Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma, Inc.
6100 N Robinson Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73118-7435
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma
Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma
Mission Statement
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities to develop their potential and have fun with their peers in a supportive, girl-led setting.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) helps all girls to improve their decision-making ability and leadership skills, increase their self-esteem, appreciate diversity and individuality, and contribute to their community.
Girl Scout Day at The Capitol 2013
Contact Information
Contact Name Shannon Evers
Contact email
Address 6100 N Robinson Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 7435
Phone (405) 528-4475
Fax 405-418-7999
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma accepts cash, check, and credit card for donations. These donations can be made on our website or by mail to 6100 N Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

Online donations may also be accepted at the following websites:


We also accept in-kind donations, real estate and stock transfers. To discuss your donation further, please contact our office at (800) 698-0022 or (405) 528-4475 (GIRL).
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $5,099,972.00
Projected Expenses $5,099,972.00
History and Background
Former Names
Girl Scouts - Red Lands Council2008
Girl Scouts - Sooner Council2008
Year Founded 1939
IRS Ruling Year 1935
State Registration Expiration Mar 2015
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities to develop their potential and have fun with their peers in a supportive, girl-led setting.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) helps all girls to improve their decision-making ability and leadership skills, increase their self-esteem, appreciate diversity and individuality, and contribute to their community.

Girls Scouts in the United States was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, a time when women could not vote, hold public office, or own property. Since 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA has become the premier leadership program for girls and women.

Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma, Inc., was formed on March 1, 2008, as a result of a merger between the Red Lands and Sooner Councils in Oklahoma. The Council currently serves 39 counties in western Oklahoma. 
Girl Scouts - Red Lands Council, organized in 1935 as the Girls Scouts Council of Oklahoma City, was chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA the same year. The name was changed to Red Lands Council of Girl Scouts in 1964 and then to Girl Scouts - Red Lands Council in 2000. The Council was governed by a 26-member board representing the 15-county service area.
The south central portion of the state was first organized as South Central Girl Scout Council in 1954. The name was changed to Sooner Girl Scout Council on June 28, 1960, and enlarged to the existing 24-county jurisdiction by merging with Southwest Oklahoma Girl Scout Council in 1974. The name was changed to Girl Scouts - Sooner Council, Inc., in 2000. 
Today, GSWest is reaching girls in all parts of the service area and in all walks of life—from traditional troops to innovative methods that include programs in schools, housing sites, and juvenile centers. We are taking leadership, self esteem, outdoor education, and other opportunities to every girl in western Oklahoma.
Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma strives to create a consistent, quality girl program that is accessible to every girl, everywhere, by maintaining strong and diverse funding streams and providing sound management and financial stewardship.
Recent accomplishments:

- Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma has consistently increased our service to girls through collaborative partnerships with public schools and after-school programs.

- We maintain a program delivery model that provides more than 60% of all program services to the most at-risk girl populations in our state, despite declining federal and state funding.
- Successfully completed our $5 million capital campaign to purchase, renovate and endow a new leadership center for girls.
We are currently working on strategic learning plan; Goals are to:
- Increase our support and streamline processes to attract and retain quality adult mentors and volunteers.

- Create a culture within the organization that leads to greater retention of our employees and volunteers.

- Implement program improvements within Girl Scout pathways that create sustainable growth.

- Work closely with our governing board to create succession planning, engagement practices, and an improved board development.

Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma continues its commitment to outreach programming throughout its service area.
  • Public Housing - Girl Scouts serves about 300 girls in four Oklahoma City public housing communitites. Loss of state funding has left this program with a $25,000 gap in funding.
  • Detention Centers/Juvenile sites - Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma serves 220 girls annually through our Beyond Bars and Girls in Detention Centers programs. The program, initially funded through the Dept. of Juvenile Affairs received federal funding cuts, incurring a $55,000 funding gap. 
  • In-School Program sites - GSWestOK serves nearly 4,000 girls in schools in the OKC public school district and in Norman, Enid, Lawton, Ardmore, and Duncan. Most of the schools that are served are "needs improvement" schools. However, we have many schools on a waiting list who have requested the Girl Scout programs to which we are unable to serve. Each school costs an average $36,000 to serve. 
  • Using new technologies, we are streamlining our volunteer intake system to ensure girl safety and ease of volunteer applications, including more opportunities for online training to meet the needs of our volunteers. The continued development of volunteer training and support is $68,000 each year.
  • New Program development - Our Leadership development program continues to grow with new curriculum and opportunities for girls. New program activites include the "Be a Friend First (BFF)" anti-bullying program and the "I Can Be..." program for Daisies and Brownies.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Every day we are blessed with the fortune of being inspired by the girls that we serve in Girl Scouts. Their ability to meet the challenges that so many of them face with courage, confidence and character, while making the world a better place, is an achievement worth celebrating. Together we have created more resources to better serve girls in western Oklahoma. We appreciate the support of our volunteers, United Way partners, and donors who have made it possible for us to provide strong, impactful programs for girls. We are proud of our partnerships with schools to create more in-school programs where there is a need, working with after-school and out-of-school programs to help provide girl-led programming. We continue to reach girls in public housing, juvenile detention, alternative schools, along with many outdoor programs at community centers and our own camps. We are excited to be a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and to promote access to STEM programming for girls interested in careers in those fields.

As we continue in our next century of Girl Scouting, it is a time for us to honor the legacy we have been given and look forward to all the opportunities we can provide to girls in the future. It is an exciting time to be a Girl Scout. Thank you for giving generously to girls and supporting them as they find their Leadership voice through Girl Scouting.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Canadian County
Cleveland County
Grady County
Lincoln County
Logan County
McClain County
Midwest City/Del City
Oklahoma County
Pottawatomie County
Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma serves 39 counties in central and western Oklahoma including Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Garfield, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Roger Mills, Stephens, Tillman, Washita, Woods, and Woodward.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Educational Services
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/Girls Scouts of the U.S.A

Girl Scouts serves girls ages 5-17 with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). All Girl Scout program activities are part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. It begins with a definition of leadership that girls understand and believe in: a leader, girls say, is defined not only by the qualities and skills one has, but also by how those qualities and skills are used to make a difference in the world. The GSLE has three "keys" to leadership: 

  • Discover:  Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
  • Connect:  Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
  • Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place. 

All experiences in Girl Scouting incorporate these three keys. Experiences are also, girl led, and encourage learning by doing and cooperative learning. Girls can experience Girl Scouting through any one, all, or some of the six Pathways: Events, Series, Travel, Troops, Camp, and Virtual.

Population Served Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Description Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma offers girls the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts during the school day. Through a collaboration with public schools throughout our 39 district service area, we offer curriculum that compliments the school curriculum, with 93% of GS curriculum meeting PASS objectives. Our curriculum modules include self esteem, antibullying, financial literacy, Girl Scout Ways, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and health and nutrition. The budget is based on a per school cost of $180 per student per school year. We serve an average of 200 girls in each school.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Females
Description Girl Scouts serves girls who are facing some of life's most challenging and frightening outcomes. Girl Scouts in Detention Centers is a program created collaboratively through the Department of Juvenile Affairs and Girl Scouts to address the rising number of girls in detention, where appropriate programming is extremely limited. In Oklahoma, a state that imprisons more women per capita than any other place in the world, this is a startling but real fact of life for many of our Oklahoma girls. We serve these programs weekly at detention centers in central Oklahoma with programs on self esteem, life skills, STEM, and much more.
Population Served Females Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Description Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in order to give girls opportunities they didn't have previously, and in 1912 camping was an activity that wasn't acceptable for girls. In the 102 years since its founding, Girl Scouts has made a tradition out of camping. Today we continue to honor the tradition of camping while leveraging technology and innovation. We offer day and summer camps to girls during school breaks that allow them to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), outdoor skills, horseback riding, and so much more. For many girls, this is their first try at independence, and the skills they learn, the bonds they form, will last them a  lifetime.
Population Served Females General/Unspecified K-12 (5-19 years)
Description Girls Scouts of Western Oklahoma is proud to be a leader in STEM programming for girls. We continue to support our Oklahoma community by training and introducing girls to STEM opportunities to ensure a strong Oklahoma work force. Girls ages 5-17 explore STEM activities in a hands-on, girl-led environment. These activities include LEGO robotics teams, Criminal Science Investigation (CSI), geology, chemistry, and many other activities. Thanks to successful partnerships with local companies and female STEM leaders, we are creating a stronger Oklahoma by introducing STEM to more girls.
Population Served Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In 2008, Girl Scouts of the USA redefined the Girl Scout program model as the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GLSE), defining three keys and aligning those to 15 Outcomes. This model allows for the organization to create a consistent, quality and impactful program to all girls served in the organization. The Journeys, an award-winning curriculum developed as the foundation of our program, comes with some challenges. As you may imagine in a program that has over a 100-year tradition, there is some resistance to change, yet the changes are mostly in the delivery of the program rather than in content. Additionally, there is an investment in all change management and, in this case, the investment of retraining staff and volunteers, communicating and marketing the pathway model. Purchasing curriculum and aligning infrastructure has been a large investment taken on by councils. However, in all of this change is centered a desire to maintain a relevant program model for today's girls and volunteers. As we see girls facing different challenges than their mothers and grandmothers, it is important the program stay girl centered and thus girl led. All volunteer-based nonprofits struggle with the changing face of volunteerism. As both adults in the home are working more than ever outside the home, we must be agile in meeting the needs of those who want to serve their community through service.

The flexibility of the pathway service delivery model allows flexibility for girls and adults to engage in Girl Scouts in their chosen pathway(s). As a Girl Scout and Girl Scout volunteer, you choose your pathway and you choose your Journey. This model allows the Girl Scout organization to serve girls in ways we weren’t able to before. GSWest continues to strive to meet the needs of some of our most at-risk Oklahoma girls and serve them with quality programs that will provide the experiences and skills necessary to ensure their success.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Shannon Evers
Start Date Sept 2012

Shannon Evers joined Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma as Chief Executive Officer in September, 2012.

Shannon brings a wide scope of experience to this position. She has served as Chief Development Officer for the past four years with Girl Scouts - Western Washington. Prior to that, Shannon served as the Development and Marketing Director of Girl Scouts Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, and the Associate Director of Development for the YWCA of Greater Portland, Oregon.

Shannon is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive Certificate and belongs to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She holds a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout may achieve, and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Shannon believes strongly in what the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience has to offer girls in every community. “I believe in the importance of Girl Scouting and want to give every girl the opportunity to become all they can achieve through Girl Scouts. I am eager to make a difference in the lives of girls and the volunteers who mentor them by promoting an open exchange of ideas and encouraging people to use their various talents and abilities to take this organization to the next level."

Senior Staff
Teri EnglandChief Financial Officer
Crystal SlaterChief Development Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 45
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 2737
Staff Retention Rate 92
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 38
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 40
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2009
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes


Boys and Girl Clubs
Central Oklahoma Juvenile Detention Center
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
Junior League of Oklahoma City
Junior League of Lawton
Ardmore Public Schools
Enid Public Schools
Lawton Public Schools
Marie Dety House - Lawton
Norman Public Schools
Office of Juvenile Affairs
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma City Housing Authority
Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center
Positive Tomorrows

And many more

United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency2012
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2007
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2012
Association of Fundraising Professionals2007
Highest Membership GrowthGirl Scouts of the U.S.A2010
Certificate of Merit - Rural Youth DevelopmentUS Department of Agriculture2010
Outstanding Volunteer ServiceOKlahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs2008
Standards of ExcellenceOklahoma Center for Non-Profits2006
Non-Profits Making a DifferenceJournal Record2010
Community Impact AwardOklahoma Business Ethics Consortium2014
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Risk Management Provisions
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Susan Hardy Brooks
Company Affiliation Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Oct 01, 2015
Board of Directors List
Julia Adame Bay Equity, LLCVoting
Tanishia Beacham Sonic, America's Drive-InVoting
Mr. Chris Bruehl Governor's Office, State of OklahomaVoting
Ann Cameron Community VolunteerVoting
Teresa Carpenter Valero Energy Corp.Voting
Jennifer Ellis Cosmetic Specialty Labs, Inc.Voting
Shannon Evers CEOGirl Scouts - Western OklahomaExofficio
Norma Ferguson Ferguson & AssociatesVoting
Kay Goebel Ph.D.Psychologist, Private PracticeVoting
Anne Gray Community VolunteerVoting
Susan Hardy Brooks Schnake Turnbo Frank PRVoting
Marilyn Jenkins Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Rusty LaForge Stillwater National BankVoting
The Honorable David Lewis Oklahoma Court of Criminal AppealsVoting
Jennifer Litchfield Student; Girl memberNonVoting
Kate Lytle Student; Girl memberNonVoting
Joan Maguire J & M Investments Co.Voting
Mr. Dan Martel SaxumVoting
Catherine Oster Devon Energy Corp.Voting
Susan Regier Regier, Washecheck & Jones, PLLCVoting
Diana Rogers Jaeger Oklahoma Housing Finance AgencyVoting
Fawn Sachleben Stillwater National BankVoting
Dara Wanzer INTEGRIS HealthVoting
Jennifer Wheeler McAfee & TaftVoting
Linda Whittington Corner EnergyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Hawaiian/Pacific Islander - 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 22
Not specified 0
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 30 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Serving 39 counties, we have an opportunity to reach out to involve more board members from all areas of our council. We continue to work to recruit these community leaders to our board and meet the challenges that come with that, such as leveraging technology so that board members outside of our metro area can participate in board meetings without travel. We continue to work to diversify our council board of directors through board development selection criteria focused on geographic, ethnic, racial, and technical skill diversity.   
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2015-Sept 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $5,099,972
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $5,099,972
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$4,656,164$4,410,848$6,180,273
Total Expenses$4,634,864$4,181,621$3,964,190
Revenue Less Expenses$21,300$229,227$2,216,083
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$239,260$650,305$2,303,146
Investment Income, Net of Losses$35,383$50,592$47,607
Unrealized Gain/Loss$129,344$164,481$253,367
Membership Dues$146,294$145,476$175,605
Special Events$366,115$134,148$366,413
Revenue In-Kind$23,000$57,900$61,262
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,928,371$3,441,397$3,295,082
Administration Expense$283,012$431,296$414,296
Fundraising Expense$423,481$308,928$254,812
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.051.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue30%24%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$8,137,576$8,108,142$9,690,181
Current Assets$438,689$696,923$853,676
Long-Term Liabilities$31,894$45,639$1,601,242
Current Liabilities$268,295$246,416$502,079
Total Net Assets$7,837,387$7,816,087$7,586,860
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.642.831.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%17%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,633,032Earned Revenue $2,411,397Earned Revenue $2,447,737
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $409,216Individuals $650,305Individuals $2,303,146
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Support $378,755Indirect Support $413,825Indirect Public Support $404,926
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose This campaign is for a storm shelter/activity center at our resident Camp E-Ko-Wah in Marlow, as well as two 15-passenger vans for transportation needs.
Campaign Goal $290,000
Campaign Dates Oct 2014 to Sept 2015
Amount Raised To Date $176,344 as of Jan 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
Address 6100 N Robinson Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 7435
Primary Phone 405 528-4475
Contact Email
Give with Credit Card
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Shannon Evers
Board Chair Susan Hardy Brooks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR


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