Fortunately, they knew what to do.
Last May the Girl Scouts made news when they announced a new policy of acceptance for transgender girls. The policy was reasonable and case-by-case based, but the policy is secondary to the story. What matters is that the organization adopted it as consistent with its mission.
Last month, a $100,000 donor sent the Queen Anne offices of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington a note demanding that the chapter “guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.” The $100,000 was about 25% of the group’s yearly fundraising goal, and would have been used to send about a 500 indigent girls to camp.
Council CEO Megan Ferland returned the donation, telling the donor “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” Of course she did. A non-profit organization cannot put a price tag on its mission and its integrity. This would be like St. Jude’s Hospital accepting a huge donation in exchange for allowing a black child to die of cancer. It would be like a a women’s college’s board of directors cutting a profitable deal with an outsider to close the school down, just to pick a wild hypothetical out of the air. It is the equivalent of treason, selling out one’s nation, or taking money to betray a family or a friend who trusts you.
What Ferland did was an easy call, and what any ethical leader of any non-profit would do when offered a similar bribe, even if the bribe was a hundred times that donation. What fascinates and frightens me is the very existence in the world of human beings so hate-filled and black of heart, so cruel and without pity, that they would use $100,000 to corrupt a virtuous organization and induce it to reject a child. This is a villain of the fanciful sort we associate with comic books, fables and fairy tales—the witch who wants to take away the world’s laughter, the super villain who uses her power to steal the innocence of children, or the Grinch. It is worth $100,000 to this warped individual to corrupt the Girl Scouts of America, to find the organization’s price to reject its stakeholders, young girls—“Everyone has a price, Smithers! Anyone can be corrupted!”—because that will give this rich, evil, misanthropic bigot joy.
It sends a chill up my spine. There really are people like this, maybe living next door, looking for opportunities to infect the rest of us with the sickness of gratuitous and mindless cruelty.
After this story was publicized, an Indiegogo fund was set up to help the Girl Scouts cover the loss of the donation. $172,690 was raised by the campaign in a single day.
Do you hear that, whoever or whatever you are? Foiled again!!!