of the most effective means of giving to Girl Scouts Heart of the South is
through a planned gift. Gift Planning is the process of carefully selecting the
best method and asset for making a gift while also reducing your burden of
income, capital gains or estate taxes. Such a gift can enable you to make a
lasting impact and join GSHS in building girls of courage, confidence and
character for generations to come!
Scouts Heart of the South’s Planned Giving Challenge is underway. We are grateful to Dianne Belk and Lawrence
Calder for making a planned gift to the Council in 2012. They have also pledged to match other donors
that make a planned gift prior to June of 2014.
more about how Dianne and Lawrence are making a difference nationally here. Please enjoy this story about the deep
connection that they have to our Council.
On Friday, October, 19, 2012 Girl Scouts from
around Sunflower County in Northwest Mississippi hosted a “Meet & Greet”
celebration at the Scout Hut in Indianola for a very special Girl Scout alumna,
Dianne Belk, and her husband, Lawrence Calder. Five troops joined in the
festivities. Troops 30352 and 30279 performed the flag ceremony. Troop
33133 did a skit. Troop 30342 recited the Girl Scout Promise. Troop 30096
from Inverness sang the song “I Believe I Can Fly” and the younger girls from
multi-level Troop 30122 recited a poem, while the older girls performed a
was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. She was the first female
industrial engineering student at Mississippi State University. She arrived at
college with a fistful of scholarships, $5, and her clothes in a brown paper
bag! Just a few short years later, she was the first female engineer in her
Since 1995, Ms. Belk and her husband have focused
their attention on the barriers that young girls face in achieving equality in
the world. She is the Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, formed
especially to honor those on a national level, who like Juliette, have chosen
to remember Girl Scouts in their wills and estate documents.
Ms. Belk has challenged Girl Scouts Heart of the South
to identify others, like herself, who want to make a commitment to Girl
Scouting through a planned gift in their estate planning. Nancy Cochran, Board Member and longtime
volunteer with our Council, has stepped forward as the first to share that she too
has made a planned gift. Nancy is
assisting with the effort to meet the challenge set forth by Ms. Belk by
inviting others to make a new planned gift or inform Girl Scout staff of an
existing gift. Nancy made a special
connection with Dianne during her visit when they realized they both cruised
the Mississippi River on a Girl Scout sponsored trip on “The Mississippi
Mermaid.” The connection led to many
special shared Girl Scout memories.
The Juliette Gordon Low Society honors significant donors to Girl Scouts Heart of the South including those that have included the council in their will or estate plan, or who have made a planned gift to the council during their lifetime. Girl Scouts Heart of the South wishes to acknowledge and thank each member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society for choosing to make a planned gift to Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
Please consider your own planned gift to Girl
Scouts Heart of the South to help ensure special memories for local Girl Scouts
for years to come. For more information, please contact Kimberly Crafton at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Girl Scouts Heart of the South Planned Giving Brochure I Planned Giving Commitment Form
Examples of Planned Giving
Planned gifts continue to meet the needs of girls
for many generations. Additional details are available on our
Here are a few examples of how you can demonstrate
your deep commitment to the girls we serve:
"I bequeath to the Girl Scouts Heart of the
South, the sum of $____ or other property."
A number of plans allow you to make a gift to our
council and still receive an income for yourself or your beneficiaries.
The most common plans are charitable gift annuities that pay you an agreed upon
amount on a regular basis – often more than you are currently receiving in
dividends or interest.
A gift of life insurance is an easy way to support
the council. Making the council the beneficiary of an existing policy
entitles you to claim an income tax deduction. You may also purchase a
new policy and make us both owner and beneficiary.
You can name the council as the beneficiary of
retirement plans, which may allow you to give more than you thought possible while
minimizing taxes that may otherwise reduce these assets.
If you have questions regarding planned
gifts, please contact Kimberly Crafton at email@example.com or