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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council receives $4.2 million gift

Written by Lindsay Tooker

Girls Scouts of San Jacinto announced Tuesday it has received $4.2 million from MacKenzie Scott.

Scott donated a total of $84.5 million to Girls Scouts of the USA and 29 councils across the country, the largest donation from a single person in the 110-year history of the national organization.

Mary Vitek, CEO of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, said in a press release about the gift: “We are truly humbled and grateful for this generous gift and for MacKenzie Scott’s trust in our mission. This gift not only emphasizes the importance of supporting the next generation of female leaders, but it also acknowledges the work of our volunteers and support of our local donors and community. It ensures we can advance our efforts to provide girls with meaningful experiences and equitable access to our leadership development program, so they are empowered and equipped to lead.”

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto provides programming to more than 35,000 girls across 26 counties in southeast Texas. The Council plans to utilize the gift for the following priorities:

  • Enhancing camps by adding new high-adventure programs, upgrading units to be accessible year-round and more resilient to weather events, and creating spaces that foster inclusion and belonging for all girls.
  • Advancing meaningful program innovation informed by the current interests and needs of girls to prepare them for leadership, including an expanded focus on mental wellness.
  • Allowing Girl Scouts of San Jacinto to maintain equitable access to the organization’s mission by restoring and deepening programs in underserved communities.

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Lindsay Tooker

Lindsay has worked professionally in the nonprofit world since 2006 in both programmatic and development roles. She graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Communication, and has specialized in grant writing and fundraising communications for more than five years.
Lindsay is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Junior League.