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Invest in Girls

Each year, Girl Scouts Heart of the South's Invest in Girls campaign supports the entire Girl Scout Program across all 59 counties in our council. Funds are used to ensure girls receive the best programming, events and services possible, and that volunteers receive quality training - not only for Girl Scout programs - but also for their professional and personal development.

  • $350 can provide a year of Girl Scout programs for one girl
  • $175 can provide one girl with 1/2 year of Girl Scout programming
  • $100 can provide scholarships to help girls attend Girl Scout events
  • $60 will provide training for a volunteer who wants to work with girls

Your tax deductible donation will ensure that girls from all across our region will be able to grow, learn and become leaders in their community while having fun and making friends. 

Stay up-to-date with Girl Scouts!  Check out our most recent newsletter.

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Helperships

Helperships allow every girl, regardless of financial means, to attend council program, troops and summer camp or benefit from the Girl Scout experience. We believe that Girl Scout provides the best opportunities for girls to learn leadership skills, develop a sense of self and confidence to try new things, overcome fears and discover new passions. Your gift can help provide an outdoor leadership or Girl Scout experience for our girls.

HELPERSHIPS:

  • $35 can give a girl a membership and programming for her to attend
  • $60 will provide training for a volunteer who will change a girl’s life
  • $100 can provide helperships for girls to attend council events
  • $175 can provide a half of a year of programming for one girl
  • $350 can provide an entire year of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Or you choose the amount; every dollar you can give will help give the gift of Girl Scouts to more girls today and for years to come!

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Legacy and Planned Giving

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 planned giving!" 

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Providing a planned gift through the JGL Society in your estate plans can include naming Girl Scouts Heart of the South as beneficiary, of the following:

Will
Retirement plan
Charitable gift annuity
Living trust
Donor advised fund
Life insurance policy
Charitable remainder trust
Charitable lead trust
Remainder gift of real estate
Any other gift that benefits Girl Scouts in the future

If you would like to learn more about the Juliette Gordon Low Society or other ways to name Girl Scouts Heart of the South as a beneficiary, please contact:  Venus Chaney, Chief Development and Advocacy Officer, at 901.334.3465 or 800.624.4185

Thank You to Our Current Juliette Gordon Low Society Members:

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Herbert Akers
Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder
Venus Chaney
Nancy Cochran
Alison Coons
Dolph Crafton
Kimberly Crafton
Rosemarie Fair
Lori Gilmore
Jenny Jones
Alyce Lipscomb
Pat Moody
Lori Patton
Melanie Schild
Tom Schild
Elizabeth Upchurch
Mary Kay Wegner
Chris Wilson
Debbie Zanot

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100th Anniversary Tree

Pat Moody, lifetime Girl Scout and former Girl Scouts Heart of the South Board Member, sculpted the “100th Anniversary Tree” in honor of 100 years of Girl Scouting.  The tree celebrates donations made to the Centennial Society campaign.  

For more information about the 100th Anniversary Tree, contact Venus Chaney, Chief Development and Advocacy Officer, at venus.chaney@girlscoutshs.org or 901.334.3465.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company matches, please request a matching gift form from your employer. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies will also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Below is a list of employers known to match gifts:

  • AT&T
  • AutoZone
  • Bank of America
  • Bemis Company, Inc.
  • Broussard, Bush & Hurst of Mississippi, Inc.
  • Catherine’s
  • Clarion-Ledger
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • Dress Barn
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Fannie Mae
  • FedEx
  • First Horizon/First Tennessee
  • Fred’s
  • Gannett
  • Hattiesburg American
  • Hershey’s
  • Hollywood Casino
  • IBM
  • International Paper
  • Kellogg’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s/Federated Department Stores
  • NIKE
  • Pfizer
  • Raymond James Financial
  • Regions Bank
  • Roadway Express
  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • Sallie Mae
  • Smith & Nephew, Inc.
  • UPS
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo

Some companies, like Khol’s, United Health Care and NIKE, make a cash donation for your volunteer hours. Check with your company’s personnel department.

Employers around the country present their employees with the opportunity to support charities through United Way, a proud partner of Girl Scouts Heart of the South. Please let us know if you choose to designate your United Way contribution to Girl Scouts Heart of the South. Contact lori.gilmore@girlscoutshs.org for more information.

Honorariums and Memorials
Man Enough to be a Girl Scout
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Man Enough to be a Girl Scout is our greatest effort towards getting men more involved in Girl Scouts and girls' lives. When you join the Man Enough Network (M.E.N.) you are pledging to help girls reach their leadership potential and enjoy success as she defines it, because when girls succeed, so does society.

Your membership includes:

• Man Enough to be a Girl Scout men's raglan shirt
• Man Enough to be a Girl Scout fun patch for your daughter(s)
• Commemorative certificate
• Tickets to special Man Enough Events
• Informative emails that give you practical ways to support your girl

 



Everyday Giving (Loyalty & Rewards Programs)

Check out these ways to support Girl Scouts Heart of the South through your everyday activities.

Please note GSHS does not endorse any company or service. However, if you choose to use these services, we appreciate you designating Girl Scouts Heart of the South as a rewards recipient.

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Did you know your Amazon purchase can help Girl Scouts Heart of the South? Just register Girl Scouts Heart of the South on AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchase will be donated to help girls across our region. Shopping just got more fun!

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Heading to pick up bread and milk? Link your Kroger Plus card to Girl Scouts Heart of the South and your purchases open up a world of opportunities for girls. Go to Kroger.com and select Girl Scouts Heart of the South (Organization Number:80624) to receive your Community Rewards. While you earn fuel points, Girl Scouts can earn Community Rewards points!

 

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You can support Girl Scouts Heart of the South free just by shopping online! Use Giving Assistant to shop at 3,000+ popular retailers, including Bed Bath & BeyondKmart, and Target, and they’ll donate as much as 30% of your total purchase price to Girl Scouts Heart of the South. It’s never been easier to change the world—one purchase at a time.

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Getting help with your taxes? H&R Block will contribute $20 to GSHS when customers use their services an any location in the county. Print this flyer (SPANISH VERSION) or give Nonprofit Referral ID 40010001093140. Find a location near you at hrblock.com or blockadvisors.com.

Earn rewards when you give to Girl Scouts Heart of the South. Make a one-time or recurring donation using your Discover or American Express card and earn CashBack or Membership Rewards points for yourself – you give and you get! Go to discover.justgive.org or amex.justgive.org and donate today. Discover and American Express will also happily donate your rewards to provide programs for girls.

 

Helping Hearts Fund

Helping Hearts – A Girl Scout Volunteer Crisis Assistance Fund - provides assistance grants for volunteers in crisis. Girl Scouts Heart of the South needs our volunteers, but there are times when our volunteers need a community of support. As dedicated as our volunteers are to helping us, Girl Scouts is dedicated to making the world a better place for them – and their families – as well.

If you are a friend or family member of a Girl Scouts Heart of the South volunteer who is in need of assistance from the Helping Hearts Fund, please contact contact Lori Gilmore, Senior Director of Advancement & Alumnae Relations, lori.gilmore@girlscoutshs.org, 901.334.3459.

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