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Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Receives $50,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities; Investment to Support Girl Scout Programming for Under-Resourced Communities in Maricopa County
By Justin Liggin - Friday Aug 11, 2023
Girl Scouts­–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. The funds will be used to support the organization’s GS Impact program, which provides year-round leadership training, extracurricular activities, and after school programming to girls across Maricopa County who may otherwise face a lack of access to Girl Scouting.

“Thanks to the generous support from The Thunderbirds and Thunderbirds Charities, we will be able to continue to eliminate financial barriers for families in Maricopa County and introduce 500 girls to our impactful life skills, leadership, outdoor activities, and STEM programming,” said Mary Mitchell, co-CEO of GSACPC. “As girls and their families navigate difficult circumstances due to the effects of the pandemic and rising costs of rent, groceries and basic needs, Thunderbird Charities is helping us create an environment where every girl can find a sisterhood and themselves.”

With 85 percent of GSACPC membership located in Maricopa County, the inclusive contribution from Thunderbirds Charities supports GSACPC’s commitment to serving girls from every economic, racial, ethnic, and religious background, and girls of all abilities through immersive and fun experiences like A Taste of Summer Camp, which is slated for spring 2024 at The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain in Phoenix.

“A Taste of Summer Camp provides girls served through the GS Impact program with the chance to take part in a full day of camp programming that includes exciting activities like archery, ziplining, climbing and more. The event is a valuable opportunity for families to get a preview of our residential summer camp and sign up for free camperships,” says Mitchell.

The GS Impact program also includes notable initiatives such as Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, which strengthens the mother-daughter bond for girls whose mothers are incarcerated, and the recently created Girl Scout Centers, accessible meeting places for girls to attend activities and events according to their family's schedule. Girl Scout Centers are currently located in Buckeye, Chandler, Mesa, Peoria, and South Phoenix.

Additionally, the program supplies girls with everything they need to get started in Girl Scouting from offering dues and program fee assistance to supplying uniforms, badge books and other essentials.

“Girl Scouting is a movement that helps shape our leaders of tomorrow,” said Christina Spicer, co-CEO of GSACPC. “We are grateful to be continually recognized by Thunderbirds Charities for our role in empowering the community and providing a space for girls to get on a path for future success.”

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About Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)
In partnership with 6,500 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves over 12,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.

About the Thunderbirds/Thunderbirds Charities
Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix.  The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds.  The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities.  The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona.  The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.  The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 285 “life” members.  For more information on the Thunderbirds or the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit  For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit