Worcester, MA   |
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EIN: 04-2103856


Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, Girl Scouts is dedicated to helping girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. More than 50 million American women have enjoyed Girl Scouting during their lifetime - and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

Notes from the nonprofit

One girl can make a difference; together we can change the world. Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts is committed to building a robust organizational culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion are at its core. We denounce racism, violence, injustice, and inequity. We strive to ensure that ALL who engage in this community are valued and recognized, and that they find a true sense of belonging. Join us in creating welcoming spaces that seek to empower and engage youth and adult members to be authentic partners in this endeavor.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Hallberg

Main address

115 Century Drive

Worcester, MA 01606 USA

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Subject area info


Out-of-school learning


Nature education

Outdoor education

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Population served info

Children and youth

Women and girls


NTEE code info

Girl Scouts (O42)

Programs and results

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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?

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts provides enriching and progressive programs, including day and overnight camps. All Girl Scout programs derive from our five pillars; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), outdoor exploration, financial literacy, health/personal wellness, and entrepreneurship to empower girls to realize their true potential and gain critical skills they will carry throughout their lives as lifelong learners. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities for girls to develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, seek challenges, learn from setbacks, form and maintain healthy relationships, and learn to identify and solve problems in their community.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has used cookie earnings to build leaders who make positive changes in our world. This program helps Girl Scouts fund unique adventures for themselves and their troops all year long. It also allows them to give back to the causes they care about.

Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are leaders in the making as girls learn five skills that are essential to success and to life. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn the importance of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are honest, fair, and responsible. Through their cookie businesses, they learn to always do the right thing by their troop members, customers, and communities—lessons that will carry them for a lifetime of leadership. U.S. society today is better because of the girls who have taken part in the program.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

It’s a Girl’s World, a community-based program, aims to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls where a troop model is not always feasible. This program also aims to foster partnerships with local communities to engage with schools and other organizations through meaningful initiatives. It’s a Girl’s World promotes girls gaining critical skills to approach problems with bold solutions. This opportunity will bring forward positive female role models to help mold the future leadership of young women and foster a sense of belonging for all. Girls who partake will experiment and learn healthy eating habits, robotics basics, the practice of forming and maintaining positive relationships, how to learn and see through media stereotypes, foster an understanding to set and successfully meet financial goals, and learn to use art, nature, and reflection to support their mental health and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Living in a digital age has brought forward responsibilities we once did not have to consider as a society. Social media connects people at lightning speed, and it is safe to say that almost everyone has had positive and negative experiences with this privilege. All About MEdia is a program implemented to encourage girls in grades 5-8 to foster healthy relationships between themselves and others through social media platforms. Girls will explore online advertising, cyber-bullying, and healthy relationships as they learn to be leaders for peace and safety online. With activities such as role-playing, games, reflection, profile exploration and design, girls will discover new skills to be safe on social media, connect with others to stop cyber-bullying, and take action together to make positive change.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

On Your Own: Financial Literacy for Girls is a program dedicated to the development of real world money management and leadership skills for girls. Participants build a greater understanding of how to become responsible consumers, create and live by a budget, build and manage credit, increase their income, and save and invest for whatever's next.

All Girl Scout program activities promote the evidence-based girl led, hands-on, cooperative learning process. The research shows that the programming is most effective and the needs of girls are best met when they actively control the direction of their activities. Girls will learn faster and retain more information as they work together to expand their understanding of financial management.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

All Girl Scout programs derive from five pillars; one of them being science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The following are included within our STEM program:

The Geek is Glam Expo is an annual event that has been held at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for 8 years and counting. This event inspires girls to explore hands-on programs and offers the opportunity to meet notable female professionals.

Our Worcester STEM Exploration Center is equipped with 3-D printers, a smartboard, robotics equipment, cameras, a makerspace, and other devices for girls to explore STEM.

Girls explore career interests in STEM fields through earning badges in computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health, & agriculture.

The Cookie Robotics Program challenges girls to think innovatively and work collaboratively to research and solve objectives. Teams compete in the FIRST Lego League to identify a locally based problem and develop a solution using robots.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Girl Scout Camps offer programs centering on outdoor exploration, health, and personal wellness to empower girls to realize their potential and gain critical skills that they will carry throughout their lives.
Girls at camp actively practice age-appropriate skills and gain the experiences they need to feel confident as they progress into the next steps of their outdoor journeys. Girls will learn the importance of environmental stewardship and the art of appreciating nature. Camp is a place for girls to build lasting memories by trying new things, meeting new friends, and building independence.

GSCWM owns four beautiful camp sites: Camp Bonnie Brae (East Otis, MA), Camp Green Eyrie (Harvard, MA), Camp Laurel Wood (Spencer, MA), Camp Lewis Perkins (South Hadley, MA). Girl Scouts offers three distinct camp experiences: overnight camp, day camp, and troop camp.

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 Girl Scout members served in 2022.

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

Women and girls, Children and youth

Related Program

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We have a plan in place to return to pre-COVID membership by 2026.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2022 Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Inc. 2014
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.58 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 35% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $523,536 $859,411 $80,699 $1,766,834 $2,789
As % of expenses 14.0% 22.4% 2.4% 49.9% 0.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $326,335 $645,606 -$151,180 $1,543,939 -$210,605
As % of expenses 8.3% 15.9% -4.1% 41.1% -5.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,183,253 $4,793,753 $3,732,181 $3,994,524 $3,563,706
Total revenue, % change over prior year -17.1% 14.6% -22.1% 7.0% -10.8%
Program services revenue 13.9% 10.8% 2.5% 10.3% 13.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.7% 1.7% 1.7% 1.6% 1.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 70.2% 63.4% 90.7% 63.3% 80.5%
Other revenue 14.2% 24.1% 5.0% 24.8% 4.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,744,591 $3,842,310 $3,412,004 $3,537,624 $3,777,763
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.7% 2.6% -11.2% 3.7% 6.8%
Personnel 74.3% 74.8% 77.8% 74.6% 75.1%
Professional fees 6.2% 5.8% 4.6% 6.6% 6.6%
Occupancy 7.0% 6.8% 5.9% 6.8% 6.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.3% 1.5% 1.4% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.5% 12.4% 10.2% 10.7% 11.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,941,792 $4,056,115 $3,643,883 $3,760,519 $3,991,157
One month of savings $312,049 $320,193 $284,334 $294,802 $314,814
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $601,942 $1,893,523 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,855,783 $6,269,831 $3,928,217 $4,055,321 $4,305,971

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.4 2.8 5.4 7.8 4.6
Months of cash and investments 13.7 13.3 17.4 20.4 14.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.1 2.7 3.2 8.8 7.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $763,824 $888,457 $1,522,590 $2,291,603 $1,463,616
Investments $3,500,176 $3,375,550 $3,416,194 $3,709,923 $3,182,426
Receivables $40,371 $35,815 $229,109 $581,870 $294,406
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $9,437,097 $9,669,436 $9,714,104 $9,789,711 $9,932,445
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 59.4% 43.0% 45.2% 47.0% 48.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.5% 12.6% 16.1% 10.0% 2.2%
Unrestricted net assets $5,735,179 $6,380,785 $6,229,605 $7,773,544 $7,562,939
Temporarily restricted net assets $309,053 $318,720 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $2,469,233 $2,379,723 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,778,286 $2,698,443 $3,096,493 $3,437,785 $2,821,583
Total net assets $8,513,465 $9,079,228 $9,326,098 $11,211,329 $10,384,522

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Hallberg

Pattie is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM). Pattie joined GSCWM as CEO in 2008 to lead the merger of three Girl Scout councils. Under her direction, GSCWM has emerged as a leader in advocacy for girls. Pattie was an inaugural member of the Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She serves as a Co-Chair for the Investing in Girls Alliance in Worcester and is a founding member of LIPPI. She serves on the Board of the Employers Association of the Northeast and the Leadership Council of the Women’s Initiative in Worcester where she serves as a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion sub-committee. In 2013 she received the Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Worcester Business Journal and in 2020 was named to the Worcester Business Journal Power 50. In 2020 she received the Business West Women of Impact Award. Pattie has also served as a Girl Scouts National Council Session Delegate.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 07/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Jennifer Johnson

UMass Chan Medical School

Term: 2022 - 2024

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 3/3/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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