Girl Scouts Return $100K Donation To Transphobic Donor—Recoup The Money (And Then Some) Within 24 Hours
After returning a $100k donation from a transphobic donor, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington managed to recoup the money (and then some) within 24 hours.
When the Girl Scouts received the donation last month they were beside themselves with joy—until they got a follow-up note from the donor:
Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can't, please return the money.
Even though the hefty donation could have sent 500 girls to camp, council CEO Megan Ferland said that her decision to return the money wasn't hard. Ferland believes that "Girl Scouts is for every girl" and "every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to."
Luckily, the Girl Scouts of Western Michigan started up an Indiegogo fundraiser that has not only recouped the $100k donation, but they've more than doubled it as the total sits at $272,000 and counting at the time of this post.
Donations still continue to pour in.
The troop explained how much the donations mean to their organization. The money raised was intended to help out families who can't afford to pay for the Girl Scouts programming.
According to the Advocate, Girl Scouts of the USA has long welcomed transgender girls in their troops.
a Colorado troop faced conservative outrage over welcoming a 7-year-old trans girl. Last month the organization reaffirmed their trans-inclusive stance when the anti-LGBT American Family Association targeted the organization, gathering tens of thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the Girl Scouts rescind its trans-inclusive policy.
Girl Scouts USA wants it to be known that their stance and mission will be to continue "serving all girls."