Ed Martinez, UPS Foundation & Mary McPhail, Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (CGI 2010)
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
In 1909 several girls demanded a place for girls at the Crystal Palace Boy Scout Rally. They were the very first advocates of the Movement – speaking out and challenging the norms and gender conventions of the time. Now, with ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting is open to all girls and young women whatever their religion, ethnic group or background. A Girl Guide or Girl Scout accepts the Promise and the Law based on spiritual values, personal development and commitment to helping others.
Through its Member Organizations and through working directly with girls and young women, WAGGGS delivers high quality non-formal educational programs and international opportunities that provide girls and young women dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, leadership and citizenship.
One of the great opportunities presented by globalization is the spread of corporate citizenship around the world. The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. Since launching its global philanthropy program in 2004, The UPS Foundation has invested more than $49 million in charitable activities beyond the borders of the United States.
In 2009, that impact can be measured by over $43 million in global philanthropy and more than 1.2 million employee volunteer hours.
Throughout its history, The UPS Foundation evolved to meet the changing needs of communities, addressing a variety of issues – from an early focus on health care and education to more recent giving in hunger, literacy, and volunteerism. Today, this unique approach to philanthropy impacts communities around the world and supports the committed engagement of over 400,000 UPS employees.