Nonprofit Leader Spotlight

Molly Fuller, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Name: Molly Fuller

Title: CEO

Nonprofit organization: Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Nonprofit Address: Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast Administrative Offices, P.O. Box 14999, Milwaukee, WI  53214-0999

Website: www.gswise.org

Mission of the organization: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Annual volunteer/fundraising event: Growing Strong Breakfast, Live the Promise Breakfast

What makes your organization unique? "Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and the leading authority on girls’ healthy development. Our council serves more than 28,000 girl members in grades K-12 in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Waukesha counties, and parts of Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Walworth, and Washington counties."

What is one key thing needed for leadership in the nonprofit sector? “Leaders in the non-profit sector need to effectively communicate their organization’s mission to the community at large and engage stakeholders to support that mission. The nonprofit sector thrives when stakeholders collaborate to bring the necessary changes to achieve their vision and create a healthier reality for their community."

Is your organization in search of board members? "A board development committee meets annually to identify the gaps in the board and conducts a search for potential board members. They present the new slate for consideration at the annual meeting every year in May."

How can business people/the community help your organization? "Adults can support every aspect of our mission through mentoring opportunities, sharing their talents on either a short- or long-term basis, or via a financial contribution to ensure that Girl Scouting is available to all girls in our community (examples include camp scholarships and financial aid). Visit our Web site for more information."

Why do you think people should volunteer or become a board member? "We offer several exciting, flexible pathways through which adults can participate in Girl Scouting. Whether you choose to work directly or indirectly with girls on a short- or long-term basis, you are helping to develop our women leaders of tomorrow."

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