Girl Scouts return $100k donation after donor says it can't be used for transgender girls

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Girl Scouts of Western Washington has returned $100,000 after the donor requested the funds not be used to support transgender girls.
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The Girl Scouts of Western Washington has returned a $100,000 gift after the donor requested it not be used for transgender girls.

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In May, a donor gave $100,000 to the the Girl Scouts organization, which said it was initially "thrilled" by the gesture. The money would have gone to 500 girls who wanted to join the group but couldn't without financial assistance.

"With that support girls can join a troop, go to camp and participate in a multitude of other life-changing Girl Scout experiences even though their families can't afford to pay for them," the organization wrote on its IndieGoGo page.

But shortly after sending the gift, the donor sent a follow-up message requesting that the money "not be used to support transgender girls," according to the group.

"The relationship is complex," Megan Ferland, CEO of the Girl Scouts for that region, told the Seattle Met. Ferland also stated she was "very sad" when she got the donor's follow-up letter.

In response to the donor's request, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington ended up returning the $100,000, and started a grassroots campaign to raise that money on its own.

In just one day, the organization has raised over $165,000 from over 3,000 online funders. The group also began the #ForEVERYGirl hashtag on Twitter, with many users offering their messages of support.

Now the Girl Scouts of Western Washington is hoping to raise money for more than 2,000 girls who need financial assistance.

"We believe that together we can make sure that EVERY one of these girls has the chance to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world," the group said on its fundraising page.