W. Wash. Girl Scouts refuse $100K anti-transgender donation

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The Girl Scouts of Western Washington says it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.

The council's chief executive Megan Ferland told the Seattle Metropolitan, "Every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to."


The group sent back the money in late May after the donor had asked that the gift be returned unless the group guaranteed that it would not be used to benefit transgender girls.

The local Girl Scouts council set up a crowdfunding campaign Monday asking for help to fill the gap, which was "a third of our entire financial assistance program" this year, according to The Washington Post.

By midday Tuesday, more than $170,000 in donations had poured in.

The group's vice president of marketing, Kate Dabe, says they've been astounded by the support. Dabe says the money will help girls join a troop, go to camp or participate in other activities.

She declined to share details about the donor, citing privacy concerns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report