Girl Scouts return $100,000 check to anti-trans donor
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America announced in May that the organization welcomes transgender girls. Therefore, when the Girl Scouts of Western Washington received a donation of $100,000 with a letter saying "Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can't, please return the money," they sent the money back to the donor.
Upon returning the money, council CEO Megan Ferland said to Seattle Met:
Unfortunately, such a large donation doesn't come around too often. The organization could have used the money to send 500 disadvantaged Girl Scouts to summer camp. However, the organization's values take precedent. Instead of accepting the donation, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington have launched an Indiegogo fundraiser. They stated:
"$100,000 is a lot of money. In fact, it's almost a third of our entire financial assistance program for this year -- and girls need this support now. That's why losing the gift is such a big deal."
The Girl Scouts of Western Washington hope to raise back the $100,000 in the right way through their #ForEVERYGirl Campaign. Their statement continues:
"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."
For more information or to make a donation, visit their Indiegogo page.
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