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!"