Local girls will benefit from a donation from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois are receiving a $1.4 million donation from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. It’s part of an $84.5 million donation to Girl Scouts of the USA, the largest single donation in the organization’s 110-year history.

According to a news release, the local council is one of 29 of 111 Girl Scout councils selected by Scott to receive the gift.

“There is little to be thankful for,” said GSEIWI CEO Diane Nelson. “We were thrilled to learn that Mackenzie Scott was impressed by the impact of local Girl Scouts. The girls in our community are changing the world! With this significant donation, we will expand opportunities for girls to build their confidence and take on the world.” , to lead with compassion and dynamism.”

Locally, the gift will improve programs, expand the program model to include more girls, create equitable opportunities and invest in talent in the region. This donation will also help the local council recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Across the country, the charity will accelerate initiatives to give girls the tools to become the next generation of influential women.

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