Macedonia - Girl Scouts of North East Ohio will use a $10,000 grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to prepare girls for success at the 2015 Cookie Rally held at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The event prepares and teaches girls valuable skills for the cookie selling season. More than 1,200 Girl Scouts of all ages learn to count money and make change, practice their sales pitch, brand their cookie booths and sales collateral, and sample the Girl Scout Cookies that they will be selling throughout Northeast Ohio.

The Cookie Rally focuses on the development of five essential skills. These skills include goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. To incorporate these skills girls work on setting and meeting deadlines, working with others and understanding their customers, influencing others with positive ideas and building good character. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls of all ages learn and improve upon these skills that will help in their future.

The Cookie Rally takes place right before the kick off of the cookie season in January. Each year, Girl Scout troops sell millions of boxes and get to keep a portion of the proceeds, which in turn come back to their communities to aid in service projects, troop activities, camping and more.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation focuses on entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. They recognize that the youth can benefit from the understanding and experimentation of entrepreneurship at an early age. The Foundation awards various grants to support educational programs and initiatives throughout Northeast Ohio for students grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. All of which focus on free enterprise, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program.