Annual Fund Campaign
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 ($15 for Girl Scouts USA and $5 for Norcross Service Unit). 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.
ALL Girl Scouts benefit indirectly from this contribution. Here are some examples of what Annual Fund pays for:
ALL Girl Scouts can directly benefit from this contribution. Here are examples of activities subsidized by Annual Fund:
The troop is rewarded for their level of participation in this campaign.
- The first requirement for a troop award is that 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 based on the average amount per family. The first level is $50 per girl average.
WARNING: 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.
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 employee's 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.