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In 2022, GSHNJ's CEO and lifetime member, Natasha Hemmings traveled to Saudi Arabi to share her knowledge and expertise in Girl Scouting. At the invitation of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Natasha met with Her Highness Princess Sama bint Faisal Al Saud and 100 Saudi women who were eager to use their voices and skills to advance women empowerment within their communities and across the country. In an interview with mycentralnewjersey, Natasha stated, "Being involved with Girl Scouts is my passion and my purpose and I have seen firsthand that even the youngest Girl Scout can make a positive difference in our communities. Naturally, I jumped at this unique opportunity to share my experiences with Girl Scouting and to demonstrate how engaged leadership and adult volunteers can inspire, empower, and better the lives of girls and young women here in New Jersey and across the globe."
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) today announced it will receive a $1.8 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This gift has been designated by GSHNJ to be used for its new mobile STEM classroom set to launch next month in partnership with global telecommunications provider Ericsson, and for its planned comprehensive Newark-based initiative that will include establishing a new state-of-the art building in the state’s largest city and embarking on an innovative collaboration with the Newark Board of Education. The donation will also be used, in part, to improve aging camp structures and post-pandemic membership recruitment initiatives and will be invested in future initiatives that will benefit its ever expanding, diverse membership.
GSHNJ serves about 12,000 girls ages 5-17 throughout Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, southern Warren, and parts of Middlesex counties. It is one of 29 councils nationwide – and the only council in New Jersey – to be recognized as a gift recipient.
“We are truly grateful to MacKenzie Scott for this generous, transformational gift that will be used to uplift so many girls in our local communities,” said GSHNJ CEO Natasha Hemmings. “This unprecedented donation will support our Council’s exceptional girls’ leadership development initiatives, with a particular focus on traditionally underserved communities, and will help us to address the many demands we face as we strive to meet the challenges of our growing organization.”
“To be recognized in this way is heartwarming and an affirmation of GSHNJ’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place; our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; and our promise to give Girl Scouts access to life-changing experiences that inspire them to do something big,” Hemmings added.
GSHNJ’s gift is part of an $84.5 million donation awarded to GSUSA and 29 local councils selected by Ms. Scott. It is the largest donation from an individual in the national organization’s history.
“We are so appreciative of MacKenzie Scott’s gift to Girl Scouts. This is a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to help girls cultivate the skills and connections to lead in their own communities and globally,” said GSUSA’s CEO, Sofia Chang. “The support from all our donors, including this generous support from Ms. Scott is critical in delivering on our work of reimagination and transformation. We’re excited to prove how Ms. Scott's investment in girls will change the world - because when one girl succeeds, we all succeed.”