Millions of individuals and families are served by the essential work of America's public charities such as Girl Scouts. This service is helped by incentives for charitable giving in our tax code. Thanks to your support, this past summer, in partnership with others from the nonprofit sector, Girl Scouts achieved an amazing victory when the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved charitable giving legislation. However, differences with the Senate stalled progress. Now, as Congress returns for a post-election session, we need your help to make these charitable tax provisions permanent.
Girl Scouts is supporting the House-passed proposal in the American Gives More Act (H.R. 4719) that would extend the deadline, to April 15, for making charitable contributions donated in the previous year. Further, the proposal would reinstate the IRA rollover that allows individuals age 70 1/2 and older to donate from their IRA to charities without being taxed.
Thank you again for helping us get the charitable giving bill passed in the House--and please join us now in sending a strong message to Congress to permanently pass this important legislation. No doubt the effort will encourage philanthropy and increase our capacity to serve more girls.
The laws governing nonprofit organizations draw a distinction between lobbying activities and electioneering activities. Electioneering is defined as participating in the electoral process by promoting particular candidates for office. While GSUSA encourages councils to actively work with and lobby their public officials on issues on the Girl Scout legislative agenda, it is important to remember that any type of electioneering in your official Girl Scout capacity is prohibited. Such activity is a direct violation of the tax law that governs non-profit organizations. You may, however, campaign on behalf of a political candidate as an individual without reference to your role as a Girl Scout.
The official GSUSA policy on electioneering is as follows:Political and Legislative ActivityGirl Scouts of the United States of America and any Girl Scout council or other organization holding a Girl Scouts of the United States of America credential may not, nor may they authorize anyone on their behalf to, participate or intervene directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; or participate in any legislative activity or function which contravenes the laws governing tax-exempt organizations.(Blue Book of Basic Documents 2012)
For more details, please review the Electioneering Practices and Guidelines.
As Congress considers federal research and STEM programs, Troop Capitol Hill Co-chairs Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Kay Granger (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill to inspire and support girls and underrepresented minorities to enter the STEM workforce.
H.R. 4161, the 21st Century STEM for Underrepresented Students Act, would allow the National Science Foundation to provide funding to evaluate programs aimed for out-of-school or summer activities that engage underrepresented students in grades kindergarten through 8th in STEM.
The House Science Committee included the exact language in its comprehensive effort to reauthorize important research and science programs at several federal agencies – an important step towards enactment.
Please use the Take Action button to send a message of thanks to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) for his support of our efforts to see girls succeed and become interested in science, technology, engineering or math fields. Take Action!
The State of Girls: Unfinished Business is a groundbreaking report from the Girl Scout Research Institute that stakes out key issues and major trends affecting girls' leadership and healthy development in the U.S. today. A report of this magnitude and breadth focusing specifically on girls has never been conducted, making it a much-needed resource in the field. As the "voice for and of girls," Girl Scouts believes it is critical for those who support girls to have up to date, accurate information about the state of girls' physical, social and psychological well-being.
The report finds that while there is promising news for girls in areas such as their educational attainment, many girls are being left behind, and not all girls are faring the same. In particular, black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls face significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood. However, we know that "data is not destiny" and Girl Scouting is committed to ensuring all girls reach their full potential.
Review the full report and more resources.
On October 30, 2013, CEO Jane Christyson, Gold Awardee Julia Fink and Board Member Nancy Lignoski represented GSNEO in Columbus. They attended the women legislative breakfast at the Statehouse and shared important ways Girl Scouts are taking action in Ohio. Julia did a great job explaining her Gold Award project and helping call the legislators up for pinning.
Ohio Girl Scout councils rally legislators around the “State of the Girl”
As Girl Scouts boldly enters its second century of building girls of courage, confidence and character, four Ohio Girl Scout councils are rallying women legislators to advocate for issues affecting Ohio’s girls and young women. To kick off this effort, the four Ohio Girl Scout Councils hosted a “State of the Girl” forum at the Ohio Statehouse on Oct. 30, 2013. Ohio’s 32 women legislators were pinned as members of the Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912, during the event.
Legislative Update from our CEO 9-13-2013.
2013 Girl Scout State Legislative Agenda
One hundred years after the Girl Scouts’ national founding in 1912, four Ohio Girl Scout councils have called on the state’s women legislators to advocate for issues affecting girls and young women in 2012 and beyond.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, chief executive officers from Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, North East Ohio, Ohio’s Heartland, and Western Ohio Councils gathered at the Ohio Statehouse to pin Ohio’s 30 women legislators into Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912.
Girl Scouts’ legislative focus encompasses: promoting girls' physical, social and emotional health; increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math; advancing the cause of girls in leadership; and strengthening their financial literacy. Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912 will serve as an advocate for girls and young women in those areas and help educate branches of Ohio government about the issues and barriers that hinder girls and young women from opportunities to excel. Serving as co-chairs of the troop are state Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland).
Susan Thompson, Dr. Daisy Alford-Smith, Tammy H. Wharton, and Roni Luckenbill, CEOs of the four respective Ohio Girl Scout councils, represented their councils at the event. They were joined by state Rep. Gonzales, Sen. Smith, and Stephanie Owen, communication director from the office of Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and Erin Shannon, community relations manager at White Castle System Inc., the event’s sponsor.
Be the Voice For Girls! The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides tools for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Through the Girl Scout Advocacy Network website you can swiftly take action on the following issues:
Check out the tool at the Advocacy website that helps you find your elected officials!
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