Volunteer Orientation Handbook
Troop Money Management
Money raised in the name of Girl Scouting is the property of the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council and not the property of individuals, service units or associations. Funds from group money-earning projects will remain with the troop treasury and are not the property of individuals. Troop money belongs to the entire troop and decisions on its use and spending will be made through the troop's system of troop government. GSMC Policy
Girl Scout troops are financed by dues, money-earning activities, and a share of money earned through council-sponsored cookie sale activities. Purchases made for use by Girl Scouts are exempt from taxation under the Wisconsin Sales and Use Tax Law pursuant to sec. 77.54(9a), Wisconsin Statutes. A tax-exempt card will be provided annually to troops.
Troops may have money-earning activities provided that the troop has or intends to participate in the annual cookie sale, the money earning activity does not conflict with the annual cookie sale, or require the girls or adults to solicit money or go door-to-door. GSMC Policy
Group money-earning activities need to be suited to the ages and abilities of the girls and consistent with the goals and principles of the Girl Scout program. Some examples include making items and selling them; washing cars; putting on meals or dances for families; providing a gift-wrapping service; recycling beverage cans; working at special events in the community. Product demonstration parties, raffles, drawings, games of chance, the direct solicitation of cash, and the sale or endorsement of commercial products are examples of inappropriate money-earning activities. GSUSA Guideline
Group money-earning activities may not be held during the council-sponsored cookie sale ordering and delivery times (dates will vary—contact membership development manager for guidance.)
Girl Scouts may not raise money for other organizations.
Important: Group money-earning activities must be approved by the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council. Please refer to www.gsmanitou.org for the Council Approval Application - Group Money-Earning Activities.