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Planned Giving

Legacies. How will you be remembered?

Do you want to do something today to support Girl Scouts in a meaningful way in the future? Regardless of the uncertain economy, your current cash flow, or your age, you can create a powerful legacy of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Invest in girls. Change the world with a planned gift.

You can create your legacy through a planned gift to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI). An estate gift is more than a financial decision. It is a personal statement about who you are and what you care about in life. Your estate gift to Girl Scouts can provide life-changing experiences for girls—and establish your own legacy of investing in girl leaders for generations to come.

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Secure Your Place in the Girl Scout Movement

Consider naming Girl Scouts GCNWI as the beneficiary of your will or living trust. You could also name Girl Scouts GCNWI as a beneficiary of an existing retirement plan, such as an IRA or life insurance policy.

By updating your estate plan or contacting your retirement plan administrator or life insurance company, you ensure that Girl Scouts will be able to fulfil its mission to empower girls now and in the future. There can also be current tax advantages to making a planned gift. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

Juliette Gordon Low Society

The Juliette Gordon Low Society celebrates charitable planned gifts to Girl Scouts and helps ensure every girl in every zip code has the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts.

As a member of GSGCNWI's Juliette Gordon Low Society, you will be:

  • Invited to attend special Juliette Gordon Low Society events and connect with like-minded supporters.
  • Recognized as a Juliette Gordon Low Society member at Girl Scout events.
  • Listed as a Juliette Gordon Low Society member in select Girl Scout GCNWI publications.
  • Gifted a special Juliette Gordon Low Society membership pin.

Current members of the GSGCNWI Juliette Gordon Low Society include:

  • Erik and Eva Andersen Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift
  • Ivy Anderson
  • Levita Anderson 
  • Alonda Bardney
  • Bonnie Batchelor
  • Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift
  • Alice Robison Berntson
  • Tom J. Berntson
  • CoraLee Blazek
  • Joanna Bossi
  • Patricia Broughton
  • Barbara Butzin
  • Sally Clair
  • Dolores Condon
  • Rosemarie D. Courtney
  • Doris Eisenmenger
  • Barbara J. Geist
  • Nancy J. Hackett
  • Jeanne Hansen
  • Maureen S. Jamrock
  • Christina Konieczka
  • Nancy Lahey
  • Patricia Ann Lasley
  • Nancy Lahey
  • Susanne Lenz
  • Heather A. Linehan
  • Carol Ann Macola
  • Amy N. Morin Martin and Philip J. Martin
  • Tina Melendez
  • Amanda Lynne Modelski
  • Patricia Godfrey Moss and William M. Moss
  • Kathleen Marie Oker
  • Kelly E. Pavlik
  • Jacqueline L. Robinson
  • Jean and Bill Robinson
  • Sylvie Salazar
  • Kenneth Schubert
  • Kimberlyn M. Schultz
  • Peggy Tuck Sinko
  • Mary Sue Terrance
  • Mary Ann Tuft
  • Brenda Washington Trust
  • Nancy L. Wright
  • Susan A. Yates
  • Melissa Young-Bridgeforth


How to Name Girl Scouts GCNWI as a Beneficiary

We recommend consulting with your attorney or financial advisor to amend your existing will or trust, or to establish a new one.

You may find this sample language helpful:

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is to receive the sum of [specific amount]—or—[percentage] percent of the rest, residue and remained of my estate.

You can also name Girl Scouts GCNWI as a full or partial beneficiary to a retirement account or life insurance policy.

Tax ID: 36-3871241 and address: 1551 Spencer Road, Joliet, IL 60433

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The First Planned Gift

In March of 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls in Savannah, GA, to begin Girl Scouts. Since then, Girl Scouts has grown to be the largest girl-serving organization in the United States—nearly three million strong. Juliette's outstanding leadership was matched by her stewardship. She converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout national headquarters, and she gifted the property to Girl Scouts in her will.

Juliette's bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl Scouts. In her memory, Girl Scouts established the Juliette Gordon Low Society to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who, like Juliette, choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacy and a beneficiary of their estate.

When it comes time to make a gift of a lifetime, consider Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Contact Glynnis Hokenson, Individual Giving Officer.