A Special Gift for the National Young Women of Distinction

Susan Bulkeley Butler

“Make things happen for you, don’t just let them happen to you.”
—Susan Bulkeley Butler

Girl Scouts received a special gift for the National Young Women of Distinction program from Susan Bulkeley Butler, a former Girl Scout and member of the National Board of Directors. Now a philanthropist, Susan is an innovator, risk-taker, and leader just like our National YoungWomen of Distinction. She says it was an easy decision to make a contribution for these women to further their education, to help each of them “be all they can be.”

Susan is now CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and author of Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World. Susan has learned how important it is to make things happen for you, rather than let things happen to you. At the 2016 National Young Women of Distinction celebration, Susan’s philosophy was shared with the honorees. “If we don’t take charge of who it is we want to be and make it happen, then who will make it happen?” she asked.

Susan made a financial gift supporting the 2016 National Young Women of Distinction, and in addition, Susan has made an extraordinary gift to benefit Girl Scouts most extraordinary young women—a million dollars in scholarships for the 10 National Young Women recipients, to be distributed over the next decade.

By investing in our young women, Susan is certainly having an impact on them and the world. Thank you, Susan, for all you continue to do for the Girl Scouts.

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