Every girl deserves an empowering leadership experience like Girl Scouts and local sponsors can help councils make that vision a reality. Community organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals may be sponsors and may provide group meeting places, volunteer their time, offer in-kind donations, provide activity materials, or loan equipment. Encourage your girls to celebrate a sponsor’s contribution to the troop by sending thank-you cards, inviting the sponsor to a meeting or ceremony, or working together on a Take Action project.
For information on working with a sponsor, consult your council; they can give you guidance on the availability of sponsors, recruiting guidelines, and any council policies or practices that must be followed. Your council may already have relationships with certain organizations, or may know of some reasons not to collaborate with certain organizations.
Girls cannot ask for donations of money. However, girls and adults may seek in-kind donations of products to support a troop or subordinate unit activity, Award Project or service project. Examples of inkind donations include, but are not limited to paint, flowers for corsages and craft supplies.
If a donor requests a gift receipt, and the product donation is valued at $250 or more, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Attn: Fund Development, 2300 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146:
- A comprehensive itemized list of products or services secured
- Full contact information of the donors
- Full contact information of troop
Monetary Donations/Volunteer Hour Match Program
All monetary donations must be turned into Council with the troop number and donor’s contact information. Once the gift is processed, Council will confirm the troop has not exceeded the $250 cap and forward the donation to the designated troop.
For example, a troop that has received a total of $300 in monetary donations during one Girl Scout year would keep $250 and send Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri the difference equaling $50.
All monetary donations exceeding the $250 cap, must be accompanied by the donor form, located on girlscoutsem.org and sent to the Council. Remember, girl members may not engage in any direct solicitation for money.
Girl Scout volunteers may apply for their company’s volunteer hour match program to receive monetary donations for their troops. Many employers recognize the hours employees spend volunteering for Girl Scouts with cash contributions.
Volunteers may check with their employer’s human resources office or visit girlscoutsem.org/match to see if their company offers a volunteer hour match program. Volunteers who apply for a match must list the designated troop on the employer’s form and email the Council at email@example.com to confirm the match. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing once council has received the match gift.
Important guidelines when approaching money earning with other organizations
When collaborating with any other organization, keep these additional guidelines in mind:
Avoid fundraising for other organizations: Girl Scouts are not allowed to solicit money on behalf of another organization when identifying ourselves as Girl Scouts (such as wearing a uniform, a sash or vest, official pins, and so on). This includes participating in a walkathon or telethon while in uniform. However, you and your group can support another organization through take-action projects. Girl Scouts as individuals are able to participate in whatever events they choose, as long as they’re not wearing anything that officially identifies them as “Girl Scouts.”
Steer clear of political fundraisers: When in an official Girl Scout capacity or in any way identifying yourselves as Girl Scouts, your group may not participate (directly or indirectly) in any political campaign or work on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. Letter-writing campaigns are not allowed, nor is participating in a political rally, circulating a petition, or carrying a political banner.
Be respectful when collaborating with religious organizations: Girl Scout groups must respect the opinions and practices of religious partners, but no girl should be required to take part in any religious observance or practice of the sponsoring group.
Avoid selling or endorsing commercial products: “Commercial products” is any product sold at a retail location. Since 1939, girls and volunteers have not been allowed to endorse, provide a testimonial for, or sell such products.