Local sponsors can help councils power innovative programs for Girl
Scouts. 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 Chief Development
Officer Tonya Schweitzer. She 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.
When collaborating with any other organization, keep these
additional guidelines in mind:
Troop may not fundraise for other organizations: Girl Scouts
are not allowed to solicit money on behalf of another organization
when identifying ourselves as Girl Scouts by 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.
Troops may not sell or endorse commercial products: A
commercial product 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.