#GivingTuesday 2019 is tomorrow!

Hopefully, your return to work today isn’t too hard after a Thanksgiving holiday spent with friends and family. The big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, but you can still make a difference this holiday season by supporting Girl Scouts on #GivingTuesday.

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#GivingTuesday is the social revolution of generosity and it’s happening tomorrow! Your support helps us continue to make a difference in the lives of our girls. Consider giving today and join the global movement to celebrate giving back.

We’re so thankful for our supporters, volunteers, advocates, and donors who embrace our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Without you, we couldn’t reach the thousands of girls across Western New York and deliver programming designed to set them up for success.

This year, we rolled out more than 200 programs focusing on our pillars of outdoors, STEM, life skills, and entrepreneurship, and everything in between. We want every girl to have the chance to pursue her dreams – whatever it looks for her.

Some of the programs we’ve held so far include a Pathways to Health Professional workshop where girls explored science and more; a Trailblazers program for our youngest Girl Scouts where they learned about fire building, tent pitching, leave no trace, and orienteering; a Maker Mania event at JCC that had the girls designing 3D patches, seeing a 3D printer in action, exploring the art of fingerprinting, and becoming beginner welders; a Glass Fusing class at Rochester Arc + Flame; and our 50th Anniversary Skills and Chills where girls competed in skills like canoeing, kayaking, fire building, tent pitching, log sawing, first aid, orienteering, archery, and more!

Plus, for the first time ever, our Girl Advisory Board held a conference for our Girl Scouts around council. The 2019 GIRL Experience Convention welcomed more than 300 attendees at Daemen College last month. The morning featured empowering keynote speakers and a Q&A. Following lunch, all levels were invited to an expo featuring many of our amazing program partners. From aerial arts to martial arts, face painting to robotics, and everything in between, this girl-led and girl-driven event represented what it means to be a Girl Scout.

All of this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what our Girl Scouts are doing and how donations support their growth. Join us on Facebook tomorrow to hear stories from counties around our council of what Girl Scouts are doing to make a difference, just like you.

Thank you for all that you do.

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You can be a part of the Girl Scout difference

Girl Scouts is an organization with more than 100 years dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Despite our storied history, many misunderstand the purpose of our organization or consider it irrelevant in today’s world.

In reality, the need for Girl Scouts has never been more apparent.

Far from the stereotypes of cookies and crafts, Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership organization for girls. We have decades of research showcasing the need for a single-gender environment and why it’s the best place for girls to grow. Beyond our research, we have the proven results seen in the lives of our alumnae:

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This past election, more than 110 women won seats in the US House of Representatives. Already hitting a record for female candidates, it’s important to note that at least 58% of the women who won were Girl Scouts.

When you support Girl Scouts, you’re investing in the future of our girls. You’re building our future leaders, visionaries, and game-changers. You’re telling all girls, no matter who they are or what path they choose in life, that they’re important and capable. You’re helping them achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Our program makes a difference because it’s designed by girls, for girls. Through our Four Pillars: Outdoors, STEM, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship, we want to give every girl the opportunity to find her passion and pursue it with confidence. We don’t tell a girl what she should do; we let her choose.

Everyone is familiar with how delicious Girl Scout cookies are, but few realize it’s the largest girl-run business in the world and designed to teach five financial literacy skills, including money management, decision making, and goal setting.

Beneath the Girl Scout stereotype is an organization dedicated to raising girls up and showing them that no matter what society says or does, they are equal and they matter. Be a part of the difference we make in the lives of our girls today. 

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Why I Give to Girl Scouting

[The post below was written by Donna Dolce, a lifelong Girl Scout]

I have always been a Girl Scout and Girl Scouting has been my life blood since joining as a 7 year old Brownie in 1958!

Girl Scouting made me the person that I am and contributed to all that I have accomplished both professionally and personally.  My mother was my first Brownie Leader and what better role model can a child have than her own mother demonstrating leadership, courage, confidence and character to an impressionable daughter.  Through her leadership and the values gained in Girl Scouting I immediately learned that I could, in fact, be whatever I wanted to be, achieve whatever I set my mind to do and learn that service for others could be both a vocation and avocation.

I remained in Girl Scouting throughout High School because of the leadership of Celia Beckmann.  As the leader of the Senior Troop in our community, those of us that stayed knew that adventures would await us.  Mrs. Beckmann had a reputation that all the girls in her troops would travel.  In my case it was a 10 day bus trip to Philadelphia, Washington, DC and New York City.  As a young girl growing up in a small town in Western New York this was the first opportunity to visit not one, but three metropolitan cities in less than two weeks.  Little did I know that one day I would in fact find myself working in one of those cities!

Upon graduation from college, I returned to Fredonia to serve as Mrs. Beckmann’s co-leader and was ultimately recruited by the Executive Director to a paid position in Girl Scouting becoming the Director of Program, Property and Training, including serving as the Director for Camp Timbercrest for more than 7 years.

Experiencing enormous gratitude and success, I than accepted a similar position with a much larger council in New Jersey, which ultimately led to a position on the National Staff of GSUSA in New York City!  I marveled daily that this young girl from Western New York who had experienced the Big Apple as a younger Girl Scout, was now living the dream.

I subsequently left professional Girl Scouting to work with other National non-profits (YWCA of the USA and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson), but remained active as a member of the Board of Directors of a local New Jersey Council.  In addition, I parlayed my knowledge by seeking and serving two terms as a municipal council woman, utilizing many of the skills I had learned through Girl Scouting.

I returned to professional Girl Scouting in 2005 as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Council and provided the staff leadership and support to the merger of three New Jersey Council’s retiring in 2008.  I subsequently relocated to Delaware and continue to serve on a county advisory committee for the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay and provide consultative services to several local non-profit organizations.

Although I have no children of my own, I am blessed to have hundreds of younger girls and women who continuously share their stories and thank me because of the impact that Girl Scouting has had on their lives….and who can ask for more than that as a reward for a life well lived.

So, why you may ask, do I give……how can I not?  Girl Scouting has brought me a career, many friends far and wide and values that have led me to serve others no matter where I live.  What a better world we would be if EVERY girl could live the same life and benefit from this extraordinary program.

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Girl Scouts helped Jaylah raise her voice

Our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place is more than just words; we see it in action. Girl Scouts throughout Western New York continually live out our mission. 

Consider Jaylah’s story, the Girl Scout pictured above. 

As a Girl Scout Junior, this 11-year-old saw an issue in her community and decided to do something about it. When Jaylah heard plans to turn an out-of-business restaurant into a liquor store, she immediately took action. 

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Courageously speaking to elected officials at a community meeting, Jaylah said “We don’t want people building businesses in our neighborhood that don’t care about what is good for us.”

Her determination continued and she met with officials and obtained their signatures on a petition to shut down what would become the second liquor store in her community. 

Her dedication paid off – soon after the liquor licenses was denied and there are no plans to move forward with that type of establishment. 

Jaylah embodied all that we value in Girl Scouts through her courage to speak up for what’s right, her confidence to talk to groups and elected officials, and the character to stand her ground for what was right for her community. 

Girls with confidence are more likely to speak their mind, believe in their intelligence, and desire to be a leader. Unfortunately, there’s a crisis of confidence happening among our girls. More than 60% of girls say they like to be in charge, but 33% admit to being afraid about leading so they aren’t perceived as bossy. 

We live in a world where if a girl or woman asserts herself or her authority, she is being bossy. It’s a negative word based on gender stereotypes that strips everything good away from being a leader. As a young girl, being told you’re bossy is something to shy away from and you learn to act in ways that keep you from being labeled so harshly. 

With self-confidence, you can disagree with a friend and not be concerned, but nearly 50% of all girls won’t say what they’re thinking or if they disagree because their desire is to be liked. Girls with the highest GPAs are the ones most likely to report feeling this way. 

Help us change this. 

With your support, we reach more and do more to turn this crisis of confidence around for our girls and help them realize just how smart and important they are. We work every day to create a space where they can grow and fail without judgement. We want to keep hearing stories of our girls being unafraid to stand up for what’s right even if it’s an unpopular opinion. 

When you invest in Girl Scouts, you’re doing more than support an organization where girls do crafts and sell cookies. You’re helping to build the future generation of leaders. You’re changing the world. 

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Giving back is as easy as shopping online

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Black Friday is upon us and Cyber Monday is approaching quickly. You’ve created your gift list and checked it twice, so now you’re determined to find the best deals. Did you know that you could save money AND support Girl Scouts of Western New York at the same time?

When you shop with AmazonSmile, a portion of your qualifying purchase comes back to us and helps us build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. There aren’t extra taxes or hidden fees; it really is this simple.

All you have to do is click this link to choose Girl Scouts of Western New York as your chosen charity. Once you’re set up, start making your purchases from smile.amazon.com. Everything looks the same, except now your purchase goes further. It’s the Amazon you love with the giving back that feels good.

Make a difference this holiday season and shop with AmazonSmile.

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Because of Girl Scouts, Maria realized all she could accomplish

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Girl Scouts is more than just an activity for your girl. It can have life-changing effects on who she becomes and what she believes she can achieve. Take Maria’s story, for example.

Maria’s journey with Girl Scouts began in Puerto Rico, when she joined as a Daisy. Five years later, she’d leave her home and troop to move to the United States. Starting a new life in a country with strange language were only some of the obstacles facing Maria.

Research shows that a girl’s confidence sharply declines by more than 25% between fifth and ninth grade. Almost 50% of high school girls don’t believe they’re smart enough for their dream career. Even when a girl experiences the academic success of a 4.0 or higher, 1 in 3 will feel they aren’t good enough to pursue their passion.

Fortunately for Maria, she had Girl Scouts.

Once she arrived in Buffalo, her mother looked for a Girl Scout troop in the area. Finding none and understanding the importance, she started her own troop so Maria could develop the friendships she needed.

With her troop, Maria was able to enjoy experiences she never imagined would be possible, like white water rafting, learning how to code, walking on ropes courses, and discovering more about how the brain works.

Her fellow Girl Scouts became her community and support, and with the help of them and their leaders, she was able to learn English and graduate high school. Now in college, the distance doesn’t get in the way of the friendships she made as a Girl Scout. These relationships are one of a kind and even if they don’t talk for awhile, they always have each other’s backs.

The confidence Maria gained did more than help her learn English, take on the impossible, and form new friendships; it helped direct the course of her life.

The lack of women in STEM-related fields is no secret, but it’s alarming when you consider that 75% of girls believe they’re good at math and science, but only 45% consider it for a career.

It’s illogical to assume that most girls simply aren’t interested when you learn girls’ interest in math and science increases as they get older, despite the decline of girls believing they’re good at these subjects.

Despite these odds, Maria had the confidence to pursue her passion. After attending a Girls Go to Neuro School event at the University of Buffalo, Maria was able to learn more about the mind and brain. This sparked an interested so she began doing more research on her own.

Now she’s a freshman psychology major on the pre-med route at Albany College.

Because of Girl Scouts, Maria realized she was smart enough, good enough, and confident enough. The activities she enjoyed were more than just fun excursions – they helped shape the course of her life.

You can help make a difference in the lives of our Girl Scouts. 

Girl Scouts takes the potential of girls and combines it with robust skill-building programs that allow them to enjoy experiences outside of their comfort zones, like building a robotic arm, learning to survive outdoors, and growing a cookie business.

Your donation makes building girls of courage, confidence, and character who makes the world a better place possible. Thank you.

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Mark your calendars now for #GivingTuesday

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November is a month filled with promotions. What used to be shopping on Black Friday led to Cyber Monday and now you can shop amazing deals virtually the entire month long. With all this spending, why not welcome a chance to give back?

#GivingTuesday is a global movement that falls the week after Thanksgiving. It’s more than just donations; the movement is all about helping others whether it’s your time, monetary support, goods, or even your voice.

As a kick-off to the season of giving, this special day resonates around the world thanks to the power of social media. Together, we celebrate the spirit of generosity as well as the difference our philanthropy can make. Even though it’s a worldwide event, there are ways to get involved in your local community.

At Girl Scouts, we’re all about benefiting our community. In fact, its in our mission. We build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place, and often the world falls in our own backyard. We believe that when our girls succeed, so does society.

You can be a part of our mission, too. Whether it’s your time or donation, your support makes a difference in the lives of our members. We need men and women dedicated to raising the next generation of female leaders who are willing to give their time, whether that looks like leading a troop or speaking as a subject-matter expert at an event.

Your financial support can give a girl the chance to see what she’s capable of and achieve more than she imagined possible. Every gift matters to our girls.

Consider making a difference this #GivingTuesday, November 27.