Giving to Girl Scouts is easy! Your tax-deductible contribution will directly benefit more than 30,000 girls and adult volunteers in countless ways throughout Southwest Texas.
See what your gift can do:
- $50 will provide CPR & First Aid Training Certification for a teen Girl Scout to learn life-saving skills that will last her a lifetime.
- $150 will provide a financial literacy program for 15 girls to help them learn how to save for their future.
- $200 will provide a camp scholarship for a girl to experience an outdoor adventure she will never forget.
- $275 provides a girl one full year of Girl Scouts - where she can discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies.
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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:
- 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, Attn: Development & Communications, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216.
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GSSWT's Friendship Circle fund helps provide resources for girls and troops who would not be able to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience otherwise. We encourage troops, groups, and individuals to donate funds to be used to purchase items such as handbooks, badge books, sashes, and other uniform components for girls and troops who might not have the resources to obtain these items.
If you have a Girl Scout who needs assistance from the Friendship Circle, please complete the Friendship Circle Fund Request Form. This form must be signed by your GO Team Lead before it is submitted to the Development & Communications department.
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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 GO Team) 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 Janet Pedrotti (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 223).
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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.
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, Attn: Development & Communications, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, Texas 78216. Please include a note stating that your gift is in "Memory of (name)."
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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.
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.