Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc

Appleton, WI   |  http://www.gsnwgl.org

Mission

Girl Scouts is 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Our Council, Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL), covers 58 counties in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and serves over 16,000 girls. Girl Scouting has been THE organization for girls for over 100 years. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

Ruling year info

1980

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Karmen Lemke

Main address

4693 N Lynndale Drive

Appleton, WI 54913 USA

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Formerly known as

Girl Scouts of Peninsula Waters Inc

Girl Scouts of Woodland Council Inc

Girl Scouts of Birch Trails Council WI Inc

Girl Scouts of the Fox River Area Inc

Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council Inc

Girl Scouts of Lac Baie Council Inc

EIN

39-1016314

NTEE code info

Girl Scouts (O42)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) sets forth a bold and aspirational model of leadership that encourages girls to discover their values, interests, and skills; connect with others locally and globally; and take action to create sustainable solutions to issues of concern to them. The GSLE, as delivered to girls through National Leadership Journeys, specifies 15 benefits to girls—the behaviors, attitudes, skills, and values of courageous and confident girl and women leaders. Recent GSRI studies show that Girl Scout participation has a positive impact on girls' development of these leadership attributes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Experience

GSNWGL aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship. Through girl directed and adult-led activities, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

Population(s) Served

Girls are natural-born scientists! They look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn as they go. A powerful benefit of learning STEM through Girl Scouts is that girls also learn how to be leaders at the same time. Recently refreshed and expanded to better reflect girls' interests and to focus on twenty-first-century skills, several badge and Journey categories make special use of STEM activities.

We make learning about astronomy, entertainment technology, coding, and engineering exciting for girls in our community.

Population(s) Served

The Gold Award is the culmination of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide earn this honor. Achieving this distinction requires far more than just developing and implementing a community service project. They truly personify the Girl Scout Mission, becoming young women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Population(s) Served

Your donation to Family Partnership goes directly to our financial assistance program which covers the cost of camp sessions, events, and all the expenses of joining a troop. Our Council does not turn away any girl who wishes to be a Girl Scout and generous support from families like yours help make that possible.

Population(s) Served

Camp is where you should get dirty, sing at the top of your lungs, and start a roaring campfire! Camp is a place where girls can run free in the fresh air, embracing grass stains and mud between their toes for these are signs of an adventurer. Your Girl Scout Outdoor Program experience awaits!

Population(s) Served

Reaching Out is a wonderful program that brings the Girl Scout experience to at-risk girls who might not otherwise be able to participate in the organization. Our Reaching Out program is a great example of how our organization is adapting to meet girls’ needs and breaks down barriers to ensure active involvement. Through our after-school, in-school, and community center programs, girls develop skills in leadership, community service, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Customer Care currently has our average case closure time at 7.91 business hours

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Leadership Experience

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To empower girls to be confident leaders and changemakers through programming and experiences designed to nurture the qualities of leadership, innovation, compassion, and ambition in a girl- led, girl only environment. Using resources wisely, (we) focus on delivering the troop model to girls in the grades and where we have the potential to attract and retain girl members.

Improve volunteer retention and attract new volunteers by providing rewarding experiences that inspire volunteers to deliver the best programming for our girls and to promote Girl Scouting in their communities. Elevate visibility and strengthen impression of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes as the best and only choice for girls, while distinguishing the girl-led, girl-only Girl Scout Movement to deepen positive brand impression, expand our influence, and promote the unique value of our organization and mission in the community. Create a culture of philanthropy that inspires others to invest through meaningful and consistent engagement, while strengthening and expanding our services through diversified revenue streams. Understanding that programming is vital to the core of Girl Scouting, work diligently to ensure we are delivering intentional, innovative, and relevant programing for all girls with a focus on a comprehensive troop experience.

From our founding 105 years ago to now, we are the premier girl leadership organization in the world, and we continue to deliver amazing girl-led programing nationally and right here in our Council. Girl Scout programming is specifically designed to enhance a girl's skills and knowledge and to nurture the qualities necessary to be a leader in the world now and as an adult. Girl Scout programming builds important life skills that you would want your daughter, sister, doctor, government leader, co-worker, and yes – your boss, to have. We also have five camp properties and thousands of wilderness acres to explore. we offer multiple outdoor and high adventure experiences for girls. Troops of all ages can earn badges in primitive camping, eco camping, archery, paddling, survival skills and more.

Girls experience the GSLE by participating in the three Girl Scout processes (girl-led, cooperative learning, learning by doing) and by
engaging with the National Leadership Journeys.
• Girl Scouts who have higher-quality GSLE experiences (that is, those who experience the Girl Scout processes and use
a Journey) are more likely to develop leadership skills (GSLE outcomes) than those who have fewer such experiences (81% vs. 37%).
• Girls who experience the GSLE (fewer than 1 in 4) report that they have fun and are more satisfied with Girl Scouting than those who do not.
• Girls who experience the GSLE are more likely to remain in Girl Scouts. The combination of Journeys and engagement in high-quality Girl Scout experiences boosts member retention at the age when girls are most likely to leave Girl Scouting. Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes who experience both key components of the GSLE are more likely than others to report registering for the upcoming program year.

Girl Scout alums have made significant contributions across society—breaking ground and effecting change as leaders in government and in the boardroom, excelling in STEM and the arts, and so much more. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—and with programs from coast to coast and around the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

Financials

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Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Patrice Pergolski

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/12/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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