Girl Scouts of Connecticut
340 Washington St
Hartford CT 06106
Contact Information
Address 340 Washington St
Hartford, CT 06106-
Telephone (800) 922-2770 x
Fax 860-548-0325
E-mail customercare@gsofct.org
Web and Social Media
When she's a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.
Mission
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1940
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council
Girl Scouts Connecticut Trails Council
Connecticut Valley Girl Scouts Council
Girl Scout Council of Northwestern Connecticut
Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mary J. Barneby
Board Chair Patricia Bowen J.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alzheimer's Resource Center of Connecticut
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Background

It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Since then, we've made Juliette’s vision a reality, helping more than one million girls in Connecticut discover their strengths, passions, and talents.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut was formed in 2007 with the merger of five councils. We have five service centers and 12 outdoor activity centers across Connecticut. Last year, we served 27,500 girls and 13,990 adult members. For 106 years we’ve being fully-focused on, and responsive to, girls' interests and needs.

Girl Scouts doesn't empower girls; we prepare girls with the skills and experiences they need to empower themselves for life. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities: earning badges, going on field trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects. At Girl Scouts, girls learn by doing. They are inspired to discover their talents and passions in a safe, supportive, all-girl setting. Along the way, girls gain important skills in our four core program pillars:

  • STEM
  • Outdoors
  • Life Skills
  • Entrepreneurship

While girls may be exposed to these subjects in other places, Girl Scouts allows girls to experience them in a unique way that puts them on the path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. And because our program is girl-led, girls decide what they’ll do.

At Girl Scouts, we practice everyday leadership and promote G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ experiences. Girls:

 

  • Practice leadership with grit like a Go-getter
  • Problem-solve and create like an Innovator
  • Try new things and embrace ideas like a Risk-taker, and
  • Show empathy like a Leader

 

Being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways. A girl:

 

  1. Develops a strong sense of self
  2. Displays positive values
  3. Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks
  4. Forms and maintains healthy relationships
  5. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community

 

We prepare every G.I.R.L. to take the lead like a Girl Scout – to practice a lifetime of leadership through girl-led experiences, skills, and connections – because we know that girls built of courage, confidence, and character make the world a better place.

 

Impact

Since 1912, Girl Scouting has had a tremendous impact on girls and the communities of Connecticut. 

Our most recent accomplishments, listed below, have improved programming and access to services for girls in our state: 
 
- As part of the Customer Engagement Initiative to improve the volunteer experience and transform the overall way we deliver our support and programming, Girl Scouts of Connecticut established a call center, launched a new web site, converted its membership database, implemented a new program registration system, and introduced new online training opportunities for our volunteers.

- Communities benefitted from over 56,000 hours in volunteer service by girls who earned the highest awards for their Girl Scout level: 71 earned the Gold Award, 704 earned the Silver Award, and 801 earned the Bronze Award.

- 2017 was the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Program which teaches girls goal setting, business ethics, people skills, money management, and decision making. In Connecticut, girls sold over 2.2 million boxes of cookies to help finance their activities. Over 100,000 boxes were donated to local veterans and active duty military through the Cookies for Heroes program.

- We launched a new partnership partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences to create sequential, quality, engaging programming that provides a continuum of STEM opportunities for girls and young women in Grades 4 - 12. Overall, 8,640 girls participated in STEM programming in 2017.

- More than $338,000 in financial assistance was awarded so girls in Connecticut could participate in Girl Scouts and attend camp.

Needs

Support from the community is at the core of the Girl Scout experience. The following needs would help preserve and enhance our existing programming: 

- Having served more than one million girls in Connecticut over 106 years, Girl Scouting remains relevant and vital to our society and communities. Yet, the contributions made by Girl Scouts remain largely unknown. We must bring more visibility to the work we do and the impact we have.

- Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization and we continue to establish ways to enhance their Girl Scout experience. Growing our volunteer base will enable us to provide greater access to Girl Scouting, especially in underserved areas and with non-traditional audiences.

- We remain committed to demonstrating the impact of Girl Scouting through intentional efforts focused on outcomes measurement.

- The Long Range Property Plan is guiding our efforts to optimize the use of our properties in support of our 41,000 girl and adult members, with an approach that is fiscally and environmentally responsible. We are undertaking a feasibility study to help launch a capital campaign in order to raise the funds necessary to execute the Master Plan that has been developed

- We continue to focus on growing our reserves and endowment to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the organization.

 
CEO Statement

I am proud to serve as CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut after more than 30 years as a senior woman leader in the private sector and a Girl Scout in my youth. We are the largest, most effective girl leadership program in Connecticut, serving 27,500 girls and 14,000 volunteers. While we are known for cookies, Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience. Girl Scouts provides an inclusive, girl-led, safe environment where they can try new things, develop skills, take on leadership roles, and feel comfortable failing.

Girl Scouting offers outdoor adventures and activities for its girls. In addition to providing summer and troop camping opportunities, we introduced 23 new STEM and outdoor badges to build outdoor and adventure skills, boost girl engagement in STEM, and encourage girls to challenge themselves in areas they are often underrepresented.

There is a need for single-gender learning experiences for girls today.

Single-gender learning offers girls the opportunity to try fields they might not want to experience in front of boys. Single-gender requires that girls step up and be the editor of the school paper, the student council president, the chair of the science/mathematics club, and so on. In doing so, girls realize that they are able to have a seat at the table - at the head of the table - and are more confident, self-assured, and ready to compete.

When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting she wanted to create a global movement to make the world better for girls. Her goal was to “level the playing field,” so girls could get outside and ride horses, play basketball, and wear pants. Sadly, the “playing field” is still not level and gender equality in many areas of the workforce still exist.

The need for female leadership has never been more urgent than it is today—and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and women the tools needed for success.

Girl Scouts works. We’re committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders.

 

Board Chair Statement

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has valued and practiced diversity and inclusiveness, giving every girl the opportunity to be a Girl Scout. As a Girl Scout, the sky’s the limit! Girls immerse themselves in STEM, explore the outdoors, take positive action in their communities, and just have fun while building their confidence, relationships and leadership skills.

Last year, Girl Scouts in Connecticut sold nearly 2.2 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to fund their local adventures, which include community problem solving, troop activities and camp, to name only a few. We also introduced Girl Scout S’mores®, the most popular cookie to launch in our history, to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout entrepreneurs selling cookies. Nearly 9,000 girls participated in STEM programming including environmental discovery, astronomy, robotics, rocketry, coding, financial literacy, and more.

During Women’s History month in March, 29 of our older Girl Scouts engaged in meaningful dialogue with their state legislators and developed plans to advocate for gender pay equity to support pending legislation.

We offered thrilling programming in high adventure ropes courses, rock climbing, and more. We brought the joy of summer camp to over 4,000 girls across the state. More than 800 fearless and daring girls participated in these challenging programs, including taking a three-day canoe trip down the Connecticut River!

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored 71 Gold Award Girl Scouts and recognized 704 Girl Scout Cadettes who earned the Silver Award and 801 Girl Scout Juniors who earned their Bronze Award. Girls also collected nearly 12,000 books for a council-wide service project to donate to children and boost literacy in our state. Girl Scouts are taking action in each and every one of our Connecticut communities and making the world a better place.

We continued to work towards transitioning to a new way of work by embracing the Customer Engagement Initiative, also known as CEI. Our new way of work is supported by three technology platforms: Volunteer Systems powered by Salesforce, the Volunteer Toolkit which enhances online program delivery for our co-leaders, and a redesigned, more up-to-date web platform powered by Adobe. We are dedicated to ensuring our volunteers feel more supported so they can spend less time on paperwork and more time recruiting, retaining, and serving our girls.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut continues to work with our volunteers and staff on our Long Range Property Plan. Over time, we want to enhance and improve our properties and create other opportunities to provide a better outdoor experience for our girls and to raise the bar on the quality of the amenities available at our camp properties and service centers.

We are looking forward to our continued work as we provide girls across the state the tools and experiences they need to build courage, confidence, and character, and make our world a better place. When girls succeed, so does the world!

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Girls Scouts of the U.S.A
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Girl Scouts of Connecticut serves girls throughout the state of Connecticut.
Programs
Description
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is the framework for what girls do in Girl Scouting, how they do it, and how they will benefit. Girl Scout activities are designed to helps girls gain specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values. These activities are girl-led and involve learning by doing and cooperative learning so that girls:
  • Discover her special skills and talents, find the confidence to set challenging goals for herself, and strive to live by her values;
  • Connect with others, learn how to work with others, communicate to solve conflicts, and have healthy relationships; and,
  • Take action and make the world a better place.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in Connecticut achieve the following: 
 
  • Girls earn badges, awards and recognitions, demonstrating new skills and knowledge gained
  • Girls participate in product sales, empowering girls through the development of five essential skills (goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics)
  • Girls try new things as a result of their involvement with Girl Scouts
  • Girls make new friends as a result of joining a troop or attending camp
  • Girls implement community service projects to better our communities
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways supporting our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. A girl:

  1. Develops a strong sense of self
  2. Displays positive values
  3. Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks
  4. Forms and maintains healthy relationships
  5. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut tracks our success by utilizing the following measurement tools:
  • Retail sales database tracks sales of badges and recognitions 
  • Product sales software program records sales data and tracks success against girls’ individual goals
  • Annual Voices survey asks girls, parents, and volunteers about their participation in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut continues to provide innovative programs that help girls build courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Last year:

- 7,807 girls participated in STEM programming, including FIRST LEGO League and Junior FIRST LEGO League, Techbridge design and engineering activities, and our first ever Hackathon
- 30 girls visited the Merrill Lynch campus to learn financial literacy
- 250 Girl Scouts camped on the front lawn of Sikorsky
- 300 girls participated in astronomy programs
- 100 adults were trained as STEM Role Models
- Nearly 500 girls had the opportunity to participate in citizen science activities during our summer camps 

Last year, Connecticut Girl Scouts performed tens of thousands of hours of community service and earned nearly 66,000 badges; 71 girls earned the Gold Award, with another 1,000+ achieving highest awards for their level of Girl Scouting. Over 19,000 girls sold more than 2 million boxes of cookies, with 100,000 donated to Cookies for Heroes.

CEO/Executive Director
Mary J. Barneby
Term Start Oct 2012
Email mbarneby@gsofct.org
Experience

Mary Barneby has demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to the advancement of others through her successful career in the financial services industry where she has held senior roles for more than 30 years. She has also been an active and enthusiastic volunteer leader in a number of community-based and national not-for-profit organizations throughout her business career, with an emphasis on the advancement of girls and women.

Most recently the head of UBS’ Private Wealth Management office in Stamford, CT, Mary’s team was responsible for more than $6.5 billion in clients’ investment portfolios. During her ten years at UBS, Mary held several leadership roles in the wealth management business, but also was active in the UBS women’s network where she served as national chair for 3 years. During this time, Mary also held volunteer Board positions at Interval House, DOMUS in Stamford CT, the Stamford YMCA and the University of New Haven Board of Governors, where she has served as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. She is a former member of the CT Council for Education Reform, a group dedicated to closing the state’s educational achievement gap in grades K-12.

Mary is a graduate of New York University and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Fordham University. She completed post graduate coursework at the Wharton School. She has served as both a Director and the President of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, a professional organization with more than 1200 members, and remains a committed member of the FWA.

 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 91
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 6329
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 81%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 74
Hispanic/Latino 11
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 N/A
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 84
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Jennifer Smith Turner Oct 2007 - June 2012
Senior Staff
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Chief Marketing Officer
Title Chief Mission Delivery Officer
Title Chief Development Officer
Title Chief Administrative Officer
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Collaborations
Girl Scouts of Connecticut partners with a wide range of organizations to provide programming to girls across the state. These include: municipalities, school districts, community centers, housing developments, YMCA/YWCA, Boys & Girls Club, park and recreation departments, workforce development agencies, businesses, libraries, museums, and more.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Valley United Way2001
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance2010
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization1965
Comments
CEO Comments
GSOFCT has a variety of policies and procedures documents to cover different aspects of its operations, for example Human Resources/Personnel, Volunteer Essentials (which incorporates safety practices for anyone working with girls), the Blue Book of documents from Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as Communications Standards.
Board Chair
Patricia Bowen J.D.
Company Affiliation Alzheimer's Resource Center of Connecticut
Term Apr 2016 to May 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Dr. Sousan Arafeh Southern CT State University
Susan M Brousseau CPAAdelbrook Community Services, Inc.
Susan Bysiewicz The Bysiewicz-Donaldson Law Firm
Wendy Elberth Hartford Healthcare
Michele Etzel National Graphics, Inc.
Erica Evans Gioffre Hartford Funds
Virginia Giuffré Merrill Lynch
Rhea Grant Student
Leslie Hammond Entrepreneur
Andrea Kovacs Albertus Magnus College
Juliette Linares Student
Diana Mahoney Eversource Energy
Michaela McCormick Student
Elizabeth McGovern Aflac
Eloisa Melendez City of Norwalk
Margaret Monaco Civic Leader
Dawn Morris Webster Bank
Adrienne Parkmond Esq.The Workplace, Inc.
Carol Quinn Toomey Accenture
Nicole Sandford Deloitte & Touche LP
Pamela Scagliarini Bridgeport Hospital
Sheryl Sleeva Digital Network Services
Caterina Wang Student
Karen Wright St. Thomas Aquinas College
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 1 N/A
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 25
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Boiler and Machinery
Builders Risk
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Fiduciary Liability
Flood
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Renter's Insurance
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Water Craft and Aircraft
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Executive
Finance
Audit
Investment
CEO Comments
In addition to the committees listed, there is a Property Committee established to help oversee, manage and conduct long term planning for the Council's outdoor activity sites and service centers.
 
We do not have a separate Youth Board because we have positions for girl members on our Board of Directors. 
 
The Board Development Committee uses the Board Director Position Description in conjunction with the Decision Matrix that has been provided in its selection process
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2018
Projected Revenue $10,348,371.00
Projected Expenses $10,348,371.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$11,110,460$10,072,663$11,663,068
Total Expenses$11,324,106$11,570,530$11,830,261
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$13,535,161$13,848,056$14,547,667
Current Assets$1,233,128$1,433,676$1,052,766
Long-Term Liabilities$1,394,749$1,388,205$598,301
Current Liabilities$1,404,291$1,833,692$1,654,015
Total Net Assets$10,736,121$10,626,159$12,295,351
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Central & Northeastern CT $185,673United Way of Central & Northeastern CT $185,673United Way of Central & Northeastern CT $193,900
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTravelers $45,000Travelers $45,000Buck Foundation $125,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHartford Foundation for Public Giving $33,773Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $33,773Travelers Foundation $60,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

Each year we strive to achieve a balanced budget, monitoring and managing our expenditures closely while providing needed programming to our constituents. Due to our underfunded pension liability of approximately $700,000 (plan now frozen), we experienced a deficit in prior years. In the fiscal years ending 9/30/16 and 9/30/17, we had the benefit of divesting several underutilized properties that allowed us to achieve a surplus. This divestiture was a part of our overall long range property plan.

Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 340 Washington St
Hartford, CT 06106
Primary Phone 800 922-2770
Contact Email customercare@gsofct.org
CEO/Executive Director Mary J. Barneby
Board Chair Patricia Bowen J.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alzheimer's Resource Center of Connecticut

 

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