A Girl Scouts chapter recently returned a gift of $100,000 because the donor demanded that the money be kept away from anything that might support transgender girls in the organization. Along with the money, the unnamed donor stipulated: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”
According to the council CEO of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Megan Ferland, she knew they couldn’t keep the money under such conditions.
“Girl Scouts is for every girl,” Ferland told Seattle Met. “And every girls should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”
Ferland also said that the large donation could have sent 500 disadvantaged girls to summer camp. Instead of accepting the $100,000 donation, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington decided to set up an Indiegogo fundraiser for the same amount.
It quickly raised the money, and then some, in less than a day!
The Girl Scouts of the United States officially announced that they welcome transgender girls in the organization earlier this year. The organization declared that if a child is recognized by family and school/community as a girl, and lives culturally as a girl, then the program will do what is best to provide a safe environment of participation “both emotionally and physically.”
The official Girl Scouts site states that their mission is to build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”
You can watch the chapter’s “Girl Scouts is #ForEVERYGirl!” YouTube video above.