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Colorado Gives Day 2013 a success!

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Thank you Colorado for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day 2013! We had a record-setting year and raised more than $36,000!! This money will go a long way in helping us build the leaders of tomorrow, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made a difference!

If you didn’t have a chance to support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, please visit our website to learn more about the year-round opportunities to help our organization. If you can’t give monetarily, we are always in need of volunteers, especially volunteers who can lead Girl Scout troops. And you don’t have to have a girl enrolled in Girl Scouts to be a troop leader either!

Thank you for making our holiday season just a little brighter this year!

Drawing on the strength of Girl Scouting

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Katarina (center) in the orange hat

Camping. Selling cookies. Helping the community. Building lifelong friends. Learning compassion and respect for others. Never giving up. This is how Colorado Springs Girl Scout Katarina Lucardie, 11, from Troop 4043 describes her Girl Scout experience.

Katarina joined Girl Scouts four years ago as a Girl Scout Brownie, and she is now a Girl Scout Cadette.  Her mother, Carmela Aranda, is the co-leader of her troop.

And, recently, it is the strength she has found in her Girl Scouting experience, particularly the friendships she has made, that has helped her find the courage to reveal something many didn’t know about her.

Katarina was born with an autoimmune disease, Alopecia Areata, that causes hair loss. Several years ago the condition worsened to the point Katarina went bald and had started wearing a wig.

As Katarina coped with this new reality, her Girl Scout sisters were right by her side, supporting and encouraging her every step of the way.

“Girl Scouts will help you through hard times, and you will always have a friend in Girl Scouts,” said Katarina.

About a month ago Katarina decided she wanted to stop wearing her wig to school, Skyview Middle School. She worked with administrators, and just before Thanksgiving, put together a touching video which was played at a school assembly to explain her disease and reveal her condition.

“The Girl Scout Law has helped me greatly in learning how to deal with people, especially to be courageous and strong,” said Katarina. “Each part of the Girl Scout Law applies to me, my condition and now in my situation in telling the truth to my classmates.”

Three of Katarina’s Girl Scout sisters have been so inspired by her story that they have donated some of their hair to Locks of Love in her honor.

Katarina’s mother and Girl Scout troop co-leader, Carmela, couldn’t be prouder of her daughter. As a child, Carmela lost her hearing after suffering a severe ear infection and was routinely alienated by her peers.

“Katarina has grown up with deaf parents and has developed a caring and compassionate nature for other people, and being part of Girl Scouts has just expanded on that,” said Carmela. “I was a (Girl Scout) Brownie myself growing up, and I wanted the same positive experience for Katarina. It has been a wonderful and fun experience volunteering for Katarina’s troop, and worth all the hard work! I believe that Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization to be part of, and both Katarina and I have met so many caring people and made our best friends through Girl Scouts.”

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Katarina and her Girl Scout troop

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day 2013

When you support Girl Scouts of Colorado, you support girls like Katarina in helping them find their courage, confidence and character. Make a donation to Girl Scouts of Colorado for Colorado Gives Day 2013 on Dec. 10th. Donations can be made at any time up until Dec. 10th, and will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. Thank you in advance for your support!

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

Next Tuesday, Dec. 10th, is a big day in Colorado. It is Colorado Gives Day! This is the day when Coloradans are encouraged to support their favorite nonprofits, like Girl Scouts of Colorado, by making a donation to them. The FirstBank Incentive Fund will increase all donations made that day, meaning your dollars go further to helping the nonprofits you choose to support.

We hope you will consider making a gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado on Dec. 10th. Your dollars help us provide programming that builds our leaders of tomorrow! You can schedule your donation at anytime between now and Dec. 10th. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Don’t forget to give to “Girl Scouts” on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4th

24 Hours to Give Where You Live on Dec. 4, 2012

Give to Girl Scouts of Colorado in your community and the value of your gift will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund!

Last year, Coloradans donated $12.4 million to their favorite nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

Make an online gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado this year!

  • 100 percent of every donation goes to charity! 100% of your gift will come directly to Girl Scouts of Colorado for local programs in your community.
  • The FirstBank Incentive Fund increases the value of every dollar donated.
  • Donate online! It’s easy, safe and secure!

Don’t wait! Schedule your gift now to be processed on Dec. 4, 2012!

And encourage your friends and family to give to Girl Scouts of Colorado too on Colorado Gives Day!

Give where you live! Click here to make your gift today!

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Give to Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day

24 Hours to Give Where You Live on Dec. 4, 2012

Give to Girl Scouts of Colorado in your community and the value of your gift will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund!

Last year, Coloradans donated $12.4 million to their favorite nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

Make an online gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado this year!

  • 100 percent of every donation goes to charity! 100% of your gift will come directly to Girl Scouts of Colorado for local programs in your community.
  • The FirstBank Incentive Fund increases the value of every dollar donated.
  • Donate online! It’s easy, safe and secure!

Don’t wait! Schedule your gift now to be processed on Dec. 4, 2012!

Give where you live!  Click here to make your gift today!

Support Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6th

Honor the great work of Megan Ferland

Tomorrow, Dec. 6th, Coloradans will be invited to support their favorite Colorado non-profit to help raise millions in just 24 hours– including Girl Scouts of Colorado! This is our second year to participate in Colorado Gives Day. Last year generous supporters helped Girl Scouts of Colorado raise nearly $8,000, and we’d like to double that amount this year!

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, every donation received on Dec. 6th will be increased in value by an incentive fund (up to a 30% match) started by FirstBank with a $300,000 lead gift. One hundred percent of your donation comes to Girl Scouts if you designate Girl Scouts of Colorado as the recipient of your gift.

Make a gift this holiday season that will bring the personal power of the Girl Scout leadership experience to every girl, everywhere in the state of Colorado. At least a third of girls enrolled in Girl Scouts throughout Colorado are from economically disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk communities. In fact, in recognition of our wonderful President and CEO Megan Ferland, who will be leaving us later this month to assume the President and CEO post at Girl Scouts in Seattle, we’ve set up The Opportunity Fund, which will be the direct beneficiary of all Girl Scouts Colorado Gives Day funds. The fund will benefit disadvantaged and underserved girls, as well as honor the great work Megan did here in Colorado to build up and strengthen Girl Scouts and set us on a course of renewed growth and dynamic programming.

To donate to Girl Scouts of Colorado:

  1. Visit GivingFirst.org/GirlScouts before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th to Donate Now. (You can even schedule your donation before Dec. 6th if you so choose.)
  2. Select your donation amount of $10 or more. You can donate with a credit card, or give directly from your checking account. Please be as generous as you can on this special occasion!
  3. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from Community First Foundation, and a gift acknowledgement letter from Girl Scouts.

Thanks for your support!