The cost to support one girl member of courage, confidence, and
character for one year is $594.00.
It’s hard to place a price tag on the value of our programs and the
life-changing benefits felt by our girls, but the facts have shown
that it costs $594.00 to support one girl member of courage,
confidence, and character for one full year. Without the financial
support of our donors, our organization would not be able to do what
it does and be able to have a positive impact on generations of girls.
You can help be a part of that impact.
Where does the money come from?
Nominal fees are charged for our programs, but these fees are
subsidized to a great extent in order to make our programs – including
summer camp – affordable for ALL girls.
These subsidies come from product sales (like the Girl Scout Cookie
Program), Girl Scout Shop sales and from philanthropic donations –
from individuals, civic groups, corporations, and private foundations.
Philanthropic efforts help us provide camperships to girls who could
not otherwise afford to attend camp as well as provide financial
assistance to girls who need help purchasing books, uniform pieces,
and membership dues.
It also allows us to maintain communications with parents, girls,
and volunteers, provide volunteer training, maintain our properties
and facilities, and purchase camp equipment like canoes and tents.
Philanthropic donations – including grants, corporate contributions,
special events, and donations from many individual “Friends of Girl
Scouting” – help cover the council costs that product sales, camp
fees, and program fees do not cover.
When you compare the costs of other girl activities, like dance,
soccer, ice skating, and music lessons, Girl Scouting is a remarkable
bargain. Each girl is only required to pay $35 each year: $25/year
national membership dues and a $10 council service fee.
You can read more about GSSNE’s finances by accessing our Fiscal Year 2020 Form 990 or our 2020 Annual
Report (view as PDF).