Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
7257 Cross County Road
North Charleston SC 29418
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 7257 Cross County Road
North Charleston, SC 29418
Telephone (843) 552-9910
Fax (843) 552-6221
Projected Annual Revenue $2,973,213.00 (2017)
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Mission Statement “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Loretta Graham
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Borghesi
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Computer Software Professional, Hilton Head
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1953
Former Names
Girl Scouts of the Lowcountry2006
Girl Scout Council of the Pee Dee Area2006
Financial Summary
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Mission “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of the USA founder, Juliette Gordon Low, organized the first group of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. On January 20, 2007 the Girl Scouts of Carolina Low Country merged with the Girl Scouts of the Pee Dee Area to become the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5-17. The council currently serves 21 counties including Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Chesterfield, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg. 


Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (GSESC) is a chartered council of Girl Scouts of the USA, whose mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

2014-15 Impact:
1.  Served 5,082 girls in 21 eastern SC counties aged 5-17 with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
2.  86 Girl Scout Juniors earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards, 37 Girl Scout Cadettes earned their Girl Scout  Silver Awards, and 3 Girl Scout Seniors/Ambassadors earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards.
2.  447 people attended Sandy Ridge in summer 2015 (includes regular resident camp, weekend camps, and Troop Adventure Camps). This is a 19% increase over the 376 people who attended in the summer of 2014.
2015-16 Goals:

1.          Provide a cutting edge and diversified Girl Scout program that assures girls develop values and skills that will last a lifetime.

2.        Be recognized as the leading expert on, and advocate for, girls.

3.        Create and deliver a Girl Scout while achieving a member population reflective of our traditional girls in 21 counties in Eastern South Carolina.

4.       Create and deliver an adult Girl Scout experience that results in retaining adult leaders to achieve and maintain adult volunteers and develop ways in which adults can have a life-long affiliation with Girl Scouts.

5.        Implement innovative systems and strategies to attract, retain and effectively utilize high caliber volunteers and staff leaders at all levels that work to advance the Girl Scout movement.

  1. Camp Improvements
  2. Membership Outreach
  3. Volunteer Development
  4. Media and Technology Support
  5. Program (s) Support
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia in March of 1912 to begin a tradition that would eventually be replicated in millions of communities around the world. Juliette believed that girls should receive the same opportunities as boys to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Those who have followed in her footsteps have worked hard to ensure that what she started has continued to flourish.

Girl Scouts is the world’s premier leadership organization for girls. We work on a broader scale now and our girls navigate a more complex world than ever before. Each Girl Scout continues to benefit from connecting with her peers in an environment where she can build the confidence and skills she needs to become a leader. We are proud of the impact we have but we are inspired and challenged to aim even higher. We envision a world where girls and women are represented equally as leaders of our communities, our businesses, and our nation. With your help, that vision is becoming a reality. We seek to expand our reach while providing powerful and life-changing opportunities to every girl who make the Girl Scout Promise.

Board Chair Statement

As a Girl Scout volunteer for the last forty-five years, I truly believe in the Mission of Girl Scouts for “Building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.” Having two daughters with an age different of twelve years between them, has kept me involved with the Girl Scouts all of these years.

Keeping involved with Girl Scouts all of these years, has given me the opportunity to serve in many capacities as a volunteer. I have been a leader, an assistant leader, Cookie Chair, Service Unit Secretary, and Treasurer and President of the Girl Scouts of the Pee Dee Area. At this time I am serving as Chair of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina and also as Chair of the Legislative Caucus for the state of South Carolina.

Believing that the training received by the girls as they participate in all of the activities and learning about how to accomplish more by being a member of the team, has brought me many moments of joy in hearing a girl say that she has learned about business affairs in the sale of cookies, has learned about being a leader in a flag ceremony, or even learning to change a tire in a course on how to take care of your car. These adventures made them believe that they could do anything. If a girl decides she will be a Teacher, the CEO of a new business, a Mom, a Mechanic, or a Girl Scout Leader, she will be ready to use the skills that she has learned by being a Girl Scout, because Girl Scouts can do anything.

In today’s world, things are changing every minute and the Board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is participating in many new program initiatives because we believe that every girl is unique. Some of our priorities are the “Stem Program”, which involves participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and also in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. In these areas we are looking for volunteers who will share some of their time and expertise with the girls. Another initiative we have started is “Healthy Living” that involves Self-Worth, Team Building, Anti-bullying and Healthy Lifestyle Choices. Programs have been started on Relational Aggression or Anti-bullying that has served over 200 girls in our Council.

Another program initiative that the Board is supporting is the “Outdoor Experience” that the girls have recognized as a “complete learning” experience in that not only are they having a fun time, but also are learning about how to protect the environment and that the outdoors can help relieve stress. By making sure that our Camp Sandy Ridge is well maintained and provided with the outdoor activities of swimming in the pool, paddling in the lake, taking nature walks to explore, learning archery, horseback riding and how to start a campfire, are a few of the experiences of our girls. Camp attendance for the year 2015 sessions exceed the numbers from the last year and we expect to have over 300 girls from our 21 counties to attend Camp Sandy Ridge. This is an adventure they will always remember and we encourage the Girls attendance by giving camperships when needed.

The future plans of the Board of Directors for GSESC, are to have more traditional troops for our Council as we have a waiting list of girls who would like to become Girl Scouts. Of course this will require more funding and more leaders to help us expand the Girl Scout Experience to more young ladies. Also we need to make available other initiatives of our program by having an Advocacy Program and the Teaching of Financial Literacy.

The Girl Scout Research Institute has provided some information showing that Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls, documenting the effectiveness of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the impact of Girl Scouting over time and the value of investing in girls through Girl Scouting. Other research that has been done by the Institute shows the long term benefits of Girls Scouts in that Girl Scout Alumnae excel in challenge seeking, problem solving and environmental leadership, while having more education, more income, more Civic Engagement, more Community Service and a better Sense of Self than girls who have not participated in Girl Scouts.

The Board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is working to generate the funding and the leadership in order for each girl in K5 thru High School to be able to have this experience that will give them the Courage, the Confidence and the Character to make the world a better place.

Thank you for your consideration in helping to make this experience available to our girl leaders of the future.


Belinda D Copeland

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Girl Scouts is a PREVENTIVE program. Girl Scouting teaches girls to be independent thinkers and self-confident young women. We develop  girls into leaders and those who will manage the world tomorrow and make it a better place!
Areas of Service
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Beaufort County
Colleton County
The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina serves 21 counties in SC, including:  Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg and Williamsburg.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Borghesi
Company Affiliation Independent Computer Software Professional, Hilton Head
Term Apr 2016 to Jan 2017
Board of Directors
Ms. Jennet R Alterman Consulting Firm
Mrs. Dena Altman Retired, Community Volunteer
Ms. Celina Anthony Charleston County School District
Mrs. Nancy Borghesi Retired; Community Volunteer
Ms. Dian Castle Retired, Community Volunteer
Mrs. Pat Chapman Retired, Community Volunteer
Ms. Jeannette Glenn Retired, McLeod
Ms. Sue Handy volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman Hoffman & Hoffman, CPA
Elease Lloyd Lee County DSN Board
Mr. Brandon Lutes Self Employed
Ms. Judy Majors TD Bank
Mr. Bill Pickle media
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 12
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Human Resources / Personnel
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
GSESC strives to maintain a working, diverse board of directors and hiring and retaining good, talented staff.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Ms. Loretta Graham

Loretta Graham grew up in Coward, SC and later attended Morris College in Sumter, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication. Though she lived in North Dakota for more than 25 years, she took the helm at Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina beginning December 1, 2008. Loretta has more than 20 years of experience devoted to nonprofits, most recently serving as the Regional Director for Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts and CEO for Sakakawea Council of Girl Scouts, both in Bismarck, N.D. She joined the Girl Scout organization in 1991, beginning her career within Girl Scouting in the areas of membership and marketing. Her achievements in the nonprofit sector include providing services to individuals and communities to be a voice and face for girls and volunteers. Loretta was also the Director of REM-ND for 7 years with a staff of 120 and provided services to families by helping them achieve their goals through program coordination, teaching and support. She presently is the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Loretta loves to sing Christian, patriotic and country music and has performed across North Dakota and now in South Carolina; her favorite tunes include “Amazing Grace” and “10,000 Angels Cried.” She also loves to cook good old Southern Food, play basketball, volleyball and read a good book. The youngest of fourteen, Loretta has one adult daughter and adopted a son in 2013.

Former Executive Director/CEOs
Ms. Melissa Cox May 2008 - Nov 2008
Ms. Deborah Poindexter Jan 2007 - May 2008
Senior Staff
Ms. Melissa Cox Chief of Staff
Ms. Lesley Robinson VP of Girl Leadership Experience
Full Time Staff 29
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 4000
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 88%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Description GSESC continually strives to reach out to every girl, everywhere regardless of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, or cultural background.  In an effort to reach every girl, Girl Scouts has designed community based/Membership Extension (formerly Outreach) programs to reach girls in underprivileged communities.  These programs are funded by GSESC and led by paid staff members in most circumstances.  Many of the girls in our 21 county service area attend schools or reside in low-income, high risk minority communities. As a result, the majority of the girls are unable to participate in Girl Scouting programs due to extreme barriers, such as:  financial hardship, lack of transportation, lack of parental support, violence, and language barriers.  Many girls in these communities are also confronting challenges such as aggression, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, poor academic performance and truancy. Therefore, Girl Scouts is committed to bringing relevant programs and establishing a presence in all communities.    By offering the Girl Scout Program to girls 5-17, we believe it is possible to reverse the high risk factor, enabling our youth to become self-sustaining adults and lessen the strain on limited community resources.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success 1,755 at-risk girls were served by the Membership Extension program last year in 51 different community partner locations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, housing authorities, YMCA and after school programs.
Description GSESC operates Sandy Ridge Training Center in Bennettsville, SC.  This camps provides resident camp programs for an average of 450 girls per year.  Girls can participate in programs for outdoor living skills, nature, weird science, archery, lo ropes/team building, swimming, climbing wall, and various arts and crafts. They also have cookouts, attend all-camp campfires, enjoy themed events and participate in living units and all camp activities.  Providing the opportunity for low-income girls to attend summer resident camp has always been a top priority of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.
Budget $300,000.00
Short Term Success Last year, 60 girls were given an average of $125 per girl in financial assistance to attend summer resident camp.
Long Term Success alumnae
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Surveys
Description By networking with volunteers in the community, Girl Scouts are able to further enhance programs and provide additional program facilities.  This opportunity is possible due to a corps of over 4,000 volunteers and 38 employed staff.  The GSESC staff provides all support services to facilitate the work of the volunteers and serves the Girl Scout membership of 8,500 girls.  GSESC devotes extensive resources to volunteer recruitment, training, retention and recognition to help ensure high quality and consistency across all services.
Short Term Success A total of 190 adult volunteer trainings were conducted last year serving 3,700 volunteers.  Training topics include First Aid/CPR, Leadership, Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention, Train the Trainer, Troop Camping and Trip Planning.  Support materials for all volunteers are provided by GSESC.  Volunteer recognition events are scheduled annually by the council.
Long Term Success
Description GSESC is responsible for developing, staffing and scheduling program events to serve the Girl Scout membership throughout our 21 county jurisdiction.  In 2010, 110 programs were offered, focusing on Science and Technology, Leadership, Financial Literacy, Environmental Awareness, Healthy Living, Arts, Cultural History and Life Skills.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success In May 2009, GSESC started a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics program in our council.  FLL is a worldwide robotics program, which introduces children ages nine to fourteen to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.  The goal of GSESC Goes LEGO is to engage middle school age girls in science, technology, engineering and math programming. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. We are currently supporting eleven FLL teams through our GSESC Goes LEGO all-girl robotics program. Five of our teams recently placed first in their regional competitions and will compete in the state competition
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $2,973,213.00
Projected Expenses $2,942,618.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$3,789$8,546
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$18,596$19,859$20,020
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$45,315$67,668$44,064
Revenue In-Kind$14,642$0$5,838
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$2,090,930$2,417,968$2,360,042
Administration Expense$198,571$232,970$225,475
Fundraising Expense$129,991$168,787$152,364
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.700.850.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue60%80%66%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,051,767$2,165,548$2,126,001
Current Assets$177,482$93,889$80,839
Long-Term Liabilities$163,722$900,888$544,858
Current Liabilities$82,225$117,253$76,937
Total Net Assets$2,805,820$1,147,407$1,504,206
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.160.801.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%42%26%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Exempt Feb 2017
Nonprofit Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
Address 7257 Cross County Road
North Charleston, SC 29418
Primary Phone (843) 552-9910
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Loretta Graham
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Borghesi
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Computer Software Professional, Hilton Head
Year of Incorporation 1953
Former Names
Girl Scouts of the Lowcountry
Girl Scout Council of the Pee Dee Area