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Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast names Chief Development Officer

Beals will ultimately provide strategic leadership to develop and implement GSWISE’s fund development and philanthropic initiatives.

By - Aug 15th, 2016 04:51 pm
Mary Pat Beals. Photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Mary Pat Beals. Photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Milwaukee, August 15, 2016 – Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) announced that Mary Pat Beals of Kansas City, Missouri, has been appointed chief development officer. Currently serving as vice president of fund development for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, Beals will officially assume her new role later this month.

As chief development officer, Beals will ultimately provide strategic leadership to develop and implement GSWISE’s fund development and philanthropic initiatives, including donor cultivation and stewardship.

“Mary Pat has an outstanding track record and will be a great asset to Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. I am confident that her ability to create and implement successful philanthropic and fund development strategies will prove to be invaluable to build on our success as the premier leadership experience for girls,” said Christy L. Brown, GSWISE chief executive officer.

Beals has served as vice president of fund development for Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri since 2012, with full responsibility for developing strategic and sustainable fund development programs, fiscal management, board governance, volunteer-led committees, and top-performing fund development teams. She has built her career in Kansas City, Missouri, and was formerly founder and president of White Bird Philanthropy, LLC, from 2004 to 2012; director of development and community relations for Catholic Charities, from 1993 to 2004; executive director of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid America Chapter, from 1992 to 1993; and founder and executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas, from 1981 to 1992.

Beals holds a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and earned her bachelor of arts degree in English from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.  She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1995.

About Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Ranked #3 out of 112 councils nationally in overall girl market share and #1 for girls in grades K-5, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) are 36,000 strong – 29,000 girls in grades K-12 and 7,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties, there’s a chance for every girl in our council to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit gswise.org or call 800-565-4475.

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