Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Receives $2.8M Donation from MacKenzie Scott

Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) announced a $2.8 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This gift is part of an $84.5 million donation awarded to Girl Scouts of the USA and 29 local councils selected by Scott, making this investment the largest donation from a single individual in the national organization’s history. Locally, the gift will expand access to Girl Scout programming across central and northern Arizona, including the Navajo Nation. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona received a separate gift to support its local area.

“It is an honor to be stewards of this incredible gift as it solidifies how strongly our community recognizes Girl Scouts as the premier organization serving girls,” said Christina Spicer, co-CEO of GSACPC. “Every day, we help girls discover their untapped potential and watch them become the leaders our community needs, so when philanthropists like MacKenzie Scott invest in a girl-led future, it changes the world.”

This gift to GSACPC will empower leadership opportunities for girls through the advancement of the organization’s mission, expand its impact and advance the organization’s recovery from the effects of COVID-19. The support allows the organization to expand access to Girl Scout programming across central and northern Arizona that reflect a girl’s cultural needs and lived experiences. This includes innovation around older girls, a mobile building space to travel across the jurisdiction and an investment in current delivery models that will help attract and retain girls.

In addition, the donation will be utilized to create more equitable membership opportunities in communities that have been under-engaged. This includes Diversity Equity Inclusion and Racial Justice initiatives, reimagining the troop experience model to break down accessibility barriers and partnering with families and communities to holistically support the wellbeing and development of all girls.

Support will also sustain membership retention and growth by investing in volunteer systems, new models for member support staff and enhancing council-led support around the cookie program.

Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. In partnership with 6,500 adult volunteers, the nonprofit serves over 11,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona.

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Julie Coleman is a contributing writer for Frontdoors Media and helps individuals, families and businesses maximize the impact of their philanthropy.
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