The Girl Scouts received a $500,000 grant to become an anti-racist organization
- After the death of George Floyd in 2020,
Girl Scoutsof the USA began an anti-racisminitiative.
- The Ford Foundation donated $500,000 to the Girl Scouts to support the organization's new mission.
- The money will be used to hire consultants to audit programs, practices, and policies.
The Girl Scouts of the USA received a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support the Girl Scouts' "commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization," according to a press release on Tuesday.
In response to the death of George Floyd in summer 2020, the Girl Scouts launched an internal initiative to create a diversity, equity, and
Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, applauded the Girl Scouts for its recent inclusion efforts, noting that it would build better young leaders. The Ford Foundation is a private charitable organization created by members of the Ford Motor Company with the mission of advancing human welfare and achievement.
"We applaud Girl Scouts' commitment to addressing and rooting out systemic racism by conducting a movement-wide audit in order to make the organization a more inclusive place for all members," Walker said.
According to the press release, the grant money will enable the organization to work with consultants to audit the group's programs, practices, policies, and experiences of scouts.
"We are grateful to the Ford Foundation for highlighting the importance of this work and investing in the scaling of our DEIA/RJ efforts to have a larger impact," said GSUSA Interim CEO Judith Batty. "GSUSA is committed to doing the difficult work to become an anti-racist organization, and this grant will help us implement strategic and meaningful change that promotes an environment where Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) feel welcome, respected, and supported."
As a part of the new anti-racism push, the Girl Scouts also launched an "Anti-Racism Sew-On Patch" that can be earned by learning about people from other cultures and participating in civic engagement and advocacy work.
The Girl Scouts of the USA has been attempting to increase inclusion within the organization for several years. In 2011, the organization lifted restrictions to allow transgender girls to join local troops that led to some backlash from donors.
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