Endowments and Planned Gifts


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 brought joy and inspiration.

As a member of our Legacy Circle you can do all of this... and more.

The Legacy Circle 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, on our donor wall and receive a special "thank you" memento.

Planned gifts like bequests, living trusts and other life income gifts, allows 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 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.

Please contact us to learn about other planned giving options. We will work with your attorney or tax adviser and create a plan that suits your personal circumstances.

Leave the world a better place. Join the Legacy Circle and empower future generations of girls to achieve their dreams.

Contact Gift Planning Officer Merle Brodie (619-610-0804) to learn more about the Legacy Circle and other planned giving options. She will work with your attorney or tax adviser 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 Legacy Circle so we may recognize your support and say "Thank you."

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

We recommend consult 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 501c(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.