Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc

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

Mission

We Are Girl Scouts. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes covers 58 counties in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and serves 10,000+ girls.

Ruling year info

1980

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Patti Shafto-Carlson

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

We Are Girl Scouts. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes covers 58 counties in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and serves over 10,000 girls. Girl Scouts discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together, and become our future leaders.

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
Women and girls
Children and youth

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
Children and youth
Women and girls

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
Children and youth
Women and girls

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
Children and youth
Women and girls

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
Children and youth
Women and girls

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
Children and youth
Women and girls

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.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Women and girls

Related Program

Leadership Experience

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Women and girls

Related Program

Leadership Experience

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

Our key priority is a focus on Girl Scout membership with a lens of recruitment and retention. Through the Girl Scout Movement, our goal is 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.

Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, skill-building programs, community service projects, cultural awareness activities, and environmental stewardship. Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

Our key strategies for making this happen include:
• Delivering high-impact programming from all four Girl Scout Program Pillars—STEM, Life Skills, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship, focusing on volunteer leadership development.
• Exploring flexible methods for troop delivery to expand membership and accommodate a broader audience of Girl Scouts.
• Ensure membership is reflective of the diverse communities we serve.
• Focus on strengthening relationships and communications between girls, families, and volunteers.

From our founding 110 years ago to now, we are the premier girl leadership organization in the world, and we continue to deliver exceptional girl-led programming nationally and right here in our Council. Girl Scout programming is specifically designed to enhance a girl's skills and knowledge and nurture the qualities necessary to be a leader in the world now and as an adult. Girl Scout programming builds essential 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.

Girl Scouts have demonstrated resilience, learned the skills, embraced the experiences, and cultivated the sisterhood that helps them impact their communities today and accomplish big things tomorrow. In this time of uncertainty, our mission continues. More than ever, girls need Girl Scouts. Girls need Girl Scouts to help them stay connected to their communities during a time of isolation and upended routines. Girls need Girl Scouts to ensure that while the school format has changed, they continue to pursue their passions and do not experience learning loss. Girls need Girl Scouts to walk boldly towards sisterhood, justice, and fairness.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, in 2021, the longer Girl Scout alums were engaged in Girl Scouts, the more likely they were 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%).
– Confidence—they accomplish what they set out to do and are assured in their abilities (66%
compared to 53%).
– 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%
showed positive values, and 61% compared to 48% showed positive self-image).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Girls and their families

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2022
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 2/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.