Putting an end to a bad situation, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise back the $100,000 a donor asked to be returned due to the organization welcoming transgender girls.
While explaining details about the #ForEVERYGirl campaign, the organization shared:
“Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a $100,000 donation to help girls participate in Girl Scouts. We were thrilled! However, when the fact that Girl Scouts welcomes all girls, including transgender girls, was in the news, the donor asked us to return their gift unless we guaranteed that the money would not be used to help transgender girls.
“We said Girl Scouts is for EVERY girl. And we gave the money backer. That’s the money that would have gone to girls who can’t participate in Girl Scouts without our help. With that support, girls can join a troop, go to camp, and participate in a multitude of other life-changing Girl Scout experience even though their families can’t afford to pay for them.”
They then noted:
“Our vision at Girl Scouts of Western Washington is that EVERY girl in our region — regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location — is empowered to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world. By donating to our #ForEVERYGirl Campaign, you’ll help make sure that EVERY girl has the opportunity to participate in the life-changing opportunities that Girl Scouts provides.”
The funds will also go towards the following:
- Camp Programs
- Uniforms, patches and Girl Scout curriculum
- Troop activities
- Other girl-led programs
- $15 Girl Scout USA membership fee
Since its launch on Monday, the campaign has surpassed its initial goal and has secured over $134,000 from nearly 2,900 backers. It is set to close at the end of July.
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