Long-time Girl Scout Martha Webb was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Philanthropy Award as part of the Triangle Chapter of AFP’s National Philanthropy Day® recognitions on November 5, 2015. Martha was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Triangle non-profit community, and in particular, for her support of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.
“I am so honored to be recognized in this way. The National Philanthropy Day theme, Change the World with a Giving Heart, aligns perfectly with the Girl Scout aim--to make the world--or at least our community--a better place,” Martha shared.
Martha has been a long-time advocate for the empowerment of girls and women through her work with various organizations throughout the Triangle. Girl Scouts holds a special place in her heart as she was a Girl Scout as was her daughter. Having served as a long-tenured service unit volunteer, board member and board chair for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, Martha has been an integral part of ensuring the impact and sustainability of the organization.
“Girl Scouts leadership development program for girls mirrors the process of philanthropy –discover one's own passion and the need of the community, connect with other like-minded folks to plan and prepare, and take action to improve the community. Through philanthropy –giving, volunteering and charitable engagement – our community is empowered to prosper, progress, and protect our important ideals,” she added.
With her understanding in the complexity of the demographics of the Council, Martha was aware that girls outside of the more urban areas oftentimes have challenges in participating in Council sponsored events, trainings and activities. Martha facilitated a major gift to fund Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines new mobile program vehicle, also known as the Girl Scout Mobile. Since the launch of the mobile program vehicle in June, it has brought Girl Scout programming to over 700 girls in nine of the Council’s more remote counties and is slated to serve over 3,000 girls by September 2016.
“Because of Martha's passion for the Girl Scout mission, her vision of bringing this life-changing program to every girl everywhere, and her commitment to taking action, our Council is positioned to build critical life and leadership skills in today's girls so that they will be tomorrow's leaders,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.
When her board chair term ended, Martha’s legacy was honored with the establishment of the "Every Girl, Every Where" fund, which provides financial support to girls from all backgrounds and abilities so that they are able to participate in Girl Scouts. This was a natural fit for Girl Scouting as diversity and inclusion have always been a cornerstone of the organization. Through her funding of the Girl Scout Mobile, Martha has geographically improved the diversity and inclusion of all Girl Scouts throughout these varied counties – providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experiences to “every girl, everywhere.”
Martha has also supported with many other organizations in the Triangle including serving on the board of directors for InterAct, delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, working with the Triangle Radio Reading Service reading newspapers, magazines and books to the visually impaired, and philanthropically supporting these and many other organizations such as the American Tobacco Trail of Rails to Trails and the Triangle Spokes Group which donates bicycles through the Salvation Army.
“Martha’s dedication to community and service, her commitment to philanthropy, and her courageous leadership is truly inspiring, and for that we are grateful,” added Lisa Jones.