The Girl Scouts of America relies on donations to keep their organization afloat - so why did the Girl Scouts of Western Washington just turn down $100,000? It may seem like a large donation to decline, but there's one very important reason why this chapter of the Girl Scouts said "no, thanks" to this gift. This gift came with one catch that the organization just couldn't get behind, and declining the offer shows just how committed they are to making sure every girl gets a chance to be a scout.
Girl Scouts ruled that it would be allowing transgender girls into its organization in May of 2015, but apparently not everyone was thrilled with their inclusiveness. The donor who gave the Girl Scouts of Western Washington $100,000 stipulated that it could not be used for these transgender girls - so the organization decided to say bye bye to this so-called act of "generosity." According to council CEO Megan Ferland, "Girl Scouts is for every girl," and taking the money would be ignoring a population that deserves to be scouts if they want to.
Frankly I think it's pretty awful for a donor to try to decide who deserves funding and who does not. The donor clearly knew that Girl Scouts had recently included transgender girls into the organization, and decided to use the allure of a large donation in order to spread bigoted ideas about what kind of person deserves support. Luckily, the Girl Scouts can't be bought. The money may have been able to help many girls, but what's the point if some girls are left out of the donation entirely?
The Girl Scouts of Western Washington won't be looking to this donor in the future, but they are hoping to make up the financial loss with an Indiegogo campaign. The donated money will help girls who qualify for the federal free-and-reduced-price meal program at their schools and whose families request help to cover the costs of participating in Girl Scout receive the help they need.
Girl Scouts is for every girl, and hopefully people who understand this will step up and donate from a real place of giving.