Family Partnership

What is Family Partnership?
Family Partnership is a joint effort between families and Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) to support the activities and programming that build leadership. Dollars raised through Family Partnership stay right here in our council and directly support our girls. All Family Partnership contributions are shared with local Girl Scouts. Fifteen percent of each gift goes directly to a particular troop or registered Juliette in the form of credit that can be used in GSHOM shops, for GSHOM programs, or site usage. The remainder will help fund GSHOM-supported programs for girls, volunteer training, resource materials and proper upkeep of our camps and facilities.

How do I become a Family Partner?
Now is your chance to ensure that the benefits of Girl Scouting exist for all girls. Every girl in the GSHOM Council should have the chance to meet new friends, build self-esteem, learn new skills and have fun in a safe environment. We are asking each family to weigh the value of Girl Scouting in your daughter's life and make a contribution that is significant for you. Your 100% tax-deductible contribution can make a difference in the lives of so many girls. Every gift will help us develop the next generation of community and world leaders! To contribute, complete the pledge card and return it to your nearest Regional Center. Remember to include the troop number or name of the Juliette who you would like to benefit from your donation.

Why is Family Partnership Needed?
Girl Scouting provides an accepting and nurturing environment where girls reach their full potential and become competent, resourceful women. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop strong values, decision-making skills and a social conscience, qualities that will serve them all their lives. That's why we ask parents to make a financial investment in Girl Scouting-an investment that will pay big dividends to last a lifetime! It takes approximately $350 for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan to provide one year of programming for each Girl Scout in our council. GSHOM proceeds from the cookie program and other product programs fall far short of that amount. That is why we turn to you, the Girl Scout family. Your Family Partnership contribution helps make the Girl Scouting experience complete for your daughter, her friends and all girls in the Heart of Michigan. A high percentage of participation in the Family Partnership program demonstrates to our corporate funders and foundations that GSHOM is strongly supported by families who benefit from its programs.

What do my Family Partnership Dollars Support?
Think about what Girl Scouting means to your daughter. She's able to attend GSHOM-sponsored programs and camp events and to use resources provided by Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Her troop leader plans exciting activities because she's participated in volunteer training courses and enrichments, offered by GSHOM.

Your gift supports this and so much more:

  • Programs that benefit all girls.
  • Resource materials and safety manuals that troop leaders use to provide the best possible Girl Scout experience for girls.
  • Educational opportunities for new and experienced troop leaders and other adult volunteers, so they gain appropriate skills and confidence to work with girls.
  • Financial assistance for camps and programs, for families challenged by our tough economy.
  • Well maintained and accessible camps, shops, offices and program facilities.