Thursday, December 1, 2016

Why He Gives: John Cay Knows Firsthand What the Generosity of a Few Can Do to Change a Girl's Life

John Cay, chairman of Palmer & Cay, is a dedicated advocate for the restoration and preservation of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. His appreciation for the history of Girl Scouts stems from a wish for all generations to experience our founder's iconic and internationally recognized home in Savannah, Georgia. With five grandchildren participating in Girl Scouting, John is proud to support making the world a better place. 

When people think of Girl Scouts, they often think of girls and their mothers—which is why seeing a man so dedicated to the Girl Scout Movement is incredibly inspiring. Can you tell us a little about why this organization means so much to you?
Girl Scouts is not just for girls, but for all the people of the world. And the world needs a lot more of what Girl Scouts offers. I sincerely believe that there is one thing that could make our world a better place, and that is to empower women on a global scale.

You’ve contributed so much to Girl Scouts over the years. What are you proudest of?
First of all, giving to an organization that is all about giving back—and that’s what Girl Scouts is—is a sincere pleasure. When you see your dollars making an impact in a girl’s life, teaching her life skills, providing leadership training, and giving her some real adventures early on, that’s an incredible feeling.

On a tangible level, I’ve been very involved in restoring and preserving the birthplace of Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low. When the opportunity came along to restore the birthplace garden—making it accessible for people with physical disabilities and also ensuring it’s environmentally friendly—my wife and I thought it would be an ideal project. It’s a space to honor the remarkable life of this remarkable leader, but also to honor all the women who have made a great impact. We need to celebrate that history to see how far we’ve come. Five of my own grandchildren are Girl Scouts and I’m always proud to have them come experience the birthplace with me. It’s a very special place for all of us.

Why do you think this is the time for people to come together to back Girl Scouts financially?
There are all sorts of massive social changes happening across this country, and what Girl Scouts stands for is more important today than ever before. The motion to help women break through glass ceilings and preserve their history is simply the right thing to do.

Join John and give back to Girl Scouts today!