Way to go! You are taking the first steps in expanding your girls’ opportunities.
Helping girls plan, budget, earn and manage money is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls learn the important skills of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics through Girl Scouts’ Fall Product and Cookie Programs. Additional Council-approved Troop Fundraising – through either Money Earning Activities or Adult Fundraising – provide opportunities beyond Cookie and Fall Product Program proceeds.
Girl Scout Daisies are not allowed to participate in money-earning activities outside of the Council-sponsored product programs.
Troops and Service Units may not apply for corporate or foundation grants without prior Council approval.
Answer these simple questions:
If the answer to all these questions is “YES!” – Congratulations!
Please continue to STEP 2 to understand Troop Fundraising basics.
GSUSA’s Blue Book of Basic Documents specifies “All money raised, or earned, and other assets received in the name of and for the benefit of Girl Scouting must be authorized by a Girl Scout Council or Girl Scouts of the USA and used for the purposes of Girl Scouting. Such monies and other assets become the property of and are administered by the Girl Scout Council or GSUSA. Such assets are not the property of individuals, geographic units, or communities within the Girl Scout Council.”
Donations of $250 or more must be received by Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road. Once the Donation Authorization Form is completed and approved, GSKWR will accept and acknowledge the contribution as a nonprofit organization on behalf of the requesting troop/group. GSKWR will transfer donated funds to the troop/group once they are received. If a donor contributes less than $250 and requests an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, the donation must be received by GSKWR and a Donation Authorization Form must be completed.
Troops and Service Units may not apply for corporate or foundation grants without prior Council approval. For more information, please visit Volunteer Essentials Troop Finances under the Money-Earning Basics for Troops drop down header.
Please let us know your ideas and plans so we can guide and support you. Start with your Membership Team, and they will help guide you through the process.
Please continue to STEP 3 to determine which kind of fundraising activity you want to plan and how to ask for the Council’s support.
Basically, the main difference is who will be planning and organizing. Both require a specific form to be completed and submitted to the Council. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Money Earning Activities refer to activities that follow a budget and are planned and carried out by girls in partnership with adults to earn money for the troop/group.
Adult Fundraising refers to a relationship between an adult Girl Scout volunteer and a donor – one in which the donor lends support to the troop/group in the form of money or products/services to benefit a specific, budgeted activity for the troop/group. These donors may receive a tax deduction, as allowable by law. Girls are not allowed to solicit these funds.*
*please reference "Highest Awards" section below for details.
More questions? Check out Fundraising Facts here!
Only Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors may solicit philanthropic donations for Girl Scout Gold Award Projects. These donations may be in-kind goods or funds, and girls must have secured prior written permission from the designated Council staff.
Bronze or Silver Award Girl Scouts cannot solicit cash or in-kind donations. A Junior or Cadette Girl Scout cannot "ask" for any donation for her Bronze or Silver Award project. She can present her project, dressed in uniform, but an Adult Volunteer must make the ask.
Girls should earn funds by providing a service or product. They should also be learning while earning, even if they just learn they have to work hard and as a team to meet their goals.
The Criteria for Money Earning Activities are: