Family & Community Partnership

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Family & Community PartnershipThe Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana council provides leadership opportunities and outcome-based programming to more than 22,000 girls, ages 5-17, throughout our 64 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Your contribution to Family & Community Partnership will help to benefit every Girl Scout in our council by providing needed resources, programs, and support.

About the Campaign

We know you consider carefully when you make a charitable gift. Please know that you are contributing to an organization with a powerful voice for the development of young women in our community. Your personal gift of $25, $50, or the amount you can best afford, provides valuable dollars which allow us to offer more programs, create better camping facilities, and reach more girls than ever before. You witness firsthand the positive influence Girl Scouting has on the lives of girls. Not only is your family enriched, but you community is improved, as well. Girl Scouts provide hundreds of hours of community service throughout their scouting experience.

Options for Giving

Your heartfelt gift can be made in several easy ways. If paying by check, click the link below to download the donor card, and mail it in with your check to the address below.

Donor Card Download

Please make checks payable to:

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
2115 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206

You may also pay by credit card by clicking here. On this web form, you may designate a service center for your donation to benefit, or just make a general donation to the council.

Another easy way to give is to make a pledge, and we will bill you in three-month increments from the date of your gift. This enables you to give a larger gift than might be otherwise possible if you had to write just one check. A pledge can be made by using the same donor card above.

You can also become a member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society by making a planned gift to our endowment fund. Call or write to learn about these types of gift opportunities:

  • Wills
  • Charitable Trusts
  • GSUSA Pooled Income Fund
  • Property
  • Life Insurance
  • Annuities

To view the Donor Bill of Rights, click here.

Family Partnership Q & A

Often times, friends of Girl Scouting have questions about the Family & Community Partnership Campaign, and how it relates to them, and their involvement with the Girl Scout Organization. We have tried to answer some of these frequently asked questions below. As always, if you have more unanswered questions, you may contact, Aretta Terry, Western Kentucky Fund Development Manager.

Q: I/we paid $12 for my/our daughter to join Girl Scouting. Where does this money go?

A: The $12 you paid when your daughter registered covers national membership dues. The entire $12 goes to Girl Scouts of the USA, which provides activity insurance, program, and management support to the council.

Q: I/we buy Girl Scout Cookies. Isn’t this enough?

A: Thank you for supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Program. As you may know, by participating in the cookie program, girls learn important skills for success in other areas of life. Part of the proceeds from the cookie program go to cover the cookies themselves, some go to the troop, some go to the girls for their incentives, and some go to the council to cover part, but not all, of the costs to provide Girl Scouting in our council. In fact, after cookie sales, we still have over 1.68 million dollars left to raise to keep our organization running.

Girls sell cookies, and some of the proceeds do come to the council to help cover the costs of programs and services. However, raising the additional funds that are needed to pay for Girl Scouting should not be the responsibility of girls. Rather, it’s ours as adults. Contributing to the Girl Scout council through annual giving shows the community that you support Girl Scouts without getting a product. Please consider giving a donation directly to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana annual giving campaign.

Q: My/our daughter pays troop dues. Why should I/we give money to the Girl Scout council?

A: The troop decides what the dues will be, and the funds pay only for the girls’ troop activities, not the council services. Please consider giving a donation to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana annual giving campaign to cover the costs of these services.

Q: My/our daughter paid $5 to participate in a council event. Doesn’t that help pay for these services?

A: No. The $5 your daughter paid covers some of the direct costs of that individual event – costs like food, activity supplies, and non-Girl Scout-owned site rental fees. It did not cover the other expenses of running the event. Please consider giving a donation to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana annual giving campaign to cover these indirect expenses.

Q: I give to the United Way. Isn’t the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana council affiliated with United Way?

A: Thank you for giving to the United Way. While we appreciate this source of funding, in recent years our allocations have amounted to less than 1% of our total council budget. A contribution to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is a direct contribution to the programs and services that mean so much to you and your daughter. Please consider making a donation to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s Family and Community Partnership.

Q: Don’t corporations and foundations give money?

A: Yes, they do and we appreciate this support from the community. Our largest groups of donors are the family and friends of Girl Scouting – we need your support. When you support the Girl Scout council, corporations and foundations are more likely to support our council. They take notice of the percentage of our membership families and friends that donate to the council.

Benefit Facts

The following paragraphs list some facts about where the money goes when Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana receives monetary gifts, grants, and other funding.

Expenses

2011 Annual Report
Click to view the 2011 Annual Report

Volunteer Training

Fact:  Girl Scouting is volunteer-driven, with the majority of program activities delivered to the girls by volunteers.

Fact:  Volunteer training (in topics such as child development, first aid, and conflict resolution) ensures that volunteers are qualified and prepared to deliver a safe, exciting Program and serve as appropriate role models.

Fact:  Most trainings are free and all are heavily subsidized. Volunteers pay only for the cost of supplies.

Background Checks

Fact:  Every adult with a role in Girl Scouting undergoes a criminal background check. Parents can be assured that the council is diligent in ensuring that the Girl Scout adults working with their children are appropriate for the job.

Girl Program

Fact: When girls pay event and program fees, they pay only for direct costs such as program supplies and site fees.

Fact: Our council absorbs indirect costs of program delivery (postage, printing, and staff time).

Fact: Patch programs and other resources are often photocopied and mailed at no cost to volunteers.

The Resource Center

Fact: Our council maintains resource centers with books, videos, and activity kits in each of its five volunteer service centers.

Fact: Our council absorbs the entire cost of staffing these centers and for purchasing and maintaining all materials.

Council Publications

Fact: Our council publications (website, GSK News, local service center bulletins, etc.) are essential for keeping girls and volunteers aware of events, trainings, and new program opportunities.

Fact: The Family & Community Partnership Campaign pays for, in part, these publications to be created for our members.

Financial Assistance (Scouterships)

Fact: Financial assistance is available to every girl whose parent or leader communicates to us that there is a need and whose request falls within certain guidelines.

Fact: Financial assistance is also available to adult volunteers.

Fact: Financial assistance isn’t just for outreach programs – it’s for every girl whose family experiences difficulty in affording a particular activity, so that every girl can participate fully in Girl Scouts.

Volunteer Recruitment

Fact: A shortage of qualified volunteers willing (or able) to commit their time to Girl Scouting is the single greatest barrier to bringing the Girl Scout Program to more girls.

Fact: Successful volunteer recruitment efforts are critical to making the program a success, and to keeping our current volunteers excited and motivated to continue with the Program.

Council Website

Fact: The website provides current information about events, trainings, new opportunities, and the Girl Scout Program to girls, parents, and volunteers – and potential new members.

Fact: This website is updated frequently and maintained at no cost to current potential members.

Volunteer Service Centers

Fact:  Our council operates five volunteer service centers, one each in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Bowling Green, and Paducah, to provide space for volunteers and staff and to establish a presence in the community.

Fact:  Volunteers use these centers to browse the resource centers, obtain program resources, and meet with council staff to ensure smooth operation of the Program.

Fact:  Our council relies on funds from the F&CP Campaign to maintain buildings, keep lights turned on, keep the centers staffed, maintain equipment that volunteers use, and keep these buildings open to the community.

Camp Maintenance

Fact: Last year, our council’s outdoor program facilities served more than 14,000 girls and adults.

Fact: The cost of equipment and maintenance is not included in the camp fees. Our council subsidizes every girl’s camp experience by at least 50 percent!

Fact: A gift to the F&CP Campaign doesn’t supply funds just for girls from low-income families, but it also defrays the cost for subsidizing campers who pay the full camp fee.

Girl Awards

Fact: Honoring the hard work and dedication required to earn the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards, each service center provides annual recognition events.

Fact: Our council provides handouts, resource sheets, and pins for the girls.

Additional Mailings and Resources for Volunteers

Fact: Our council pays for printing and mailing of program resources for volunteers (resource packets to service unit chairs, Safety-Wise, Leader Information Book, and more).

Outreach, Girl Power and the Hispanic Outreach Program

Fact: Our council is a pioneer in reaching out to girls who need Girl Scouting but face barriers to full participation, including girls in housing authorities, after-school programs, and rural areas; girls with disabilities; girls from low-income families; girls whose mothers who are incarcerated; and daughters of immigrants.

Fact: These valuable programs also benefit volunteers throughout our council who request resources and guidance in welcoming girls from different backgrounds into their troops – especially when activities need to be sensitive to troop members with disabilities or when leaders need to communicate with parents who don’t speak English.

Please call Aretta Terry at 502-636-0900 ext. 17111 or 1-888-771-5170 for more information on the Family & Community Partnership Campaign.

NOTE: The Family & Community Partnership campaign is truly the lifeblood of our organization. The support that we receive from donors like you helps us to continue provide more opportunities for volunteers and girls. This year, when you receive your donor request letter in the mail—please think twice before tossing it aside. By choosing to support Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, you are helping 20,000 girls to discover their own values, knowledge and skills; connect with others; and take action to help themselves and their communities. One girl can make a difference—girls together can change the world!

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