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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Receives $4.2 Million Donation from Mackenzie Scott

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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recently received a $4.2 million donation from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. This generous gift is part of an $84.5 million donation awarded to GSUSA and 29 local councils selected by Scott, making this unprecedented investment the largest donation from a single individual in the national organization’s history. Locally, this gift will help GSSJC advance its mission within the community and fund innovative programs and growth strategies as the council recovers post-COVID and embarks on its next 100 years in southeast Texas.

“We are truly humbled and grateful for this generous gift and for Mackenzie Scott’s trust in our mission,” says GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. “This gift not only emphasizes the importance of supporting the next generation of female leaders, but it also acknowledges the work of our volunteers and support of our local donors and community. It ensures we can advance our efforts to provide girls with meaningful experiences and equitable access to our leadership development program so they are empowered and equipped to lead.”

“We are so appreciative of Mackenzie’s gift to Girl Scouts. This is a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to help girls cultivate the skills and connections to lead in their own communities and globally,” said GSUSA’s CEO, Sofia Chang. “The support from all our donors, including this generous support from Mackenzie is critical in delivering on our work of reimagination and transformation. We’re excited to prove how Mackenzie’s investment in girls will change the world - because when one girl succeeds, we all succeed.”

The Grant Impact

This gift will power leadership opportunities for girls by enabling GSSJC to:

  • Enhance our world-class camps by adding new high adventure programs, upgrading units to be accessible year-round and more resilient to weather events, and creating spaces that foster inclusion and belonging for all girls.
  • Advance meaningful program innovation informed by the current interests and needs of girls to prepare them for leadership, including an expanded focus on mental wellness.
  • Allow GSSJC to maintain equitable access to the organization’s mission by restoring and deepening programs in underserved communities.

Nationally, this generous donation will accelerate GSUSA’s initiatives that give girls the tools to become the next generation of powerful female leaders.