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Girl Scouts Reject Anti-Transgender Gift, Then Triple the Money

Girl Scouts Reject Anti-Transgender Gift, Then Triple the Money

LA TIMES | The moral dilemma began with a $100,000 check to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington—enough to send 500 girls to summer camp, Scout leaders knew.

But there was a catch. The anonymous donor stipulated in a letter: "Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money."

That caveat was a problem.

"We're an organization dedicated to helping all girls become the best version of themselves and we don't want any barriers in place for their success," said Stefanie Ellis, public relations director of the Western Washington Girl Scouts Council, which counts more than 25,000 active members across 17 counties. "The stipulation attached to that would have been a barrier."

The Scouts returned the money. 

But $100,000 was hard to pass up. So on Monday, the council's online marketing manager launched a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo to try to recoup it with donations.

By Thursday evening, #ForEVERYGirl had raised more than $300,000 — triple the original goal.

A video posted to the IndieGogo page says: "Girl Scouts empowers EVERY girl regardless of her gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, to make the world a better place. We won't exclude ANY girl." It has been viewed tens of thousands of times.

"Yesterday we thought it was a fluke, like, 'This is the best day of our lives and there’s no way it can continue,'" said Kate Dabe, the council's vice president of marketing and communications. "But it did, and it's amazing” … Read the full story!