This is today’s ‘Feel Great’ story!
They gave the money back.
And started an Indiegogo campaign to replace that funding.
Since Monday 6,743 donors (including my own usual one-day’s-pay contribution) have more than compensated for the missing funds to the tune of $319,110!
The council’s CEO, Megan Ferland went to the office earlier this spring and announced that she’d just landed a $100,000 donation, and of course the place went mad. Not only did it represent nearly a quarter of the council’s annual fundraising goal, it would pay to send 500 girls to camp. “We were thrilled,” Ferland says.
Except there was a catch. In late May, as news of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition became big news, she received a letter from the donor with a brief request: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”
Ferland chooses her words carefully when discussing the donor, whose identity she won’t reveal out of respect for their privacy. “The relationship is complex,” is all she’ll say. But she does admit to being “very sad” upon receiving the letter. Shortly after that, though, she made up her mind about how to respond: In a short letter, she informed the donor that she would, in fact, be returning the money. Her reasoning was simple. “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” she says. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”
I think I’ll wear my mom’s Girl Scout Leader pin today. She would have loved this