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Grant to Girl Scouts of the USA Validates Organization’s Impact


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On October 18, 2022, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced an $84.5 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. While Girl Scouts of Central Texas was not a recipient of an individual council grant from Ms. Scott, we applaud her for supporting girls during a time when it’s critical to invest in their futures through organizations such as Girl Scouts.

Girls today know they should be able to be whatever they want to be. They are passionate about helping others and want to make the world a better place. As the world has opened more opportunities for girls, girls—and especially girls of color—still face systemic barriers to full participation and gaps in opportunity. COVID-19 exposed and increased those disparities. Compared to 10 years ago, many girls in the U.S. today:

  • Experience problems with their physical and emotional health
  • Lack access to extracurricular activities that promote positive development
  • Or live in poverty and low-income households

The disparity in funding to directly impact girls’ futures is not where it needs to be to make the required long-term impact. With the challenges facing girls today, before MacKenzie Scott  began her giving initiatives, only 1.6% of annual giving has benefitted women and girl-focused organizations. Ms. Scott’s grant is a validation of the impact Girl Scouts makes in girls’ lives and in our community.

We thank all our adult members, volunteers, and donors for their belief in and support of our mission and the girls we serve. Almost one in five families served by Girl Scouts of Central Texas would not be able to participate without community support. Your gift to Girl Scouts of Central Texas increases access to Girl Scout’s life-changing experiences, mentoring, and programming, making a meaningful difference in girls’ lives as evidenced by outcomes such as helping to decrease high school dropout rates, higher academic achievement, and higher lifetime earning potential.