Girl Scouts Heart of the South
PO Box 240246
Memphis TN 38124
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Address PO Box 240246
Memphis, TN 38124
Telephone 901 3343465
Mission Statement Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
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Girl Scouts equips girls with the courage to be strong, the confidence to lead and the character to make a difference. One girl can make a difference. Together they can change the world.  


 You can help by making your gift to Girl Scouts today!

$35 will train and support a volunteer troop leader

$100 will offer a year of select Council programs for one girl

$300 will sponsor the complete Girl Scout Leadership Journey for one girl

Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized as members of our Juliette Gordon Low Society.


Girls need positive role models to help them find their way. Volunteer today.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Melanie Schild
Board Chair Ms. Mary Kay Wegner
Board Chair Company Affiliation ServiceMaster
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1935
Former Names
Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South2008
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,897,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,897,000.00
Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized.


Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae. 


In our community, Girl Scouts  had its earliest beginnings in 1916 when troops began to meet in the Mid-South area.  Word spread quickly throughout west Tennessee and north Mississippi as troops began to take part in this wonderful new opportunity for girls.  There were lone troops throughout the area for several years before any local councils were officially chartered.  Council records document activities by these varying troops that include summer day camps and overnight camps. 


Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South was incorporated in 1935 to serve Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.  By 1954, the council had grown to serve the counties of Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton, Tennessee, Crittenden County, Arkansas; and DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi.  The council office was first located in the Community Center at Second and Madison and in the home of Mrs. R. J. Lilley. The Lee Lumber Company built a model home at the Fairgrounds and the Girl Scouts were allowed to use the house as their headquarters. Of course, when the Fair was held, they moved out and returned when the festivities were over. For 23 years, Bry's Department Store furnished the council with free office space.  In 1969, the council office was moved to Dorrie Lane where it remained until December of 2001 when it was relocated to Kirby Parkway. Today's Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council was born from the merger of the Mid-South, Northeast Mississippi, Reelfoot and Northwest Mississippi Girl Scout Councils in 2008. In January of 2011, Girl Scouts Heart of the South purchased a new headquarters building at 717 S. White Station Road in Memphis.


Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud of the contributions our members have made in the community, the affect the Girl Scout Leadership Experience has on girls, and the integrity of the organization. A few recently highlights include:

· Began national “Stand Beside Her” movement to bring awareness to the need of supporting women and girls through mentorship, encouragement and advancement.
· Honored record number of local Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. This recognition is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn and results in sustainable projects for community improvement.
· Streamlining financial and organizational structure to ensure sustainability, sound business practices, and good financial stewardship.
· Progress toward conversion to a new Customer Engagement Initiative business model, which required staff restructure, software changes, and realignment and re-training of volunteer base.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s Strategic Priorities for 2015-2018:

Volunteer Engagement

Focus on a Customer Engagement Initiative to make the volunteer experience more streamlined, efficient and customer focused.

Fiscal Responsibility

Develop and implement a financial model for sustainability and capacity building. Focus on diversification of funding streams and reduce reliance on the Girl Scout Cookie Sale.

Community Engagement

Build sustainable partnerships within the community to provide results-oriented opportunities for girls.



Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring girls have the opportunity to be the leader she wants to be and the leader the world needs her to be. 
We help girls cultivate a positive value system, a stronger social conscience, higher self-esteem, and the critical life skills needed to become productive young women.  However, many girls are living in adverse conditions: low family income, lack of transportation, low parental involvement, reduced funding for school programs, and limited access to resources. These issues are the critical reasons why we must bring Girl Scouting to the girls and reduce barriers for participation.
Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas continue to rank highest among states with elevated childhood poverty, obesity, and high school drop out rates.  It is imperative that girls see themselves as courageous, strong, and capable of accomplishing anything.  These statistics need to change, and you can help. 
Our girls need:
  • community support, achieved through consistent, long-term relationships with schools, churches, and businesses.
  • volunteers to lead them.
  • financial resources to provide relevant programs in a safe, positive environments.
  • opportunities through partnerships and activities to practice leadership skills in real-time, real-life settings.
Our girls need you.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
59 counties in north Mississippi, west Tennessee and Crittenden County, Arkansas. Our Council borders Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, the Mississippi and Middle Mississippi.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mary Kay Wegner
Company Affiliation ServiceMaster
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ahsaki Baptist Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Claire Barnett Ensafe
Sulee Blansett Pillow Academy
Lara Bowman The Enterprise of Mississippi
Nancy Cochran Burleigh Consulting Group
Dr. Pamela Evans Evans Medical Clinic
Rosemarie Fair One Source Commercial, Inc.
Cathy Fitzpatrick Benefit Solutions
Tracey Zerwig Ford Hutchison School
Leonie Hefley Commercial Bank and Trust
Carolyn McAdams City of Greenwood
Lori Patton Road Show BMW/MINI
Dr. Stuart Polly Retired
Abi Rayburn Community Volunteer
Dr. Loretta Rudd University of Memphis
Melanie Schild Girl Scouts Heart of the South
Gina Sweat City of Memphis
Laurie Thornton Glankler Brown
Mary Kay Wegner The Service Master Company
Sharon Younger Younger & Associates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 Asian/Caucasian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 16
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Melanie Schild
Experience Melanie McMillan Schild has vast experience in nonprofit strategic management, strategic alliance building and marketing. Spanning a career of over twenty-five years, she has served as CEO, board member, and volunteer for international, national and local not-for-profit organizations. Schild served most recently as Executive Director for Pilot International, a charitable and educational organization dedicated to transforming communities. She also led Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc. as the Executive Director.
Full Time Staff 32
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 2000
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Girl Scouts Heart of the South is changing girls' lives through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We teach girls in grades K-12 to take action: for themselves, their communities and the world. And with generations of proactive, passionate women as mentors, girls have access to life-changing experiences and adventures.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is offered through age-appropriate activities that focus on being girl-led and girl-driven, involve hands-on and cooperative learning, and take a holistic approach. Whether a girl chooses to participate through a troop, series, camp and/or event pathway, she is in charge of her own experiences. When a girl actively participates in Girl Scouts, she learns life-long skills, gains confidence in her abilities, develops positive values, works with a team towards a common goal, learns to plan and budget, becomes more aware of others, and takes action to make a difference.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $3,000,000.00
Short Term Success

Locally, Girl Scouts Heart of the South focuses on four of the 15 National Outcomes for Girls, and sets a goal of 75% of girls will:

Develop a strong sense of self: Girls feel they have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Develop positive values: Girls form beliefs and values based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, learn to consider ethical aspects of situations, and seek ways to improve their community.

Gain practical life skills: Girls gain skills that prepare them for a positive, healthy and independent future.

Promote cooperation and team building: Girls recognize the value of working together and learn to make decisions that benefit the whole group.

Advocate for themselves and others: Girls develop the ability to speak out on their own behalf and act and speak on behalf of others.

Long Term Success

The Girl Scout Leadership Model identifies 15 outcomes that help girls reach our long-term goal and mission for girls to lead with courage, confidence, and character, and make the world a better place. Activities focus on three keys that impact a girl’s leadership qualities: discover who they are and their values, connect with others and take action to make a difference. Girls may join Girl Scouts at any time; however, the earlier they begin, the longer they stay in, and active involvement in multiple opportunities provides the greatest impact.

Examples of Program Success

Eighty-eight percent of girls indicate they developed self-confidence, positive values, practical life skills, teambuilding skills and became advocates for themselves and others. Additionally, 95% of girls said they learned or did something new in Girl Scouts; and 81% said they were able to do things in Girl Scouts they do not have the opportunity to do anywhere else.

Girls said they learned skills that will help them in life (96%), and learned things that will help them do better in school (73%). Ninety-four percent of girls are glad they participated in Girl Scouts and 89% would recommend it to their friends. Comments by respondents demonstrate success:

“Girl Scouts makes me feel good about myself.”

“Girl Scouts has helped me learn new things and be encouraged to do new things.”

“Girl Scouts helped me be a better person.”

“My favorite thing about Girl Scouts is I get to do things I’ve never done before.”

CEO/ED/Board Comments

Girls are confronted with a number of negative influences, such as cyber-bullying, relational aggression, sexual harassment, low self-esteem, and unrealistic images portrayed in the media. It is critical to provide girls access to resources capable of successfully developing leadership skills and traits so they can make personal choices that include avoiding risky behaviors, challenging themselves in school, seeking higher education options, and become advocates for themselves and others, taking charge of their own futures and encouraging their peers to make better choices.

When a girl actively participates in Girl Scouts, she learns life-long skills, gains confidence in her abilities, develops positive values, works with a team towards a common goal, learns to plan and budget, becomes more aware of others, and takes action to make a difference. The girls we serve now are the business leaders, community stewards and mothers of the next generation. Girl Scouts affords the opportunity for girls to develop good self-esteem, adopt healthy life skills, avoid risky behaviors, stay in school and gain the employable skills they need to make themselves and their families healthy and self-sufficient for generations to come.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience program curriculum provides the foundation for developing leadership qualities in girls. But, it doesn’t work without caring mentors. Every year, girls miss out on the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because there are not enough volunteers or funding to support them. The program model provides flexibility in ways to join, access, and support Girl Scouts. Every girl deserves the opportunity to build leadership skills and traits – it will improve her life and her families’, and possibly the world.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $3,897,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,897,000.00
Audit Documents
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe 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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$206,011
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,888$10,995$85,038
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$22,331--
Revenue In-Kind$0$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,052,198$3,097,741$3,695,697
Administration Expense$262,891$296,118$388,329
Fundraising Expense$488,226$379,198$345,096
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.121.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue108%61%52%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,034,441$7,281,477$6,942,875
Current Assets$3,400,054$3,476,799$6,942,875
Long-Term Liabilities$1,258,597$1,354,314--
Current Liabilities$184,618$198,001$1,649,445
Total Net Assets$5,591,226$5,729,162$5,332,363
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.4217.564.21
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets18%19%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
Tennessee Charitable Solicitation Permit 2018-2019View
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Address PO Box 240246
Memphis, TN 38124
Primary Phone 901 3343465
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Melanie Schild
Board Chair Ms. Mary Kay Wegner
Board Chair Company Affiliation ServiceMaster


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