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Monday, 23 April 2012 10:32

Building Leaders Capital Campaign Update

Girl Scouts throughout GSSWTs service area have the opportunity to participate in the Building Leaders Capital Campaign with the purchase of commemorative bricks that will be placed in one of three locations: the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, Camp La Jita, or Camp Mira Sol.

The purchase of a brick will serve as a permanent symbol of the donor’s support of Girl Scouting. A brick placed at the leadership center will serve as an investment in the future, an endorsement of the hopes and dreams of the girls and the volunteers who will utilize this facility and the grounds surrounding it. At the two camps, the bricks purchased will be a reflection of the people who have walked these grounds, who love camping, and who understand its impact on the lives of girls.

Each building block may contain a name and/or a message. Friends can purchase one together to honor a camp counselor or troop leader. Parents may honor their daughters. Others may purchase bricks as tributes or memorials to special persons in their lives.

What can you put on your brick?

  • Your name; significant dates
  • A meaningful quote
  • A memorial or honorarium for someone special


How to Order

Print your name/message carefully and return the completed form with payment to:
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas | External Affairs Dept. | 811 North Coker Loop | San Antonio, Texas 78216

Questions may be directed to Carole Wood (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

 

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

Together, we can get her there.

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:31

United Way

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is a member agency of the following United Ways: 

 

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

Together, we can get her there.

 

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Monday, 23 April 2012 10:30

Donor Appreciation

The work of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is not possible without the support of our friends and donors. GSSWT is pleased to recognize the following agencies for your contributions to helping us build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. 

H-E-B
CPS Energy
Charity Ball Association
Dove
SWBC
Valero Energy Corporation
Wells Fargo

For a complete listing of GSSWT donors, see the 2012 Annual Report.

 

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

 

Together, we can get her there.

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:30

Trefoil 2011

Trefoil 2011 Luncheon

For more than 20 years, Girl Scouts has selected an outstanding woman and dedicated community leader who embodies the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout Movement and has presented her with the Trefoil Award. On Thursday, September 22, 2011, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas honored Suzanne Goudge, who is a role model for tomorrow's leaders and has made significant contributions to the quality of life in the community and to society as a whole.

 

Suzanne Cheever Goudge is a long time Girl Scout and community volunteer. Suzanne’s Girl Scout involvement started at a young age when her mother led her troop, and has continued in various capacities, including leading her daughters’ troops starting in 1980 through 2008. She has also volunteered in various leadership roles for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.

 

Her service within the community has also included the United Way, Alamo Heights Independent School District, the Junior League of San Antonio, San Antonio Zoo, Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf, St Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, and KLRN. Her work within each organization not only spans years of service, but also includes various leadership positions.

 

In Suzanne’s professional career at Broadway Bank she has held various positions in finance, bank investments and trusts. She currently serves on its Board of Directors as well as numerous other committees.

 

Suzanne and her husband, Jimmy, have four grown children: Sara Brouillard and her husband Jeff; Carrie Dyer and her husband Nick; Cy Goudge and Kate Goudge. Suzanne is the daughter of Charlie and the late Sally Cheever, who received the Trefoil Award in 1994.

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:28

Family Giving Campaign

Family Giving Campaign


The Family Giving campaign is specifically designed for families to have the opportunity to contribute financially to their daughter's Girl Scout leadership experience by making a personal, tax-deductible contribution to support the Girl Scout program. Family support for Girl Scouting is very important. We offer a wide range of opportunities to our Girl Scouts, and family contributions provide programs and funding for our camps, as well as resources and training materials for troop leaders. The cost of providing the programs, leadership, and materials that are required to support one girl for a year is $275. When you make a donation to the Family Giving campaign, 100 percent of your contribution stays in our council to support girls in the 21-county council area. Support from our families shows potential corporate donors that our members believe in the value of our organization.

The Girl Scout program has a significant impact on young girls' lives. It helps them to:

  • Develop a strong sense of self
  • Feel connected to their community
  • Gain practical life skills
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Become resourceful problem solvers
  • Feel empowered to make a difference in the world


And, they have a great adventure in the process!

Each family that contributes $20 or more will receive one Family Giving campaign patch.

Troops that have 100 percent participation in the campaign will be entered in a drawing to receive either a weekend at camp or a program scholarship. Additionally, each girl in the troop will receive a special patch recognizing the troop's 100 percent participation. 

Girl Scouts gives girls an opportunity to grow and learn through a wide variety of experiences. Make an investment in your daughter's future. Join the other families who contribute to the Family Giving campaign and help us fulfill our mission. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


Donations may also be made on the registration form or using the envelopes distributed with early bird and new leader packets. You may also complete the online form, print it and then submit it with a check by mail. If you have any questions about the program, or would like to make a donation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

 

Make your donation here.

 

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

Together, we can get her there.

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:28

Planned Gifts

A planned gift is a donor's commitment to benefit Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas through a gift that takes effect at death or after a term of years. When you include GSSWT in your will or other estate plans, you will provide the financial power the organization needs to help future generation of girls receive the best program and the best resources GSSWT can provide to help them become their personal best. Planned gifts to GSSWT include bequests, life insurance, and retirement plan benefits.

 

Since the information on this site is not intended as legal, tax, or investment advice, it is highly recommended that prospective donors consult with their own tax or legal advisors prior to making a planned gift.

For more information on planned giving, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">Stephanie S. Sinclair, Community Relations & Grants Manager (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 223).

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:26

Company Matching Gifts

Your gift to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas can have an even greater impact through a matching-gift program. Many local and national companies match employee's contributions to GSSWT and support Volunteer Incentive Programs that recognize your Girl Scout volunteer effort with a corporate contribution. 

 

Companies with matching-gift programs include:

  • AllianceBerstein
  • AMEX
  • Bank of America 
  • United Health Care
  • Wachovia Foundation 

 

If your company is not listed, contact your employer's Human Resources or Community Relations office to ask about Matching Gift and/or Volunteer Incentive Program benefits. Request a Matching Gift and/or

 

Volunteer Incentive Application form and send the completed form to:

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
External Affairs Department
811 N. Coker Loop
San Antonio, TX  78216

Questions regarding company matching gifts, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:25

Birdies for Charity

Support Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas through the 2013 Birdies for Charity program®

In 2013, GSSWT is poised to succeed with its partnership with Birdies for Charity through the annual Valero Texas Open and your help is needed to spread the word! What's a birdie, you ask?! It's a score of one stroke under par (the expected score) for any hole on the golf course.

Birdies for Charity is a fundraising program designed to give participating organizations the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 1-7. All donations and pledges are tax deductible and GSSWT will receive 100 percent of the dollars raised through Birdies for Charity! 

GSSWT's goal is to be part of the Top 52 participating organizations, which will qualify us for additional funding opportunities. To meet the objective, pledges must be submitted by 12 noon on Tuesday, March 5.

It's easy to participate!

  • Stop by GSSWT's Shop (at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center) and buy a birdie to fill the tree for just $2 each, or buy a golden birdie for $5 each!
  • Make a pledge of one penny or more for every birdie made during the 2013 Valero Texas Open. In 2012, a pledge for one penny per birdie equaled $20.22.
  • Make a flat contribution of $20 or more.

Guess the Birdies Contest

For a little added excitement, you can participate in the Guess the Birdies Contest. If you correctly guess the number of birdies made during the tournament, you could win a brand-new car! Deadline for guesses is 12 noon on Monday, April 1.
 

Birdies Club Member

You may also want to consider becoming a Birdies Club member. A Birdies Club member is any person or business that pledges 50¢ or more per birdie or a straight donation of $1,000 or more. In recognition of this level of giving, Birdies Club members will be recognized on site on a Birdies Club member sign and will receive four Good Any One Day tickets to the tournament (April 4-7).


To support GSSWT through Birdies for Charity, simply make an online pledge and designate your donation to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. You may download a pledge form here and deliver it to the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, Texas 78216) or stop by the leadership center and complete a form at your convenience.

For a complete set of rules, visit Golf San Antonio.

Questions regarding Birdies for Charity may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:25

In-kind Donations

In-kind donations are donations that are "paid or given in goods, commodities, or services instead of money." This includes donations of actual items, labor, or gift cards -- it does not include donations made by cash or check. The rule of thumb is if you can put it in your bank account it is not an in-kind donation.
 
Please be sure to complete an In-kind Donation Form so that your gift can be acknowledged appropriately.

 

Remember -- because service units and/or troops are not 501(c)(3) entities in accordance with state and federal laws, they cannot request tax-free gifts nor can they issue receipts for tax-free donations. All cash donations of $250 or more or any donations requiring a tax-exempt receipt that are received by troops or service units should be given to the council (via your MDE) for documentation. When applicable, the council will issue a receipt and acknowledgment letter and ensure proper disbursement of the funds back to the troop or service unit.

 

For further questions regarding in-kind donations, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">Crystal Haskins (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 253).

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:24

Memorials & Tributes

Birthdays, graduations, holidays ... any day can be a special day when you make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. Not only will your gift have special meaning to you and your honoree, but your gift will impact the lives of thousands of girls across Southwest Texas. 

 

Gifts can honor friends, family, troop leaders, companies, co-workers -- anyone who is special to you. We will send a personal note to each person, family, or organization that you honor letting them know of your thoughtfulness. 

 

Giving a gift in honor or memory of a loved one is a tribute that can touch thousands.

If you are looking for information to include in an obituary regarding memorial gifts, you can refer to the following language:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in memory of (name). Checks should be made payable to GSSWT and mailed to:
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas | External Affairs Department | 811 N. Coker Loop | San Antonio, Texas 78216

 

Please include a note stating that your gift is in "Memory of (name)."

 

Get the Memorial and Tribute Contribution form here.

Questions regarding memorials and tributes may be directed to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">Carole Wood (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

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Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
to serve God and my country,
to help people at all times,
and to live by the Girl Scout Law

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Our Locations

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
811 N. Coker Loop
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Tel: 210-349-2404

 

West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
5622 Cesar Chavez Way
San Antonio, TX 78237
Tel: 210-319-5775