Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Celebrate Girl Scouts’ Birthday with a Planned Gift

Guest blogpost by Dianne Belk, Founding Chair, Juliette Gordon Low Society

  Today is Girl Scouts’ 107th birthday! In 1912, at a time when women in the United States couldn’t yet vote, one courageous woman took a risk and sparked a worldwide movement inspiring girls to embrace their individuality, strength, and intellect.

Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was a visionary. She envisioned an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character. She also knew that she needed to invest in future generations of girls. Accordingly, she honored her vision and commitment to the Girl Scout Movement in her will by gifting her carriage house (Girl Scouts’ first national headquarters) to her “beloved Girl Scouts.” That gift was our first-ever planned gift.

Girl Scout Day is truly a time to celebrate. Show off your Girl Scout pride and honor our worldwide sisterhood and all that it has given you, your community, and girls across the globe by joining the Juliette Gordon Low Society. No matter how large or small your planned gift is or whether it’s for your local council or Girl Scouts of the USA, we welcome you as a member!

To commemorate Girl Scouts’ anniversary, I challenge you to make a planned gift. Doing so is quick and easy—and even free if you make Girl Scouts the partial beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. When you do so, you join over 4,000 members of your Girl Scout family who have done the same and joined the Juliette Gordon Low Society.

Leaving a planned gift to Girl Scouts is a special way to support girls and a meaningful way to affirm your belief in Girl Scouting. After 107 years, Girl Scouts is unique in its longevity and ability to keep up with modern girls and maintain relevancy. To continue to make the world a better place, the Girl Scout Movement must have the resources to develop new programming, take care of outdoor education facilities, keep Girl Scouting affordable and accessible for all girls, and provide a high-quality experience for girls. Income from planned gifts ensures that Girl Scouts can thrive for the next 107 years!

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, current member, or dedicated volunteer—or you simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life—you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. Your support makes it possible for future generations of girls to reap the many benefits of Girl Scouting, just as Juliette’s first planned gift still does today.

Learn more about the Juliette Gordon Low Society.