These Girl Scouts just got a badge in outsmarting transphobic donors

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For the Girl Scouts of Western Washington this week, love won.

The group recently received a $100,000 donation to help 500 girls participate in the young girls club. But when the private donor asked scout leaders to guarantee that the money wouldn’t be used to help transgender girls, staffers chose to give the money back instead.


So they turned to the internet for help and launched a fundraiser Monday morning to recoup the money.

“Help us raise back the $100,000 a donor asked us to return because we welcome transgender girls,” reads the fundraising page hosted on the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo.

“That’s money that would have gone to girls who can’t participate in Girl Scouts without our help. With that support girls can join a troop, go to camp and participate in a multitude of other life-changing Girl Scout experiences even though their families can’t afford to pay for them,” read the Indiegogo page.

The scouts gave themselves 30 days to fundraise the $100,000. But by 9:30am local Washington time today, they had already surpassed their goal.

More than 2,000 people had made donations by the time this story was published.