Thursday, October 5, 2017

Building a Generation of Leaders Through Planned Giving - A Message from Dianne Belk

We are pleased to bring you this blog post by Dianne Belk, Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society.

I’m writing to you from G.I.R.L. 2017—bringing together 10,000 of the brightest, toughest and most capable girls and women in the world! It is inspiring to see a sea of Girl Scout colors representing the future of our Movement and our society.

I'm thankful that Girl Scouts helped me develop the values I rely on every day. My Girl Scout experiences paved the way for me to become a successful engineer. My husband Lawrence and I are excited to direct our resources to help knock down barriers that young girls face in achieving equality in the world. I am proud to be a lifetime member and the founding chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, which honors those who have made a planned gift to Girl Scouts.

Ensuring we give tomorrow’s leaders the tools to be successful is why I am proud to sponsor the Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift to Girl Scouts. All 112 councils and Girl Scouts Overseas are eligible for this challenge, bringing a potential total of $1.2 million to the Girl Scouts Movement.

Planned gifts make such a difference in your council’s income, because it reduces the overall heavy dependence on annual giving, cookies sales, and grants. This stable income source enables us to produce more relevant and exciting programs for the girls—and bring Girl Scouts to even more girls.

I hope you will consider strengthening your bond with Girl Scouts by making a planned gift to your local council, Girl Scouts of the USA, or the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, and help unlock these challenge dollars. If you have already made a commitment, I hope you will consider letting your Girl Scout sisters and brothers know about this powerful gesture and asking them to join you in the Juliette Gordon Low Society by making their own planned gift commitment.

Not sure how to make your personal planned gift happen? No problem—your dedicated team at Girl Scouts is glad to assist. Find your local council representative or contact the team at Girl Scouts of the USA; they can help find the best option for you.

Knowing that our young girls can use some help to gain the courage and confidence they need to be the leaders of tomorrow, and knowing that the world needs more women of character, will you consider making a gift through your will or estate to the Girl Scout Movement? You can help build the leaders of tomorrow through a planned gift.