Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England Included in Historical GSUSA Planned Giving Challenge
Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Activate Entire Girl Scout Movement
with a Historical Planned Giving Challenge
The groundbreaking Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-wide
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) announced that they will be the recipient of planned gifts as a result of the $1.2 million Movement-wide planned giving challenge initiative by Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder. Both the national headquarters of Girl Scouts of the USA and 101 other Girl Scout councils across the country will also be the beneficiaries of planned gifts calculated at more than $30 million thanks to the planned giving challenge.
Planned Giving Challenge inspired 843 new planned gifts to benefit Girl Scout councils
across the country, with a total impact exceeding $30 million.
The Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-wide Planned Giving Challenge inspired Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England to maximize the impact of this generous gift. Throughout 2018, GSSNE worked to meet the challenge by securing new planned gifts and educating its board and volunteers about planned giving. Each of the 102 councils that met the challenge will receive a $10,000 planned gift from Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder and an additional $4,000 gift from Erik and Eva Andersen.
A Girl Scout alum who earned the organization’s highest award—the Girl Scout Gold Award—as a girl member, Dianne Belk is the founding chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, which celebrates those who have made a planned gift to Girl Scouts. 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. A planned gift is made through a donor’s will or estate plan.
“As a farm girl from very limited means and with even fewer options, Girl Scouts was my ticket to exploring the world’s opportunities,” said Dianne Belk. “I owe so much of my success to 12 years in Girl Scouts and the impact that it had on my goals, values, and character.”
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 every girl in every zip code having access to crucial, life-changing, girl-led programming that will launch her into a lifetime of leadership.
“As a Girl Scout Alum who personally knows the impact of Girl Scouting,” said Pam Hyland, CEO of GSSNE, “and who witnesses the transformation in girls and adults locally, I am proud to be a member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society through a planned gift in my will.”
To learn more about how may can include GSSNE in your Planned Giving, visit http://www.gssne.org/en/support/ways-to-give.html.