Community organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals may be sponsors and may provide group meeting places, volunteer their time, offer in-kind donations, provide activity materials, or loan equipment. (Sponsorship Form) must be submitted to the Troop Support. The sponsor’s contribution can then be recognized by arranging for the girls to send thank-you cards, inviting the sponsor to a meeting or ceremony, or working together on a Take Action project. The troop is required to have a bank account independent of the sponsor. When collaborating with any other organization, keep these additional guidelines in mind:
- Soliciting Sponsorship: Troop/Groups and Communities may solicit contributions from local businesses. A local business is defined as a business whose primary customer base is confined to a local area or neighborhood (e.g. your physicians group, “mom and pop” bakery, and car dealership). If referred to a regional, district or corporate office, please stop and contact GSTF Fund Development Dept for approval.
- Monetary Sponsorships: All Troop/Group sponsorship applications or gifts of over $250 require prior Council approval. Any contributions of more than $250 must be submitted to the Council office in order to provide proper acknowledgments as per IRS regulations and Council gift acceptance policies and procedures. Due to the strict IRS and reporting standards volunteers may not apply for grant funding of any kind. Generally a grant requires a formal application to be submitted. If asked to complete more than a simple donation request form or to submit an IRS Tax Determination letter, please contact Fund Development.
- Avoid fundraising for other organizations: Girl Scouts are not allowed, when identifying ourselves as Girl Scouts (such as wearing a uniform, a sash or vest, official pins, and so on), to solicit money on behalf of another organization. This includes participating in a walkathon or telethon while in uniform. You and your group can, however, support another organization through take-action projects. Girl Scouts as individuals are able to participate in whatever events they choose, as long as they’re not wearing anything that identifies them as “Girl Scouts.”
- Be respectful when collaborating with religious organizations: Girl Scout groups must respect the opinions and practices of religious partners, but no girl should be required to
take part in any religious observance or practice of the sponsoring group.
- Steer clear of political fundraisers: When in an official Girl Scout capacity or identified as
Girl Scouts, your group may not participate (directly or indirectly) in any political campaign or work on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. Letter-writing campaigns are not allowed, nor are participation in a political rally, circulating a petition, or carrying a political banner.
- Avoid selling or endorsing commercial products: “Commercial products” are is any
products sold at retail. Since 1939, girls and volunteers have not been allowed to endorse, provide a testimonial for, or sell such products.