Local sponsors can help councils power innovative programs for Girl
Scouts. Community organizations, businesses, religious organizations,
and individuals may be sponsors and may provide group meeting places,
volunteer their time, offer in-kind donations, provide activity
materials, or loan equipment. Encourage your girls to celebrate a
sponsor’s contribution to the troop by sending thank-you cards,
inviting the sponsor to a meeting or ceremony, or working together on
a Take Action project.
For information on working with a sponsor, consult the GSWCF Fund
Development Department, which can give you guidance on the
availability of sponsors, recruiting guidelines, and any council
policies or practices that must be followed. Your council may already
have relationships with certain organizations or may know of some
reasons not to collaborate with certain organizations.
Employer Benefits/Matching Gifts
Some employers offer
matching gifts and volunteer service hours to their employees.
Employers may match the employee’s monetary donations or make a
donation based on the hours the employee has volunteered with a
nonprofit. Find out if
your employer participates in a matching gift or volunteer program.
Matching gift forms can typically be obtained from the company’s
employee benefits department. Forms should be completed by the
employee and submitted to the Fund Development department through
or dropped off at the Leadership Center.
Any donation from a foundation, corporation, employer, etc. in
recognition of volunteer service hours will be considered a
commemorative gift in honor of the Girl Scout volunteer who performed
the hours of service. Any amount exceeding $500 per membership year
will go toward the Family Partnership Campaign. Contact the Fund Development
department for more information.
Troops and service unit teams are not
authorized to apply for grants for general funds. Girls are permitted
to apply for Youth As Resources (YAR) grants or other youth funding
entities to fund Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award projects or other
community service projects. Girls must adhere to project budget
guidelines for Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Council approval is
needed before applying for grant funding. Contact Clara Moll for questions regarding grants and/or
for grant approval.
Sponsoring organizations may provide
meeting space for a troop or group, donate needed items such as
handbooks, uniforms, flags, camping equipment, etc.; or offer
financial support. The maximum financial support per membership
year (10/1-9/30) is $500, for every troop or service unit seeking
sponsorships (there may be more than one financial sponsor for a
combined total of $500). A troop must participate in at least one of
the two most recent council organized product program fundraisers
(fall product sales or Girl Scout Cookie program) in order to receive
Up to two (2) troops or service units may benefit from a sponsorship
donation. No more than $500 can be given to each troop or service unit
from the gift. After the two (2) troops or service units are selected,
any remaining donation amount will be designated to the Family
Partnership Campaign, supporting all Girl Scouts in west central Florida.
All charitable contributions should be made payable to Girl Scouts
of West Central Florida. Monetary contributions should provide the
troop number or service unit on the check or with correspondence.
GSWCF is incorporated in the State of Florida and is designated as a
501(c)3 organization, but individual troops are not. Troops and
service unit are not permitted to provide donors with tax receipts.
Questions regarding supplemental money earning can be directed to
the Troop Support team. Restaurant fundraisers, car washes, service
unit events, Aramark fundraisers, etc. are considered supplemental
money earning, not troop sponsorship. See the “Money-Earning Basics”
section of this document for more information.
When collaborating with any other organization, keep these
additional guidelines in mind:
Avoid Fundraising for Other Organizations
Girl Scouts are not
allowed to solicit money on behalf of another organization when
identifying themselves as Girl Scouts by wearing a uniform, a sash
or vest, official pins, and so on. This includes participating in a
walkathon or telethon while in uniform. However, you and your group
can support another organization through Take Action projects. Girl
Scouts as individuals are able to participate in whatever events
they choose as long as they’re not wearing anything that officially
identifies them as “Girl Scouts.”
Steer Clear of Political Fundraisers
When in an official Girl
Scout capacity or in any way identifying yourselves as Girl Scouts,
your group may not participate, directly or indirectly, in any
political campaign or work on behalf of or in opposition to a
candidate for public office. Letter-writing campaigns are not
allowed, nor is participating in a political rally, circulating a
petition, or carrying a political banner.
Be Respectful When Collaborating with Religious Organizations
Girl Scout groups must
respect the opinions and practices of religious partners, but no
girl should be required to take part in any religious observance or
practice of the sponsoring group.
Avoid Selling or Endorsing Commercial Products
A commercial product is
any product sold at a retail location. Since 1939, girls and
volunteers have not been allowed to endorse, provide a testimonial
for, or sell such products.