Entrepreneurship | The Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 2020 Annual Report

The Girl Scout Cookie Program, the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program, is an important part of the overall Girl Scout experience. Whether girls go door-to-door, set up booths at libraries and shopping centers, or sell cookies online with Digital Cookie®, girls are learning business skills. Helping girls enter the business and entrepreneurial workforce is beneficial for girls and the world. When girls’ and women’s ideas for how to change the world are put into action, the economy gains revenue and society gains ingenuity.   

In the beginning of this monumental year, Girl Scouts were all ready for cookie season – but as circumstances changed rapidly because of COVID-19, all of us buckled up for the bumpy ride. Girl Scouts quickly began to shift their plans and serve their communities in times of urgent need in creative ways. Girls donated cookies and formed their own independent service projects.

Troop 26547 Parent

“The girls in my troop had not had the opportunity to sell the cookies we purchased to sell at Cookie Booths, so we coordinated with parents to drop off the 396 boxes of cookies to Lurie’s, Cook County, and Rush Emergency Departments. All of the girls wrote their own thank you notes to health care workers for their work during these trying times.”

Gift of Caring Platinum Sponsors

Gift of Caring is a service project that enables customers and Girl Scouts to donate cookies, fall products, and program proceeds to dedicated military servicemembers and first responders. Thank you to our Platinum sponsors who helped make this possible in 2020!

Gift of Caring Platinum Sponsors →


Col. John S Rogers, USAF (RET.)

David G. Celli

Joseph Franzia

Ronald Berberian

Stanislaus Community Foundation

Porges Management, INC.

MRI 2018 Holding Group, INC.

Rogers Jewelry Co.

Damon Franzia

David Marganson

Mary & Peter Manno

Stephen Mort

Huff Construction Company, INC.

Vistech Manufacturing Solutions, INC.


Cass Vineyards

Dante Nomellini, Attorney at Law

Joseph & Karen Perricone

Catherine & Mike West

Ted Plemons

Mercedes-Benz of Stockton


Ross F. Carroll, INC.



Stanislaus Community Foundation

A.L. Gilbert Company



Itasca Bank & Trust Co

DeRuosi Nut

Lyons Land and Cattle Co. INC

American Chevrolet

Anthony P. Morreale

John Robert Shepperson

Nicole & David Noland

Rodney P. Dehart

Brett Honore

Joel Weis

Huff Construction Company, INC.

Fisher Nut Company

Heritage Ford

Lisa H. Franzia

Ben Bryce

William H. Gunnell

Bobby Ismail

Rebecca & Douglas Bott

John Mayol

Allen & Judy Layman

Stanislaus Community Foundation

Central Valley Automotive

Rizo-Lopez Foods, INC.

Larry Kuhlmann

James H. Barnick

Paul J. Van Konynenburg

Gary West

Daniel T. Berkley

Thomas E. Harms

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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