States (It’s coming!!).
- You give girls the gift of Girl Scouting regardless of her family’s ability to pay! In Girl Scouts, girls enjoy the fun, friendship, and the power of girls together and we never turn a girl away due to lack of financial resources.
- You give girls the opportunity to participate in the “BFF” (Be a Friend First) anti-bullying program, or to create art through our artVenture program, or to have a mentor through our Young Women’s Executive “YWE” Camp program. And these are just a few of the hundreds of programs we provide to girls across Nebraska.
- You give girls the chance to participate in the Finding Your Voice: Choices and Voices program where they will explore media’s influences in their lives and develop strategies for becoming media-literate and finding their own voice.
GIVE TO GIRLS and SHOW THAT YOU ALSO BELIEVE THAT GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING!
To GIVE TO GIRLS now, please visit our secure online donation website.
For questions about our campaign, please email Jenny Cardwell, she will be happy to tell you more.
Thank you for all that you do for Girl Scouts and for your support of this important campaign. Together, we help today’s girls become tomorrow’s community leaders.
Yours in Girl Scouting,