Gold Award Girl Scouts / Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Girl Scouts of the USA will need to give MacKenzie Scott a badge for philanthropy after her donation last month of $84.5 million—their largest gift ever from one person.
The generous grant will help make up for the absence of funds raised from cookie sales and membership during the pandemic.
The former wife of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos awarded the donation to the national group and 29 local councils selected by Scott—including $4.2 million to the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys and $4.9 million to Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
“This is a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to give girls the tools to become the next generation of powerful women leaders,” said the group’s CEO Sofia Chang. “We’re excited to prove how Ms. Scott’s investment in girls will change the world—because when one girl succeeds, we all succeed.”
The group says the grant will also foster an expanded focus on career readiness and mental wellness.
“Integral to this work is expanding girls’ access to STEM exploration, building upon exciting areas of interest such as hands-on coding, aeronautics, and sustainability.”
The money will also bolster staff and volunteer training and “future-proof its facilities, including the iconic Girl Scout camp properties, including expanding both accessibility and high adventure elements at camp.”
The group’s iconic brown and green sashes and vests can be seen on girls enrolled under 111 regional councils nationwide, with Girl Scouts showing up in every zip code of the US.
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