This gift will help significantly advance the organization's mission to provide life-changing experiences, mentorship, and programming.
October 18, 2022 —Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced an $84.5 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The donation, awarded to GSUSA and 29 councils, will accelerate GSUSA’s initiatives that give girls the tools to become the next generation of powerful women leaders. While Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast is not a direct grant recipient of the $84.5 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, every gift to Girl Scouts is a win for girls. We applaud Ms. Scott for supporting girls during a time when it’s critical to invest in their futures, and we hope that continuing this conversation inspires more donations in our own local communities.
This investment is the largest donation from a single individual in the organization’s history and will build upon GSUSA’s vision to support all Girl Scouts as they pursue their dreams and turn compassion into action in their communities.
“We are so appreciative of MacKenzie Scott’s gift to Girl Scouts. This is a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to help girls cultivate the skills and connections needed to lead in their own communities and globally,” said Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sofia Chang. “The support from all our donors, including this generous donation from Ms. Scott, is critical in delivering on our work of reimagination and transformation. We’re excited to prove how Ms. Scott’s investment in girls will change the world—because when one girl succeeds, we all succeed.”
Today’s challenges are complex, interconnected, and more than ever, global. Solving them will demand collaborative leadership and innovative perspectives. Girls represent the world’s greatest untapped talent pool and investing in them will produce the greatest return in economic development, social progress, and public health, improving not only individual lives but the fabric of society overall. However, prior to Ms. Scott’s generous giving, less than two percent (2%) of annual giving benefitted girl and women-focused organizations. Her donation will build upon GSUSA’s commitment to champion all Girl Scouts as they take action and create long-term impact. With 111 councils nationwide, GSUSA has a presence in every zip code. Each new investment enables Girl Scouts to become a unifier at the broadest level, harnessing the leadership skills of generations to come and ensuring a future that is inclusive, empathetic, united, and equitable.
Girl Scouting prepares girls to lead with courage, confidence, and character, who become the next generation of influential leaders, and we are proud to serve the thousands of girls and families here in southeastern Wisconsin. Locally, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast delivers the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls through programs including our Community Outreach and Latina initiatives, the iconic Girl Scout Cookie program, entrepreneurship and life skills activities, Girl Scout summer camp experiences, and so much more. We’re calling on our generous southeastern Wisconsin community to continue their investment in girls through their support of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. The generosity of this community will expand access to critical programs and support for the girls and families in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties. Donors, like Ms. Scott and our amazing supporters in southeastern Wisconsin who prioritize the investment in girls, help break the accessibility barriers of technology, geography, and socio-economic status that stand in the way of girls and membership. To learn more and donate locally, please visit www.gswise.org/give.