Giving to Girl Scouts is easy! Your tax-deductible contribution will directly benefit nearly 30,000 girls and adult volunteers in countless ways throughout Greater South Texas.
See what your gift can do:
- $52 provides a girl a starter with supplies for one full year of membership to Girl Scouts
- $300 supports a camp scholarship for a girl to experience an outdoor adventure she’ll never forget
- $416 supports a troop of 8 girls in low income areas
- $988 provides a girl a travel opportunity of her choice through the Girl Scout Destination to experience and learn about other cultures
- $1,500 sponsors an Outreach Program to serve 100 girls at a low-income local school for one year
Watch video here: See how the OUTREACH Program makes a difference in girls lives.
Choose the way to give that best meets your needs and interests:
- Company Matching Gifts
- In-kind Donations
- Memorials & Tributes
- Planned Gifts
Your gift to Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas can have an even greater impact through a matching-gift program. Many local and national companies match employee's contributions to GSGST and support Volunteer Incentive Programs that recognize your Girl Scout volunteer effort with a corporate contribution. Companies with matching-gift programs include:
- Lyondell Bassell
In-kind donations are donations that are "paid or given in goods, commodities, or services instead of money." This includes donations of actual items, labor, or gift cards -- it does not include donations made by cash or check. The rule of thumb is if you can put it in your bank account it is not an in-kind donation.
Please be sure to complete an In-kind Donation Form so that your gift can be acknowledged appropriately. Remember -- because service units and/or troops are not 501(c)(3) entities in accordance with state and federal laws, they cannot request tax-free gifts nor can they issue receipts for tax-free donations. All cash donations of $250 or more or any donations requiring a tax-exempt receipt that are received by troops or service units should be given to the council for documentation. When applicable, the council will issue a receipt and acknowledgment letter and ensure proper disbursement of the funds back to the troop or service unit.
For further questions regarding in-kind donations, please contact (956) 425-2388 or (361) 883-3611
Memorials & Tributes
Birthdays, graduations, holidays...any day can be a special day when you make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. Not only will your gift have special meaning to you and your honoree, but your gift will impact the lives of thousands of girls across Greater South Texas. Gifts can honor friends, family, troop leaders, companies, co-workers -- anyone who is special to you. We will send a personal note to each person, family, or organization that you honor letting them know of your thoughtfulness.
If you are looking for information to include in an obituary regarding memorial gifts, you can refer to the following language: In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas in memory of (name). Checks should be made payable to GSGST and mailed to: Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. Please include a note stating that your gift is in "Memory of (name)."
A planned gift is a donor's commitment to benefit Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas through a gift that takes effect at death or after a term of years. When you include GSGST in your will or other estate plans, you will provide the financial power the organization needs to help future generation of girls receive the best program and the best resources GSGST can provide to help them become their personal best. Planned gifts to GSGST include bequests, life insurance, and retirement plan benefits.
Since the information on this site is not intended as legal, tax, or investment advice, it is highly recommended that prospective donors consult with their own tax or legal advisors prior to making a planned gift.
What would you give to help change the world?
Thousands of women today credit their successes in life to the values and skills learned through their participation in Girl Scouts. Two-thirds of the women who are today's leaders in government, business, education, medicine, science, and in their communities were once Girl Scouts.
Help to Change the World!
The Girl Scout program has a significant impact on the lives of young girls and their communities here in southwest Texas. Your gift can make a big difference:
Thanks for your Support!
We can never say it enough... THANKS for contributing to building girls of courage, confidence and character who help to make the world a better place.
An investment in Girl Scouts is broader than a cause or a cure.
Girl Scouting exists to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. As the world's largest organization of girls, we hone the leadership skills and provide the opportunities to make an impact. But it's the girls who set the agenda. The idea of changing the world doesn't intimidate them. The world is already their community, and they have already helped change it.
Imagine a new generation of leaders who lead in a new way.
Who lead out of principle rather than pride.
Who step across barriers of class and race everyday.
Who seek out the work that needs doing in the world,
and bring boundless energy to every challenge.
Girl Scouts throughout the region selflessly gave to causes close to their hearts; including abused or neglected animals, children and seniors in need, as well as the military and their families.
Where would those in need be without Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts & Leadership
For nearly a century, Girl Scouts has produced leaders who have excelled in every segment of our American life. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls age 5-17 discover themselves and their values, connect with other girls, and take action to make the world a better place.
So what's standing in their way?
Today's girls represent humanity's largest untapped talent pool. Too many urgent challenges go unmet because too few girls become leaders. Yet only one girl in five believes that she has what it takes to lead the way for others. Simple things can be barriers: 41 percent of girls are uncomfortable speaking to a group, many girls feel embarrassed in a leadership role, and 39 percent have been put down by peers when they've tried to lead.
As a society, we lose something every time a girl doesn't raise her hand in school. We are poorer every time she doesn't say what's on her mind. Our future is a little bit smaller every time a girl chooses not to lead.
Leadership experiences for girls
are what make Girl Scouting unique.
We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies. The journey begins with the Girl Scout environment itself. A girl's leadership potential blooms among other girls -- away from school pressures, social cliques, and boys -- where she can be herself and try new things. Among Girl Scouts, activities are girl-led. She learns by doing, and the learning is cooperative, not competitive.
To discover who she can be, she needs access to wise adults who both inspire her and respect her. Our more than 8,000 adult volunteers do this every day.
To discover what she can do, she needs participation opportunities as varied as the world -- so she can "try on" different leadership roles and grow into the ones that fit her best.
Diversity was the founding idea of Girl Scouting in 1912. Today we serve girls in every U.S. ZIP code. We serve girls in urban community centers and girls incarcerated in detention centers. We serve girls in churches, temples and mosques.
There is only one qualification for being a Girl Scout.
You have to be a girl. That's it.
Across income and demographic groups, our membership virtually mirrors the U.S population.
We look like America, and we change with America: Latinas in Girl Scouts have surged by 44 percent in the last five years. Locally, 59 percent of girls and 36 percent of adult volunteers are Latina.
Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstance, we help them learn to be safe, think for themselves, and lead the way for others.
Diversity of Membership
Girl Scouts & Military
There is a long history of Girl Scouts supporting our nation's armed forces, beginning in the movement's earliest years when Girl Scouts rolled bandages for soliders during World War I and planted victory gardens and sold war bonds during World War II.
Today, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas serves families at each of the four military installations within its region, as well as countless families of retired military or civilian personnel.
Each year, nearly 1,300 Girl Scouts provide more than 2,600 hours of community service directly to the military and their families.
Girl Scouts honor the fallen by placing flags on graves on Memorial Day. They honor veterans by laying red ribbons at appropriate headstones in recognition of Veteran's Day, and send hundreds of handmade cards to service men & women on Valentine's Day.
The tradition of service to those who defend our country continues.