The Girl Scouts are teaching all their members an important life lesson: values, people, and independence are more important than money.
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When the Girl Scouts of Western Washington won a $100,000 donation, CEO Megan Ferland was "thrilled." The money would pay for 500 girls to go to camp.
But then she received a disturbing note from the donor that read, "Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money."
Ferland has been a fervent supporter of transgender girls in the past. In 2012, she issued a public statement welcoming transgender girls as Girl Scouts after a transgender girl was denied from a troop.
And she didn’t back down this time either. She returned the money and told Seattle Met that, "Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to."
Losing that $100,000 wasn’t easy for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, who use donation money to help families who can’t afford to pay for Girl Scouts. So they started an Indiegogo fundraiser, #ForEVERYGIRL, asking people to "Help us raise back the $100,000 a donor asked us to return because we welcome transgender girls."
They've already surpassed their goal. They're on track to break $200,000 by the end of the day today – just one day into the campaign.
You can watch their #ForEVERYGIRL video here:
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Hat Tip: The Advocate