An anti-transgender donation has spurred one Girl Scouts group to make their stance especially clear. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington say that for them, Girl Scouts is for every girl — and they are standing up for that. They recently recieved a donation in the amount of $100k — enough to send 500 girls to camp. Unfortunately, it came with a stipulation: don’t use this money for transgender girls. The group wasn’t willing to discriminate, though, and sent the full amount back to the donor.
Yesterday, the group posted on Facebook, sharing their story.
Recently, we received a $100K donation to help 500 girls participate in Girl Scouts. However, when the donor asked us to guarantee that the money wouldn’t be used to help transgender girls, we gave the money back.
After refunding the anti-transgender donation, the group decided to make up the lost funds by letting supporters of all girls know what had happened. They started an IndieGoGo fund.
On the donation page, the group explains what a massive decision it was to return the donation.
That’s money that would have gone to girls who can’t participate in Girl Scouts without our help. With that support girls can join a troop, go to camp and participate in a multitude of other life-changing Girl Scout experiences even though their families can’t afford to pay for them.
Still, the decision to support all girls, not just the ones that this particular donor thought were acceptable, was an even more important choice. In order to do both, the group sought help from other donors — those who were happy to support every Girl Scout.
The support came rolling in, too. Fifteen hours after the initial post, the Girl Scout group shared an update, saying they had already reached and surpassed the goal of $100k in donations — and were starting to collect further donations that would send as many as another 500 girls to camp this summer.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the fund has raised about $10k over the initial goal and is still growing. If you want to help them stand against anti-transgender discrimination, you can add your donation here.