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Bequests and Planned Giving

Keep Girl Scout traditions alive for generations to come

Imagine providing a gift to all girls, for all time...one that promises a brighter future for generations of local Girl Scouts. A gift that shapes tomorrow's leaders and safeguards traditions that bring joy and inspiration.

As a member of our Juliette Gordon Low Society you can do all of this and more.

The Juliette Gordon Low Society honors friends who have included Girl Scouts in their estate plans by naming Girl Scouts San Diego in their wills or other life-income gifts. Members enjoy select social gatherings and events. They are recognized in our annual report and on our donor wall, and receive a special "thank you" memento.

Planned gifts like bequests, living trusts, and other life income gifts allow anyone to make donations as part of their financial or estate planning. Planned gifts provide critical long-term support for our council, ensuring future generations of girls will experience the fun, education, and leadership skills only available through Girl Scouting.

Planned gifts may also provide:

  • Tax advantages
  • Reduced estate taxes and capital gains
  • Increased cash flow
What is a planned gift?

Planned giving is a way of supporting non-profits and charities that allows philanthropic individuals to donate more than they normally could, given their current income or financial situation. Some planned gifts offer the donor a life-long income. Others use estate and tax planning techniques to maximize the gift and minimize its impact on the donor's estate. Most result in significant tax benefits.

Planned gifts can include bequests through wills or living trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and gift annuities. You can also name our council as a full or partial beneficiary to a life insurance policy or retirement account. Our council can also help plan for gifts of real estate, personal property, and securities.

Leave the world a better place. Join the Juliette Gordon Low Society and empower future generations of girls to achieve their dreams.

Contact Gift Planning Officer Merle Brodie, 619-610-0804, to learn more about the Juliette Gordon Low Society and other planned giving options. She will work with your attorney or tax advisor to create a plan that suits your personal circumstances.

If you have already included Girl Scouts in your estate plans, please contact Merle to join the Juliette Gordon Low Society so we may recognize your support and say "Thank you."

Naming GSSD as a beneficiary

How to name Girl Scouts San Diego as a beneficiary to your will or estate plan

We recommend consulting your attorney or financial advisor. You can establish a new will or trust, or simply amend the existing document. Please use the legal name of our organization (Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc.).

This sample language may be helpful:

I give Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) Corporation with Tax ID# 95-1644585, having its principal office at 1231 Upas Street, San Diego, CA 92103, $_____________ to be used for its general purposes.

Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts.