Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, Inc. | Who We Are | Donors FAQ

to get her there

Donor FAQs

  • My daughter paid a $15 registration fee to participate in Girl Scouts. Why does the council need donations in addition to membership dues? 
    The Girl Scout membership fee that is paid at registration is sent directly to the national Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters in New York to cover the cost of insurance, program development, and other services of the national organization. The money is not retained by our council, and no part of your registration helps pay for the direct service your daughter receives. 

  • What does my contribution do for my daughter?
    Financial support from the community for Girl Scouting is very important and benefits all girls who participate. Your contribution, along with those from other individual adults, organizations, and foundations, provides materials, programs, training and support for your daughter and her troop leader. Your contribution shows that you care about the healthy development of young girls and that you value the Leadership Development experiences your daughter will enjoy as a Girl Scout. Your contribution is also a good example for your daughter and reinforces the concept that when one receives a benefit, one should give back.

  • How does making a donation on behalf of the girls of Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, Inc. benefit me?
    You benefit in three important ways—you get a feeling of satisfaction in helping the Girl Scouts remain a vital force within our community, so that girls—all girls—may take advantage of the benefits and opportunities offered by Girl Scouting…AND…because Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana is a non-profit corporation under section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Moreover, you will be publicly acknowledged yearly in newsletters that are widely distributed throughout the communities in our council.

  • My daughter is in a troop and I give her money for what she needs. Why is it important to contribute more?
    The money you give your daughter for her troop supports her troop activities only. Troop money is not used for council services. It costs Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana nearly $150 per girl last year to provide services such as training and supporting troop leaders, camping opportunities, and council-wide activities for all age levels. Your daughter benefited from that support, too, and will continue to do so as she matures in Girl Scouts. 

  • Since Girl Scouts sell so many cookies, doesn’t the council already have a reliable funding source? 
    Although the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program is one successful part of our funding, we can not rely on cookie sale revenues alone to ensure that Girl Scouting continues to meet the needs of girls in southwestern Indiana. The annual cookie program only accounts for 60% of the money it takes to deliver our program each year. Our goal is to generate the remaining support our program needs through multiple, diverse revenue streams that help to ensure that girls today and tomorrow receive the best Girl Scouting has to offer. We depend on those who benefit directly from participation in Girl Scouts to close the gap between cookie revenues and what it truly costs to serve our girls. 

  • I already give my time as a troop leader. Why should I be expected to donate money, too?
    Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana’s most valuable asset is the volunteer time you and others give as leaders. However, any additional support you give to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana will ensure that the program is financially secure and will continue to be there for every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout, even after your Girl Scouts are grown. 

  • My company has a Matching Gift (or volunteer hours) program. Will that help?
    Yes! Employer Matching Gift and Volunteer Hours Programs are an excellent way to increase your contribution to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana. Contact your company’s personnel department to determine whether such programs are offered and if so, how you can participate on behalf of Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana. 

  • May I talk to someone further about donating? 
    Yes. Contact Fund Development for more information. (See side bar below.)

If you have questions, suggestions or comments regarding donationscontact:


Chief Development Officer ext 326
Fund Development Assistant ext 323


Click on the following link to donate to GSSI:
Donate to GSSI Online Now With

Network for Good is a "donor-advised fund," which is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that collects contributions from donors and distributes those contributions to other nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations in good standing with the IRS as recommended by you, the donor. Your credit card statement therefore lists Network for Good and not the charity on this page because your donation is to our donor-advised fund. Network for Good then forwards the contribution to your charity on your behalf. As required by the IRS, Network for Good has exclusive legal control over donations to our donor-advised fund. All donations are final and may not be refunded.