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Girl Scouts Capital and Endowment Campaign Bolstered by Gift from Burlington Resources
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) has received a major $250,000 donation from Houston-based Burlington Resources Inc., the Council's largest gift to date from a corporation. The gift pushes GSSJC's current fundraising campaign total past the halfway mark, thus enabling the Council to approach national foundations for contributions.
"The Council is grateful to Burlington Resources for their generous gift and for the opportunity it affords us," says Mary Vitek, CEO of GSSJC. "We look forward to continuing the campaign and sharing with others what it means to invest in the Girl Scouts."
The campaign goal of $14.3 million was determined by the Council's strategic plan and is the largest such fundraising appeal in the Council's history. As part of the capital expenditures, six of GSSJC's eight camps will be upgraded. The camps will receive $5.9 million in renovations, resulting in increased camper housing and additional program opportunities. Another $3.3 million is earmarked for renovation of the recently purchased building next door to the Girl Scout headquarters on Southwest Freeway. This renovation will provide a one-of-a-kind space for girls to explore, play, and grow up together.
In addition to building improvements, the campaign will create a $5.1 million endowment to ensure that funds are always available for maintenance projects at each of GSSJC’s camps, sustaining quality programs for inner city Girl Scouts, and college scholarships for girls who achieve the Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest award.
These capital and endowment components will serve the Girl Scouts of today and the additional 8,000 Girl Scouts who will join GSSJC in the next seven years. Mary Vitek sees the campaign as a necessity for the Council. “Never in the history of the Council has there been such a need to expand our services,” she says. “And since 64% of women leaders in the U.S. today were once Girl Scouts, a successful campaign secures a better future for all of us.”
Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Houston-based Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves more than 58,000 girl members and 14,000 adults in 21 southeast Texas counties. For more information, call 713-292-0300 or visit us online at www.gssjc.org. Today, as when founded in 1912, Girl Scouts cultivates values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls. In Girl Scouting - and its special girl-only environment - girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together.
GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.
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