The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have always welcomed transgender girls into their ranks. Way back in 2012, a Girl Scout troop was making headlines for welcoming a 7-year-old transgender scout. But the Girl Scouts' position on transgender scouts is being thrust back in the spotlight after an anonymous donation to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington drew controversy. The $100,000 check came with this request: "Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls."
"If you can't, please return the money," the donor's note concluded.
And that's exactly what the Girl Scouts of Western Washington did, sending the check back and starting an IndieGoGo campaign instead. The controversy from the strange donor's request and the outpouring of support for the Girl Scouts' position turned the campaign into an overnight success. The scouts raised over $100,000 in the first day, from over 2,000 donors. The organization lays out its mission statement in this campaign description: "$100,000 is a lot of money. In fact, it’s almost a third of our entire financial assistance program for this year – and girls need this support now. That’s why losing this gift is such a big deal ... Our vision at Girl Scouts of Western Washington is that EVERY girl in our region — regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location — is empowered to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world."
At time of writing, the Girl Scouts' IndieGoGo campaign has raised $249,080.