The Second Century Circle
To deepen the commitment and support of our most generous and community-minded investors, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta launched the Second Century Circle in early 2013. The formation of this major giving society coincides with the 101st anniversary of Girl Scouting and launches a new vision for Girl Scouts’ growth and innovation. The Second Century Circle exemplifies to the greater Atlanta community that an investment in girls – and Girl Scouts in particular – is an investment in the pipeline for high-achieving, high-performing women who are used to exercising leadership.
What does my Second Century Circle investment support?
Second Century investments support direct expenses for:
- 300 programs, program events like the Cookie Rally teaching girls about entrepreneurship and SuperSTEM exposing girls to science and technology;
- 5 camp sites;
- Training to empower 18,000+ adult volunteers with the skills needed to effectively mentor and support 41,000 girls;
- College scholarships for qualified Gold Award winners;
- Outreach initiatives to under-served communities;
Indirect expenses such as insurance and background checks for our volunteers.
Girl Scouts today explore more than just the wilderness. They build robots, learn how to program computers, and develop iPhone apps. They gain exposure to basic horsemanship, refine their outdoor cooking skills and push past their fears on a challenge course. Girl Scouts not only learn valuable skills, but also mentor younger Scouts, implement community improvement projects, meet great friends, and help make the world a better place. In fact, every year over 1.5 million hours of service are provided to the Greater Atlanta community by our local Girl Scout members. Ultimately, these experiences help to develop this next generation of leaders.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta spends 83 cents of every dollar on programmatic services for girls. Per the most recently audited fiscal year 2012, 8% of the Council’s expenses were spent on administration and 9% on fund raising. The expense budget for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta for fiscal year (FY) 2014 is $16.7 million. The revenue budget for FY2014 is $15.2 million. Of that budget, $9.4 million (62%) is revenue generated through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the fall Chocolate & Magazine program, $3.95 million (26%) is raised through camps, stores, and other events, $1.85 million (12%) is raised through contributed income.