Charter of GSUSA
Founded by Juliette Gordon Low on March 12, 1912, the Girl Scouts
of the United States of America was chartered by a special act of
Congress (Public Law 460; approved March 16, 1950).
Incorporation of GSICC
Girl Scouts - Illinois Crossroads Council was incorporated
on February 1, 1993 as a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Political and Legislative Activity
Girl Scouts of the United States of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
does not 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.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has no affiliation
with any government agency. Occasionally, the council receives funding
for specific purposes from cities and villages who are seeking to
support youth activities in their area. 2.3% of the council's operating
budget is from government funding.
|In Girl Scouting, advocacy is a key component of helping girls,
ages 5 - 17, to develop their full potential and become competent
and resourceful citizens. Our advocacy efforts seek to inform
and educate policy-makers and community leaders on the issues
that directly affect girls and/or the corporate rights of Girl
Scouts. These efforts include getting the community involved;
influencing institutional practices and governmental policies
at the federal, state, and local levels; and ensuring the fair
enforcement and implementation of laws that impact all girls
and Girl Scouting.