On May 13, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana (GSSI) hosted the Juliette Gordon Low Society Afternoon Tea Party at the Evansville Country Club. Dianne Belk, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, presented a keynote speech about planned giving and held a pinning ceremony for new society members. GSUSA formed the Juliette Gordon Low Society to thank and honor those who make Girl Scouts part of their wills and estate plans.
Dianne is a Lifetime Member, Gold Award Girl Scout, Honorary Trustee, the inaugural recipient of the Dianne Belk Visionary Award, and the Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society. She and her husband travel from their San Diego home throughout the Girl Scout Movement to advocate for planned giving. Since 2012, their focus has increased planned gifts more than tenfold to more than 5,000 members of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, representing hundreds of millions of dollars for Girl Scouts. They have committed to a planned gift to Girl Scouts of the USA and more than 100 councils in the Movement, including GSSI.
In March 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered just a few girls to begin the Girl Scouts. Her outstanding leadership was matched by her stewardship when she converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout national headquarters. She would give the property to the Girl Scouts in her will.
Juliette’s bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl Scouts. In her memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who have chosen to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans. With their prevision and planning, these donors are crucial to ensuring that our Council will provide future generations of Girl Scouts with opportunities to reach their fullest potential.
For more information on planned giving to GSSI, contact Mary Fee, Director of Fund Development and Partnerships, at 812-421-4970 or email@example.com.