Herford N. Elliott Trust
In the early 1970s, wildlife enthusiast Herford N. Elliott established the Herford N. Elliott Charitable Trust and named Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as a beneficiary. In 1977, GSUSA formed the Elliott Wildlife Values Project*. Since then, the Elliott Wildlife Values Project has instilled girls with a lifelong commitment to the environment and wildlife conservation, thanks to Herford Elliott's vision.
Through the generosity of the trust, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to have hands-on nature experiences.
The Elliott Wildlife Values Project (EWVP) of Girl Scouts of the USA develops girls as leaders whose wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship efforts positively impact their communities and the world.
The EWVP fosters the Girl Scout Mission: building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girls develop science, outdoor, and leadership skills through girl-led, cooperative activities, in which they learn by doing. In the process, they:
- Discover a strong sense of self, develop positive values, and gain an understanding of their important role in caring for wildlife and our earth's natural resources.
- Connect with nature, the outdoors, and their local and global communities; network with environmental experts; and investigate career opportunities.
- Take action to identify community and environmental needs, positively impact the environment, and educate and inspire others to act as stewards of the earth and its wildlife.
The EWVP supports Girl Scout councils and global committees through program development, membership and volunteer development, learning opportunities and consultative services, and collaboration with national organizations and agencies.
The EWVP mission is infused with what's most important to Girl Scouting. Activities are designed to make the most impact and reach as many of our 2.7 million girl and adult members as possible. Work supports Girl Scouts’ environmental and outdoor activities, so girls and adults of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have many flexible options for participating in and delivering Girl Scouts. Digital and print resources, especially the It's Your Planet: Love It! journey series and the forgirls.girlscouts.org website, unite girls around a common purpose in a fun and educational way. Wildlife-focused national and international travel experiences offer girls an opportunity to connect with nature, explore global issues and take action to protect wildlife.
The support Girl Scouts provides to councils and volunteers ultimately helps bring environment- and wildlife-stewardship issues to the forefront of girls' lives.
"Only by educational processes can . . . any reasonable
quantities of wildlife be preserved for the satisfaction and
companionship of future generations."
—Herford N. Elliott
*Additional funding and in-kind support is provided through grants, sponsors, and alliances.