Girl Scouts of Citrus Fundraising Campaigns
Financial support through the Annual Campaign will provide for the
important operations of our organization (volunteer training, support
and recognition, staff development, maintenance of properties and
camps and more) and enhance girl led special events and programs.
GIFTs for Girls Family Campaign
Every girl deserves the chance to be a Girl Scout, but not everyone
can afford it on their own. Family Giving reaches beyond your own
troop and touches the lives of girls who need a little extra support.
We know that no one believes in the power of girls more than their
families! You have the power to invest in the heart of Girl
Scouts–being a sister to every girl.
In order to build girls of courage, confidence, and character we
must build a fundamental platform of resources to provide lifelong
memories and exceptional experiences from camp to scout houses to the
Service Center. Financial support for the general property fund will
provide needed resources necessary to maintain the integrity of our
mission for our girls at our six locations.
The Juliette Low Legacy Society was established in memory of our
founder Juliette Gordon Low to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouts
who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacy and a beneficiary
of their estate plan. The Society celebrates those who have made a
contribution of $10,000 or more to the endowment through their estate
plans or as an outright gift.
Memorials and Tributes
If you have a loved one who is passionate about Girl Scouting,
establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor
your loved one or celebrate a special occasion while supporting Girl
Scouts. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to
your loved one and will allow us to build girls of courage,
confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Friendship Circle – Monthly Giving
By selecting ‘Monthly donation’ and committing to a minimum $10 per
month gift, you automatically become a member of our Friendship Circle
and will receive your Friendship Circle Pin! Give monthly and be a
part of a group of dedicated donors providing steady funding for Girl
Scout programs year round.
Through an annual investment of $1,000 or more, you become a member
of the Promise Circle. Your gift makes a lasting impact on the girls
served by Girl Scouts of Citrus and you help Bring Her Promise to Life.
Pearl Giving Society
Juliette sold her strand of pearls so she could fund the Girl Scout
organization. With that act of philanthropy in mind, the Pearl Giving
Society recognizes and honors individuals who have made a commitment
to ensure that girls will continue to benefit from the Girl Scout
experience. You are eligible to become a member of the Pearl Giving
Society if you make a contribution of $10,000 or more for the calendar year.
GSC Re-Use Collection Program
The GSC Re-Use Collection Program is a fun and easy way for our
troops to help our planet while helping Girl Scouts of Citrus reach
our GIFTs for Girls fundraising goal. Troops are invited to collect
gently used, re-wearable clothing, shoes and textiles. Millennium
International Textile, Inc. will pay Citrus Council $.25 for each
pound collected! The funds that your troop raises will go towards
your Service Community’s GIFTs for Girls goal.
Matching Gifts/Volunteer Service Hours
Many employers have matching gift programs that will match a portion
or all of charitable contributions or volunteer service hours made by
their employees. Before you make your next contribution, check with
your human resources office and ask if the company offers a matching
You can support the work of Girl Scouts Citrus throughout the entire
year by making a pledge using payroll deduction. Just designate how
much you want deducted from each pay period and the funds will be
automatically collected for disbursement to Girl Scouts of Citrus.
Supporting GSC can’t get simpler than that!
GSC Designation Code:
Heart of Florida (Orange, Osceola and Seminole): 7122
United Way of Brevard, Lake, Volusia: GSC
Support Girl Scouts while you shop! Make sure to designate the Girl
Scout Citrus through AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your
purchase to our Council. AmazonSmile has the same products, same
prices, and same service as the Amazon you know. Just make sure to
start shopping through smile.amazon.com in order to give to our
Created by a Central Florida company, the Change Giving app
simplifies giving by allowing users to donate spare change to Girl
Scouts of Citrus through everyday transactions. Learn more at changegiving.
Foundations and Grants
Working in tandem with foundations and external corporate groups
with like-minded mission and focus, Girl Scouts of Citrus submits
funding requests for specific projects. These funds enable girls and
young women to develop to their fullest potential through providing
needed resources that would not have been available otherwise.
Girl Scout councils are frequently approached by local businesses
proposing distribution of coupons providing reduced prices to those
who redeem them and contributions from the businesses to Girl Scouts
alone or to the Girl Scouts as one of several not-for-profit
organizations. Such coupons must be carefully reviewed to guard
against an actual or implied endorsement of the product. In each case,
the Girl Scout Council should reserve final approval of all copy.
- Councils should neither purchase nor otherwise obtain coupons
from a business for resale purposes.
- Girl Scout Councils
may feature a story about the coupon offer in their bulletins or
- No coupon offer may be made exclusively to Girl
- Girl and adult members of Girl Scouting
should not distribute coupons.
Donations to Troops
- Cash and non-cash contributions to troops/groups require the
following procedures. These procedures have been put into place to
ensure compliance with the current Internal Revenue Service tax code
and not-for-profit regulations. All contributions to troops/groups
must be reported as INCOME on the Troop/Group Finance Report. All
Corporate volunteer match or Foundation donations received will be
assessed an 5% administrative fee by the Finance Department
(examples: DisneyEarsToYOU, Universal, Sam’s Club, Walmart, etc.).
This policy took effect September 1, 2015.
- Girl Scouts of
Citrus encourages troops receiving contributions to consider
donating 50% of their proceeds over $500 (or amounts over what they
need for their planned activity) back to Gifts for Girls in order to
assist with program Scouterships and Camperships as a community
service for their Girl Scout sisters. However, this is not
mandatory, only encouraged.
- Any designated donation monies
received from a foundation, corporation, government entity, or
individual received by a Girl Scouts of Citrus troop, Service
Community, or individual member will be accepted and recognized by
Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Inc. The Council will apply the
donation as designated by the donor, minus the 5% administrative fee
- When a leader receives a monetary donation
for their troop, they should forward it, along with information
pertaining to the recipient troop, to the Girl Scouts of Citrus
Development Department. The council will issue a check payable to
the troop to be mailed to the troop leader. All contributions will
be acknowledged by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Inc., but
should also be acknowledged by the recipient troop/group.
- As the registered 501(c)(3) organization in receipt of donated
funds and good stewards of all donations made through our
organization, it is Girl Scouts of Citrus’ responsibility to ensure
that all designated troops/groups/communities are active and in
adherence with Council financial requirements. All active Girl
Scouts of Citrus troops are required to have a troop bank account
with two (2) unrelated signers on the account. When a donor check
stipulates that donations are made to designated troops, checks must
be deposited into the troop account. Council will process payment
only if the following information is current:
- The bank name,
routing and account number, and the names of all signers on the
- A copy of last month’s bank statement
for the troop account must be on file.
- The date of the
last troop finance report submission to Girl Scouts of
- Products or discounts on products may be accepted
by any Girl Scout troop/group, only if this type of
“contribution” is offered as a normal store procedure, such as a
nonprofit discount. Gift certificates should be reported as
INCOME on the Troop/Group Finance Report.
Acknowledging a Contribution
Troops/groups should always express their gratitude to donors. The
type of donation, monetary, in-kind, services, or equipment does not
matter. Donors always like to feel appreciated and that their
donations were well-accepted. Girl Scouts of Citrus will make
acknowledgements to donors who give a donation valued at $25 or more.
If these donations were made directly to a troop/group, the
troop/group should also acknowledge the gift.
Avoid Selling or Endorsing 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. “Commercial products” is any
product sold at retail, product demonstration parties (ex. Avon,
Pampered Chef), raffles, drawings, games of chance, the direct
solicitation of cash, and the sale or endorsement of commercial
products are examples of inappropriate money-earning activities for
girls. However, adults may participate in
these fundraising ventures and make a contribution to Girl Scouts
from the venture, as long as girls do not participate as the fund
solicitors or as the vehicle to distribute information. (Ex. A person
may have an Avon party to benefit Girl Scouts and donate a portion of
the revenue to Girl Scouts. She/he may invite parents of Girl Scouts
to attend the party, but may not send home sales booklets with girls
or promote the event using the Girl Scout name/brand.)
Retail chain endorsements are opportunities for the for-profit
sector to support Girl Scouting and are appropriate for council
fundraising only—not for individuals or troops/groups. (Ex. McDonald’s
offers to sponsor a “Girl Scout Day” or “Spirit Night” where 10% of
the proceeds from all food sold is donated to the Girl Scouts of
The exception to this policy is when a Girl Scout community would
like to host a “Spirit Night” on behalf of their GIFTs for Girls
Family Campaign goal. These goals are set at the beginning of every
Girl Scout year. More information on the GIFTs for Girls Family
Campaign can be found on our website www.citrus-gs.org.