2020 Annual Report

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Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

re-sil-ience noun


1. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness: “Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” - Mary Holloway 2. A Girl Scout on a mission. “Girl Scouts are go-getters who turn challenges into opportunities to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts lead with resilience.”

A Story of Resilience Dear Girl Scout Family As we reflect upon 2020, it’s a tale of two realities. One reality resides in the first six months of our fiscal year with the familiar happenings at GSGLA--in-person troop meetings with excited girls, hugs, and high-fives, and program activities with girls fearlessly planning their Girl Scout leadership experiences. Then, in a matter of just a few weeks, the world stopped and a new reality descended. A two-week quarantine to slow the spread of Covid-19 turned into two more weeks, then turned into months. In the wake of the pandemic and uncertainty, something powerful and strong emerged: our resilient girls. As we transformed in-person programming into unique virtual experiences, we were profoundly aware that our mission was more important than ever. We leveraged our organization’s strength and talent to deliver our core pillars of STEM, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and even Outdoors, with “camp in a box” delivered safely to the homes of girls across our Council. Girl Scouts was never canceled. In this 2020 report, we share some of the stories of girls in our community who have made the world a better place during the pandemic. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating all our girls, their achievements, and our collective successes. As you read through these pages, you will see your investment in action. We have delivered programming to girls exactly wherever they were, throughout the pandemic. Our girls rose to the challenge--putting leadership to action and making the world a better place, despite their confinement to home. We are strong. We are resilient. We are Girl Scouts, and we are the future. Because you are making the world a better place for girls, girls are making the world a better place for everyone. Thank you. Yours in Girl Scouting,

Theresa Edy Kiene Chief Executive Officer

Shelley B. Thompson Board of Directors Chair

GSGLA CEO Theresa Edy Kiene & Board Chair Shelley B. Thompson


Board of Directors CEO Theresa Edy Kiene

Dr. Judy Ho, Ph.D, ABPP, ABPdN


Sue Callaway Kelly

Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist


Glovebox Media

Shelley B. Thompson

Bill Nelson



Denise Gutches FilmLA, Inc


Ellen Swarts Spectrum Chemical Mfg. Corp


Michelle C. Wroan

HR Executive

Jim Niemiec Southern California Edison

Erin Oremland ICM Partners

Andy Park EY

Anna Tom


BBVA Compass


Tania Van Herle

Erin Dawkins House of Taylor

DIRECTORS Mia Britel Deloitte Consulting LLP

Juanita Dawson Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Monique Earl L.A. Dept. of Transportation 4

GSGLA is the largest girl-serving organization in Southern California.

Harley Ellis Devereaux


Community Members

Community members are valued advisors who serve on board committees, lending their expertise to specific areas of board oversight.

Anna Armstrong Armstrong & Walker Landscape Architecture

Dean Catalano Capital Group

Patricia A. Crider Accounting Executive

Renee Fraser Fraser Communications

Linda Griffey Attorney

Honorable Sandra R. Klein United States Bankruptcy Judge

Kathryn E. Nielsen Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group

Kathy Richards Marketing & Advertising Executive

Karin Berger Stellar Morris & Berger

Lannie Tonnu Orthopedic Institute for Children

Mieke Velghe EY

Arlene Falk Withers 6

Executive Coach

“GIRL SCOUTS has been SUPPORTIVE of my mental health as it has consistently KEPT PROGRAMS GOING. It did a good job at moving online and PROVIDING some NORMALCY in these difficult times.” - Mia T., Ambassador Girl Scout

Our Members

Girl Member Race & Ethnicity 0.43% 0.34%

0.59% 4.57%

43,618 Girl members served

4.86% 34.45%


21,369 Adult members supported



Girl Scout Troops



New Troops formed


Not Reported

Asian American

American Indian



Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Chose not to share

Girls served in low-income communities



Girl retention


Black/African American

Girls received financial assistance

35.83% of total identifed as Hispanic

84 After School Partners

*Percent of girl membership is based on responses of those who self-identified, from 33,126 girl members who provided data.


The Girl Scout Alum Difference: A Lifetime of Courage, Confidence, & Character To understand the long-term benefits of Girl Scouting and earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) conducted a national study with 1,000 Girl Scout alums, 800 women who were never Girl Scouts, and 922 Gold Award Girl Scout alums. This study confirms what Girl Scouts have known all along: Girl Scouting builds girls and women of courage, confidence, and character who lead in their lives, at work, and in their communities.

Alums at a Glance • More than a third of women in the United States were Girl Scouts at some point in their lives. • There are currently more than 50 million Girl Scout alums. • Girl Scout alums say they have Girl Scouting to thank for many of their life achievements. Girl Scouts: – Set them on a path for achievement and success. – Connected them to a network of girls and women around the world.


– Developed their passions and interests in the outdoors, business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Benefits of Girl Scouting • The longer alums were engaged in Girl Scouts, the more likely they are to be successful and satisfied with their lives. This is even more pronounced if they earned highest awards, especially the Gold Award. • Compared to other women, Girl Scout alums embody higher levels of: – Courage—they show resilience when learning from failure and setbacks, take on challenges, are ambitious, and aren’t afraid to take risks (46% compared to 36% of non-alums). – Confidence—they accomplish what they set out to do and are sure in their abilities (66% compared to 53% of non-alums). – Character—they lead purposeful and meaningful lives, are honest and trustworthy, stand up for their beliefs and values, and actively contribute to others’ well-being (74% compared to 62% of nonalums stand up for their beliefs and values) (61% compared to 48% of non-alums showed positive selfimage).

The Impact of the Girl Scout Gold Award A recent study found that although being a Girl Scout is linked to improved life outcomes, earning the Girl Scout Gold Award has even greater benefits: • Gold Award Girl Scouts describe themselves as “go-getters” and report that while earning the Gold Award, they developed essential 21st century employment skills that give them a boost in their academic and professional lives. • The Gold Award opens doors! Alums who have earned it say it gives them a competitive advantage on college (86%) and scholarship (76%) applications and résumés (82%), helping them get into college or a graduate program, earn a scholarship, or get a job. • Gold Award Girl Scouts are more likely than non-alums to have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree (88% compared to 32% of nonalums).


The World Needs Girl Scouts 90% of U.S. female astronauts were Girl

80% of female tech leaders were Girl Scouts.

Scouts. Girl Scout alums.

50% of of female business leaders were Girl Scouts.

84% of Girl Scout alums have one or more leadership roles. In the past 12 months Girl Scout alums have served on a committee or in a leadership position for a local club or chapter of a national or international organization.

86% of Girl Scout alums are registered to vote and vote always or nearly always.

Did You Know? 100% of Female Secretaries of State were Girl Scouts. 10

76% of female United States Senators were Girl Scouts.

Natalie Y. “The women often come with just the clothing on their backs. They have to start their lives all over again. My goal was to help them get started with items they needed and give them hope” - Natalie Y.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is no small feat to accomplish. Girls who earn this prestigious award identify an issue within their community, innovate a solution, create a detailed action plan, and spend a minimum of 80 hours bringing it to fruition. When Natalie sat down to brainstorm for her Gold Award project, she was inspired by the strength and resilience of women who have survived domestic violence. Many domestic violence survivors leave their homes with nothing. Natalie created a Hope Closet for Houseware Supplies at her local domestic violence shelter. Natalie’s project will supply survivors with the household essentials needed for daily life. She named her project a “Hope Closet” because sometimes, when times get hard, you just need one ray of hope to keep going and climbing towards your goals. 11

Supporting Volunteers to Deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Did You Know? 74% of Girl Scout troop leaders say they have become more involved in their communities since becoming Girl Scout volunteers.

90% of Girl Scout Volunteers feel they make a differece in the lives of girls and 86% of girls say their leader makes them feel important.

Supporting our volunteers means supporting our girls. Council staff led trainings like Returning to Work and Psychological First Aid as volunteers navigated uncharted waters in life, parenting, and career.


Troop leaders learned how to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience remotely. GSGLA developed Zoom trainings and empowered troop leaders to deliver virtual programs with confidence.

Our Numbers Tell Our Story “Experiences from Girl Scouts taught me critical skills, such as how to have confidence in stressful situations. Through Girl Scouts, I’ve come to believe that some of our best opportunities come from taking risks. -Malia M., Girl Scout Alumna

Girls in the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council earned 60,887 badges and awards in Entrepreneurship STEM, Outdoors, and Life Skills.

16,148 girls had a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience that fosterd bravery, confidence, and adventure.

63,618 girls learned hands-on business skills through Girl Scouts Entrepreneurship programming.

294 go-getter Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award for completing powerful take-action projects that made the world a better place.

967 Girl Scout Cadettes were presented the Did You Know? 84% of girls are stressed about the future and how the pandemic will affect their prospects for attending college, finding internships, or landing a job. Two-thirds of girls feel like being in Girl Scouts supports their mental health.

Silver Award for projects that demonstrated their leadership skills, determination, and dedication to improving their community.

575 Girl Scout Juniors were presented the Bronze Award for group projects that made a difference in their community.


Aadhya N. “The journey to a more equitable world begins with recognizing the unbalanced opportunities for women around the world, and using the privilege we have, not for ourselves, but to raise women up and around the world.” -Aadhya N.

While women constitute almost half of the Indian population, they represent only 20.5 percent of the Indian workforce (according to the World Bank), and even lower than that in entrepreneurship. Aadhya was driven to use her Gold Award to equip women in India with the knowledge to not only enter the workforce, but to also pursue leadership positions. All from her home in California, Aadhya organized seminars in the city of Ahmedabad, where women from different fields spoke to girls about their journey and encouraged them to follow their dreams.


Stephanie C. “ Everyone should feel celebrated and needs the support of community to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. I hope my project can give members of my special needs community a place to achieve goals together, feel supported, and be celebrated for who they are.” - Stephanie C. Gold Award projects often give the community a glimpse into the life of the Girl Scout who accomplishes them. These unique Take Action Projects are entirely crafted by the girls from start to finish, and often combine what the girl is passionate about to leave her mark on her community for the better. For Stephanie Campfield, she began her Gold Award project knowing she could make the world a better place for young people with special needs. Stephanie wanted to create a space where young adults with special needs could find connection, community, and learn team-building skills to last a lifetime. Then she had the idea. Through her Gold Award project, Stephanie created an All-Star cheer program for youth and young adults with special needs in the Antelope Valley. 15

Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place Did You Know? Gold Award Girl Scouts are almost three times more likely than non-alums to volunteer for causes they care about (82% compared to 33% of non-alums).

84% of Girl Scout alums hold leadership roles at work or in volunteering.

64% of Girl Scout alums developed outdoor skills, including environmental stewardship.

73% of Girl Scout alums say they actively contribute to the happiness and well-being of others. “I never knew there were so many ways to help people until I became a Girl Scout. With our cookie money, my troop made blankets for kids in the hospital and their families. We even got a letter from one of them and she told us it made her time in the hospital a little better.”. -Keri P., Girl Scout Cadette 16

62% of Girl Scout alums donate money to philanthropic causes.

Keara K. “ Through creating art and a safe forum for discussion to share expreiences, we promoted awareness of mental health disorders apart from the stigma. Mental health care IS health care. We have to recognize this fact if we are to help our community in a meaningful and compassionate way.” - Keara K.

Keara was shocked by the statistics around youth and mental health. One in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. Fifty percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14. By age 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. The goal of Keara’s Gold Award Project was to instill a feeling of community by addressing misconceptions about mental health in adolescents such as anxiety and depression. She used her personal passion for art and compassion for others to create an art therapy club to support students struggling with anxiety and depression. Through this club, which will continue long after her Gold Award Project, students can find a safe place to belong, connect, and create. 17

Victoria P. “I think I gained a lot of confidence in my voice and became more assertive. I needed to contact and speak to a lot of people throughout my project, and doing that has made me more confident in my public speaking skills.” – Victoria P.

Victoria recognized the rich history all around her in the Inglewood community and was passionate about sharing it with others to unite and educate multiple generations. Titled “Embracing History,” Victoria’s project focused on intergenerational learning and engagement. She used her passion for story-telling to interview longtime Inglewood residents and business owners. From there, Victoria produced and edited videos that could be donated to local organizations. In addition to the videos, she held an event at a local senior center to promote intergenerational learning and socialization.



$250+ (continued) Drill Hog Clare Durand David & Mindy Fisher Liisa & Michael Froggatt Gelson’s Christine E. Geosling Lisette Gold GSGLA North River Service Unit 650 Emily & Robert Guzman Anne Marie Hand Joan Hasler Randi & Amber Helgesen Kristina Hernandez Jessica & Paul Hinkle Stacey Hoppe Nisha & Christopher Horton Cheri Howard Helen Hurston Kyung & Diana Im Darlene Jacobs Susie Lang Lockheed Martin Kelly Lynch Cynthia Marian Conseulo Marquez Nancy Martin Juanita Maxwell McKesson Marirose & Luther Medina Gale & John Musker Ava Newman Paul Oliver Teresa & Roger On Pacific Life Foundation Genie Parkinson Kathryn F. Richards Rita Rivera Mariette & Alexander Sawchuk Heather & David Scott Martha Sensel


Cyreeta Sharp Gita & Harpal Singh Elizabeth & Robert Soukup Peggy & Michael Stahlheber Margaret & Henry Stimson Kathryn Sturdevant Rosy Sweat The Dibble Youth Trust Joanne Thorne Everardo Trujillo Tena Tucker Sara Vance Mieke Velghe W.W. Grainger, Inc. Harriet M. Welch Wells Fargo Foundation Jonathan & Deborah Williams Arlene Withers Sarina Wylie Makoto Yamasaki Bryn Zbyszewski

Juliette Gordon Low Society We are proud to recognize the following members who have included Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles in their estate planning as of February 2021. For information or to join the Juliette Gordon Low Society, please contact giving@girlscoutsla.org Corrine Abel LaNease Adams Lissa Alfred Erik & Eva Andersen Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift Lisa Axelrod Carolyn Baker David & Julie Battaglia Julie & Kenneth Beals Dianne Belk & Lawrence Calder Dianne Belk & Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift Betty Berdiansky Steve Bolkovatz Gail I. Boyle Moira Brady Betsey L. & Donald Brewer Michele Broadnax Chrystal Broesel Constance L. Burg Jessica Cardenas Katy Carlson Charles Carroll Elizabeth Chadwick Hailyn J. Chen Rachel I. Clarke Debbie Cook Patricia A. & Curtis Crider Phyllis E. Currie Christine Dean & Rosemary Veniegas Carol M. Dedrich Steven DePaul Katharine DeShaw & Mark

McConnell Juanita Doplemore Barry & Peggy Edwards Theresa Edy Kiene & Matthew Kiene Marie Fouts Diana Freeman Liisa & Michael Froggatt Megann Giardino Linda & Jay Griffey Diane K. Grohulski Gloria & Bob Halfacre Erika Homan Bernice Horst Denise Hsu Laurie & Hannah Jacobs Shannon Johnston Sherry Lapides Lise L. Luttgens Lynn Mack-Costello & Joseph Costello Marilyn & Dale Marshall Megan Martin & Brian Long Toni Martinez-Burgoyne & Rod Burgoyne Kelly & Jason Maxwell Gina McLeod Eleanor Moninger Ann Moore Frances Moreno Kathryn E. Nielsen Denise & Ken Nowack Adrienne Pacheco Marie Parco Melissa & Martino Pepe Sharis Peters

Aileen O. Poehls Ruth Post Janice Rector Elisabeth Rendeiro & Steven DePaul Leanne J. Rodgers Sylvia & Paul Rosenberger Margaret Rosenthal Shamira Sadler Danielle Sager-Ebling Ron Schrantz Yvonne & Robert Schueller Steve Shelton Ellen E. & Robert F. Swarts Chara Swodeck Cortney Szlemp Francesca Taylor & Ann Giagni Cindy & Ben Tenn Shelley B. Thompson Marie-Louise & Kenneth Van Horne Harry Webb Janet Whaley & Steven Preston Brenda J. Zamzow Margaret B. Zarate


Our Donors $100,000+

Sempra Energy Skanska The Don & Lorraine Freeberg Southern California Edison Foundation The Walt Disney Company W.M. Keck Foundation

Daniel C. Jackling Endowment Fund Juanita Dawson Theresa Edy Kiene & Matthew Kiene Hayley English Blockley $5,000+ $50,000+ Aveeram Eschenasy Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Sue & James J. Femino The Fanny & Svante Knistrom Bank of America Fiel Foundation Foundation Betsey L. Brewer First Congregational Church of FIRST Glendale $25,000+ GSGLA Troop 12345 GSGLA Bellflower Service Unit 502 John Baldessari Family Foundation, GSGLA Troop 08215 20th Century Studios Inc. GSGLA Troop 16671 Arbonne Charitable Foundation KLM Foundation Denise Gutches Claremont Community Foundation LEGO Systems, Inc. Allan & Linda Guttentag Dwight Stuart Youth Fund William Nelson Harry Webb Trust INTA Sony Pictures Entertainment Bernice Horst Little Brownie Bakers Shelley B. Thompson Cheryl M. Hundley National Recreation Foundation Warner Bros. Entertainment Rita Illig Liebelt The Thomas & Dorothy Leavey JetBlue Foundation $1,000+ Kimberly Krivis United States Department of Heather Lopez Agriculture Avadhesh & Uma Agarwal Lynn Mack-Costello & Joseph URW Allied Global Marketing Costello Kerri Balbone Bill Maher $10,000+ Mary Bankston Lynelle & James McKay Mia Britel Gina McLeod Amazon Studios Judith Brooks Mechanisms Education Capital Group Constance L. Burg Association Citizens Business Bank Craig Chasseur Margot & Mitchell Milias Marie J. Fouts Cigna Healthcare of California Cheryl & Jeremy Miller Joan Jones City of Los Angeles Montebello Town Center Lon V. Smith Foundation Lois Cox Investors, LLC Raytheon Sarah Craig Jim Niemiec Judith Rochlin Patricia A. & Curtis Crider Northrop Grumman Corporation RSM US LLP

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles gratefully acknowledges these individuals, foundations, and corporations for their investment in the leadership development of Girl Scouts throughout our region. Gifts received between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020.

Denise & Ken Nowack Ann Olson Erin & Jason Oremland Paycom Marie Peters Pricewaterhouse Coopers Terilyn & John Proffitt Christina Rice Tammie Scott Ellen Swarts Mary Taylor The Beavers, Inc Toyota Financial Services UnitedHealth Group Kathy Urbanovitch Virgin Orbit LLC Leilani Wilmore Jane Woodworth Michelle C. Wroan Nancy Yaeger Brenda J. Zamzow Donna Ziel

$500+ A14ALL AmazonSmile Foundation Wesley Aping Renee Bajor Mithcell Bandur Jermaine Beckett Lynne Brickner California Landscape Contractors Association, Inc. Joanna Callaghan Sue Callaway Kelly & Robert Kelly Ava-Kathryn Capossela Sally & David Cook Jane Davidson & Jeffrey Hall Erin Dawkins & Matthew Aaronson Rosa Delgado & Albert McNair Elisabeth L. Dick Kathleen & Jim Doty Sarah Doupe

Margaret A. Gordon GSGLA North Redondo Service Unit 526 GSGLA Troop 00283 GSGLA Troop 00566 Sue & James Hillendahl Laura & Luis Leal Patricia & Michel Levesque Lise L. Luttgens Karen Masini Joanne Mathew Paula McGowan Russell Moore Marie Hamer Parco Parsons Corporation Debra Petersen & Robert Watson Danielle Portnoy Salesforce Foundation Diane Schroeder The James Ian Mellem Charitable Fund Barbara S. Topkis William Tully & Susan Tully Stacey Watson Kenya M. Yarbrough Lori Zeman

$250+ AEG Deanne Aranda-Moore Alexis Aratow Bonnie Arnold Lisa Axelrod Jeff B. Berner John & JB Berry Lara Branch Amie Brockway-Metcalf Charles M. Best of Best & Rudnick Insurance Soo Yeun Chen City National Bank Grace Coopman Christine Crone



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