The Annual Fund Campaign is our opportunity to ask our families and our community to help us fulfill our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The membership fee to join Girl Scouts is very low ($12 for GS USA and $3 for local GS). This does not cover the actual cost of managing the Girl Scout organization. In order to provide the wide variety of opportunities, Girl Scouts asks parents and the community for a monetary contribution to sustain the organization.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. Council Funding - The Council site can tell you more about funding.
Important updates for Annual Fund, Fiscal Year 2012
ALL Girl Scouts indirectly benefit from this contribution. Here are some examples of what Annual Fund pays for:
> Adult Leader Training
> Background checks for volunteers
> Maintenance of Council owned camps and Service Centers
ALL Girl Scouts can directly benefit from this contribution.
> The summer sleep-away and day camps are subsidized by this contribution.
> Participate in the Father/Daughter Mt. Jubilee camp - the cost is so low because of this contribution.
> Participate in the Mother/Daughter Serendipity camp - again the cost is low because of this contribution.
> Financial aid for Girl Scout membership, uniform, and supplies
Click here for a complete list of the benefits of Annual Fund.
The troop is rewarded for their level of participation in this campaign.
> In order for a troop to receive an award the troop must have 100% participation. Every family in the troop must give "something". That something may be as little as $1 .
> The second requirement for a troop award is the average amount per family.
The first award is at the $50 per girl average.
Click here for a complete list of the goals and incentives for Annual Fund contributions.
WARNING: The Girl Scouts does not want troops asking major corporations for donations. There is a group at the Council level that works with major corporations asking for donations. If you want to ask for contributions from local businesses, check the Do NOT Solicit List first.
If you have any questions, contact the Annual Fund Chairperson (found on the Positions page).
This is important information to share with your parents. It is especially important during slow economic times like we are currently experiencing. Many companies will match an employees contribution to this Girl Scout campaign. If they contact their Human Resources/Personnel department for their company, they can tell the parent if their company does this. There usually is a form that the employee needs to fill out. That form is usually turned in with the parent's contribution. But some companies want it handled differently. This is an easy way to reach your "average per girl" award without asking for money out of the parent's pockets.