Better Business Bureau Report for
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Address: 4930 Cornell Road
  Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: 513-489-1025
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1963, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Girl Scouts of Western Ohio meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) provides opportunities for girls to get the experiences and tools they need to be successful leaders now and throughout their lives. GSWO engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. These discoveries happen through the “Girl Scout” program. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the four council goals: girls will understand themselves and their values, girls will use their knowledge and skills to explore the world, girls will care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally, and girls will act to make the world a better place. According to the charity, GSWO served 49,330 girls through the dedication of 13,800 volunteers in 2011.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2011, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio's program expenses were:

Program Services 9,455,788
Total Program Expenses: $9,455,788
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Chief Executive : Ms. Roni J. Luckenbill , Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Ms. Jody Wainscott
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 182

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, grant proposals, Internet
Fundraising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $17,195,608, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Girl Scouts of Western Ohio's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Cookie and Merchandise Sales 16,090,234
United Way Allocations 1,055,294
Legacies, Bequests, and Contributions 692,001
Program Fees and Dues 654,585
Interest and Dividends, Net of Fees 387,929
Net Realized Gains 126,142
Other 114,988
Government Grants 16,614
Net Unrealized Losses -641,921
Less Allocations to Troops and Service Units -2,454,906
Less Direct Cost of Cookie and Merchandise Sales -4,947,086
Total Income $11,093,874


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $11,093,874
Program expenses $9,455,788
Fund raising expenses 460,481
Administrative expenses 1,414,570
Total expenses $11,330,839
Expenses in Excess of Income (236,965)
Beginning net assets 33,886,723
Ending net assets 33,649,758
Total liabilities 407,274
Total assets $34,057,032

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