Planned Giving – Juliette Gordon Low Society
In March 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered just a few girls to
begin the Girl Scouts. Juliette's outstanding leadership was matched
by her stewardship when she converted the carriage house of her home
into the first Girl Scout national headquarters, and she gifted the
property to Girl Scouts in her will.
Juliette's bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl
Scouts. In her memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society (JGL) has been
established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who choose to
make Girl Scouts Heart of the South part of their legacies and a
beneficiary of their estate plans. Through the Juliette Gordon Low
Society, anyone can ensure Girl Scouts will have the tools to make the
world a better place for generations to come. All gifts support girls
in our community having access to crucial, life-changing, girl-led
programming that will launch her into a lifetime of leadership.
The Juliette Gordon Low Society honors individuals who demonstrate a
deep commitment to Girl Scouts Heart of the South by making a planned
gift. As a JGL Society member, you will receive a special membership
lapel pin and a subscription to the council’s donor newsletter.
Members are also included in the GSUSA and Girl Scouts Heart of the
South’s Annual Report and website. If you have already named Girl
Scouts as the beneficiary of a planned gift, please let us know. We
will welcome you as a Juliette Gordon Low Society member.
Dianne Belk, founding chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, is a
Girl Scout alum, from the delta region of Mississippi. As a Girl
Scout, Dianne earned the Curved Bar award, the equivalent to the Gold
Award today. A retired engineer, she now focuses on her real passion:
reducing the barriers that young girls face in achieving equality in
the world. Dianne and her husband, Lawrence Calder, are on this
journey together. As a volunteer, Dianne Belk has led the Juliette
Gordon Low Society’s growth from 348 members in 2011 to almost 4,000
members in 2018.
"My husband and I are donors to Girl Scouts. In our 32 years
together, we have lived in, worked in, and volunteered in four
councils," Dianne says.
"We had been making annual gifts, buying cookies, and attending
annual events. But then, as we thought about our wills and estate
documents, we said, 'It isn't a question of: Why would we leave a
legacy gift to Girl Scouts? It is a question of: Why wouldn't
we?'" she says. "My husband and I hope that others will
join us in the Juliette Gordon Low Society as donors to this vital and
demonstrably effective organization. And when they do, we encourage
them to tell the council or Girl Scouts of the USA about their intent
so they can be recognized and help spread the word about the power of