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Let Girls Learn

Advocacy

Did you know?

  • Seventy-five percent of current female senators are Girl Scout alumnae.
  • There are currently 59 million Girl Scout alumnae.
  • Five of the six current female governors are Girl Scout alumnae. 

Girl Scouts make the world a better place and we've got work to do. Each year GSUSA develops a federal legislative agenda to advance key issues and promote leadership opportunities for girls including Economic and Healthy Living Opportunities For Girls.

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The laws governing nonprofit organizations draw a distinction between lobbying activities and electioneering activities. Electioneering is defined as participating in the electoral process by promoting particular candidates for office. While GSUSA encourages councils to actively work with and lobby their public officials on issues on the Girl Scout legislative agenda, it is important to remember that any type of electioneering in your official Girl Scout capacity is prohibited.Such activity is a direct violation of the tax law that governs non-profit organizations. You may, however, campaign on behalf of a political candidate as an individual without reference to your role as a Girl Scout.

The official GSUSA policy on electioneering is as follows:

Political and Legislative Activity

Girl Scouts of the United States of America and any Girl Scout council or other organization holding a Girl Scouts of the United States of America credential may not, nor may they authorize anyone on their behalf to, participate or intervene directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; or participate in any legislative activity or function which contravenes the laws governing tax-exempt organizations.  (Blue Book of Basic Documents 2012)

For more details, please review the Electioneering Practices and Guidelines.