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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Receives $20,000 Grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation

July 14, 2014

A $20,000 grant will allow Girl Scouts of Connecticut to serve 1,200 girls ages 7-10 in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, and Bridgeport.

More than 60 percent of girls avoid activities they love because they feel bad about their looks, according to global research. Recently, Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Dove to launch Free Being Me, a global leadership initiative that helps girls become more body confident, follow their dreams, and build their self-esteem.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut was one of ten councils selected to pilot this program, and thanks to the Fairfield County Community Foundation grant, this program will be implemented this summer. The grant funds will be used to reach underserved girls through staff-led programs in a variety of community locations, building girls’ confidence and ensuring that concerns about their looks won’t interfere with their ability to become successful adults.

 “The Free Being Me curriculum produces tangible results,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “One study has found that up to three years later, 78 percent of girls feel more confident and capable at school. We are grateful for the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s support of this important programming, as we can continue to build a generation of girls that will be more confident and capable.”

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit

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