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Who We Are: Since 1912, Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For over 111 years, Girl Scouts has played a major role in the lives of millions of girls worldwide, giving them a safe space to learn, grow, and thrive. In a typical year, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland serves 30 counties, 153 school districts, and more than 15,000 girls annually with the help of more than 4,000 volunteers. Programs are designed by, with, and for girls to prepare them for a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

What We Do: Many know Girl Scouts for cookies, camps, and crafts. Though these aspects of the experience are critical and allow for growth while having fun, we’re so much more. Girl Scouts is also focused on giving girls tools to grow their communities, connections, and eventually, careers. We follow four pillars when creating world class programs: STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. Through STEM programming, girls explore untapped potential. Outdoor programming includes everything from camp to survival skills. Through Life Skills programming, girls learn lessons they’ll need into adulthood. Finally, our cookie program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world.

Why We’re Important: Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. When girls succeed, so does society. We provide girls a place to discover their passions and find their voice while positively impacting their communities. Our experiences are inclusive of all girls, no matter their background or financial status. Our Outreach programming reaches girls in underserved communities, providing memberships and resources at no cost, thanks to generous donors. We provide girls of every background a safe space to learn, lead, grow, and thrive with us, growing into the female leaders of the future.

How We Impact the Community: Through Girl Scouts, girls are making an impact in their communities all year long. From volunteering at food banks to creating mental health programs, these girls are changing our world. At a national level, GSUSA committed to being part of the STEM and pay gap solution with the goal of placing 2.5 million more girls in STEM pipeline by 2025. GSOH is supporting this through the Dream Big Initiative by reimagining Camp Ken-Jockety and creating a STEM immersive campus. Programs will provide girls tools necessary to create pathways to careers and bridge the gender gap in STEM. The campus will be available to youth across the community, not just Girl Scouts, allowing countless children to discover their potential.

How You Can Help: Gifts support girls on their leadership journey and can be given in a variety of ways including:

  • Individual giving, including monthly giving programs

  • Planned giving

  • Corporate partnerships

  • Corporate match programs

  • Foundation grants

  • Event sponsorship

  • Donate to the Dream Big Initiative

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

1700 Watermark Dr., Columbus, OH


President and CEO: Tammy H. Wharton

VP of Philanthropy: Deirdre DeWeese

Board Chair: Shakila Ali

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