Additional Group Money-Earning Activities
Product sales are a great way to earn the funds necessary for girls to travel or carry out Take Action projects. If income from the product sale isn’t enough, however, girls have more options available to them. Although you cannot resell products, you can offer services, such as the following:
- Cell phones for refurbishment
- Used ink cartridges turned in for money
- Christmas tree recycling
- Brat fry or spaghetti dinner
- Themed meals, like high tea, Indian meal, Mexican dinner (if girls are earning money for travel, tie the meal to their destination)
- Service-a-thon (people sponsor a girl doing service; funds go to support trip)
- Babysitting for holiday (New Year’s Eve) or council events
- Raking leaves, weeding, cutting grass, shoveling snow, walking pets
- Cooking class or other specialty class
Collaborating with Sponsors and Other Organizations
Sponsors help Girl Scout councils ensure that all girls in the community have an opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting. Community organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals may be sponsors and may provide group meeting places, volunteer their time, offer in-kind donations, provide activity materials, or loan equipment. The sponsor’s contribution can then be recognized by arranging for the girls to send thank-you cards, inviting the sponsor to a meeting or ceremony, or working together on a Take Action project.
For information on working with a sponsor, consult Manitou Council; it can give you guidance on the availability of sponsors, recruiting responsibility, and any council policies or practices that must be followed. Manitou Council may already have relationships with certain organizations, or may know of some reasons not to collaborate with certain organizations.
With the prior approval of the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council, adult members in their Girl Scout capacity may solicit financial contributions for the purpose of Girl Scouting in which the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council is the beneficiary. All money received is to be administered by and for the benefit of the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council.
When collaborating with any other organization, keep these additional guidelines in mind:
- Avoiding fundraising for other organizations: Girl Scouts, in their Girl Scout capacities, may not solicit money for other organizations or participate in walkathons or telethons or similar activities that raise funds for other organizations. Girl members may support other organizations through service projects or a donation from their troop treasury. Some examples of suitable service projects to support other organizations include stuffing envelopes, delivering informational pamphlets to businesses, helping to organize and catalog books for a library book sale, serving as aides, or providing recordkeeping assistance.
- Steering clear of political fundraisers: When in an official Girl Scout capacity or in any way identifying yourselves as Girl Scouts, your group may not participate (directly or indirectly) in any political campaign or work on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. Letter-writing campaigns are not allowed, nor is participating in a political rally, circulating a petition, or carrying a political banner.
- Being respectful when collaborating with religious organizations: Girl Scout groups must respect the opinions and practices of religious partners, but no girl should be required to take part in any religious observance or practice of the sponsoring group.
- Avoiding selling or endorsing commercial products: “Commercial products” is any product sold at retail. Since 1939, Girl Scouts have not been allowed to endorse, provide a testimonial for, or sell such products.
Solicitations of Corporations and Foundations
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