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

For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls develop into strong leaders. Our 59 million alumnae are proof of our leadership development program. The Girl Scout Impact Study, research from the Girl Scout Research Institute, provides compelling evidence that Girl Scouts fare better than non-Girl Scouts on a number of key measures of life success. Compared to their non-Girl Scout peers, Girl Scouts are more likely to:

  • Exhibit stronger leadership skills and take an active role in decision making;
  • Earn better grades and have higher academic aspirations;
  • Desire a career in STEM, law, or business, industries in which women are underrepresented;
  • Have adults in their lives who help them pursue goals and think about their future; and
  • Participate in fun and challenging activities that shape their character and open up new worlds to them.

Girls who complete school and have strong self-esteem are healthier when they choose to have families and they make better, more informed decisions when it comes to their families. The girls we serve now are the business leaders, community stewards, and mothers of the next generation. When you invest in a girl, you produce the greatest return in economic development, social progress, and public health.

Needs

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You'll help them find their inner G.I.R.L.!

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop essential life skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the excitement, the impact, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

Volunteer roles can include being a co-leader; assisting a troop with activity planning, driving, money management, or other tasks as needed; coordinating cookie sales at the troop level; mentoring adult volunteers; and, volunteering at our camps during the summer months.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut also has a need for tablet computers that can be used in the field to improve volunteer and program support and collect program impact data. Tablets are increasingly being used to support troop activities.

Assistance with marketing and media outreach helps us raise the profile of the organization and reach more girls.

CEO Statement
I am proud to serve as CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut after 30+ years as a senior woman leader in the private sector and a Girl Scout in my youth. Our organization is the largest and most effective girl leadership program in the state, serving nearly 30,000 girls and over 13,000 adult volunteers.  While we are known for cookie sales, we offer so much more in the way of leadership training and critical programming relevant to the issues facing today’s girls. 

While supporting our traditional troops, we have targeted underserved populations of girls, delivering our programming to them in schools, community centers, and other non-traditional venues through community-based partnerships. We address girl-to-girl bullying, positive body image and healthy lifestyles, and offer girls hands on experience in STEM and outdoor programs. College Pathways helps to prepare teenage girls for the process of applying to college and receiving financial aid, through educational sessions for them and their families and college visits. Our Girl Scout Gold Award rivals the coveted Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award, permitting our most senior members the opportunity to leave a lasting and meaningful impact on their communities. A good percentage of the money from cookie sales goes directly back to the Girl Scouts who sell them, and in many cases these girls use the proceeds to complete a project to benefit their local community. In the state, we ship over 125,000 boxes of cookies to veterans, active soldiers, and other first responders through our Cookies for Heroes program.

We know that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  Studies conducted by our national organization demonstrate the discernible positive impact of Girl Scouting on academic success, as well as on the lifestyles girls will lead as successful adult women.

One of the challenges facing Girl Scouting today is that we are the best girls’ leadership organization that no one recognizes as such.  We have celebrated more than 100 years of success. Our future lies in telling our leadership story and delivering Girl Scouting to any girl who wants to be a Girl Scout, in a way that complements her lifestyle and the community where she lives.  Girl Scouting is here to stay and it has significant relevance in our efforts to get our girls to where they want to be in life.

Finally, I want to say that we are an incredibly fiscally responsible organization with strong governance.  Our staff lives by the values of our mission; we put mission before all else.

Board Chair 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.

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: 
 
  • 60% of girls earn badges, awards and recognitions, demonstrating new skills and knowledge gained
  • 60% of 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)
  • 90% of girls try new things as a result of their involvement with Girl Scouts
  • 90% of girls make new friends as a result of joining a troop or attending camp
  • 70% of 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 thousands of hours of community service and earned more than 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.

Description At summer camp, girls take the lead in everything that they do – they practice leadership with grit like a go-getter, problem solve and are creative like an innovator, try new things and embrace new ideas like a risk-taker, and show empathy like a leader. Camp builds problem-solvers! Girls with more frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and solve problems — qualities that will help them embark on a lifetime of leadership. Camp exposes girls to new experiences! Camp builds courage and confidence! Spending time in nature improves a girl’s concentration and creative reasoning. Outdoor experiences also help promote healthy social development and increases her self-esteem.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
Description Essential to our mission is to make Girl Scouting available to any girl in Connecticut who wants to be a Girl Scout. Our Community Based Program enables us to target student populations that are underserved and unable to otherwise participate due to transportation issues, economic barriers, lack of sufficient adult volunteers, or other factors. To meet this need, our staff delivers skill specific series programs like STEM, financial literacy, Girlz R.U.L.E.® (positive communication/healthy relationship program ) in schools and other community locations. In 2016, we served nearly 7,000 girls through these programs.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adolescents Only (13-19 years) /
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
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) 5%
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 Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$751,374$819,139$773,642
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$247,734$277,881$266,625
------
$2,023,455$2,129,847$2,118,899
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,542,226$106,630$1,508,074
Membership Dues------
Special Events$224,160$254,799$153,973
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$6,321,511$6,484,367$6,841,855
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$10,042,648$10,368,745$10,636,660
Administration Expense$759,567$812,588$722,237
Fundraising Expense$521,891$389,197$471,364
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.870.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue43%29%39%
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
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.880.780.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%10%4%
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. However, due to our underfunded pension liability of approximately $700,000 (plan now frozen), we experienced a deficit in prior years. In the fiscal year ending 9/30/16, we had the benefit of divesting two underutilized properties that allowed us to achieve a surplus. This divestiture was a part of our overall long range property plan. We are projecting another surplus for the 2017 fiscal year.

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. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. 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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