Betsy Keefer

Betsy Keefer
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Betsy Keefer's Biography

Type Of Business:
Youth Service/not for profit
Ms. Keefer's expertise is in governance and general management of non profit organizations.
Major Product/SVS:
Girl Scout organization
Developing girls of currage comfidence and character who make the world a better place.
Favorite Business Publication:
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
varrious Board Source publications
Travel, political history, reading, spending time with firends. exercizing
Education Degrees:
Master's Degree in Education, Kent State University; Bachelor of Arts, Hiram College
Affiliations Awards:

Standards Committee of PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
Place of Birth:
Nonprofit Management
State/Country of Origin:
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Date of Distinction:
Work History:
Western Reserve Girl Scout Council, Akron, Ohio
Greater Philadelphia Girl Scout Council, Philadelphia, PA
Pioneer Valley Girl Scout Council, Springfield, MA ---- CEO
Hemlock Girl Scout Council, Harrisburg, PA ---- CEO
Girl Scouts of the USA, NYC - --National Director of Council Service
Girl Scouts of Southwestern CT, Wilton, CT --- CEO
Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council, York, PA --- CEO
Girl Scouts of the USA -- occasional Interim CEO assignments
Career Achievements:
1. Successful capital campaign mentioned above and related property planning and development.
2. Increasing the funding base in Southwestern CT significantly
3. Providing leadership to the merger of 4 Girl Scout Councils in central PA
What do you feel separates you from the rest of the professionals in your industry?:
Committment to the mission of the organization.
Understanding of the role of volunteers in governance and in program delivery in the GS organization
Stratetgic thinking
Embrace change.... appreciate tradition but not bound by it.
What has been the most outstanding thing you have done thus far in your career?:
See above
How would you like to be remembered by your peers?:

As someone who is a respected leader and made a real contribution in moving the GS Organization from good to great. As someone who was open and honest in working with others and truely left every position better than I found it. A good strategic thinker. A person who enjoyed life and friends....
If you could solve one problem in the world today, what would it be?:
I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world and in the course of those travels have seen much proverty. A problem I would work on would be providing resources for people in third world countries to move out of poverty so they have the food, clothing, shelter and education then need.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?:
One of my hobbies is political history and one of my favorite presidents is Harry Truman. I would love to have a discussion with him about Washington politics today.
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Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
It is hard to pick just one highlight. Having said that one that certainly stands out was the successful completion of a capital campaign in Harrisburg, PA while I was the CEO there. This was my first capital campaign and also the first for this Girl Scout Council. It was for $2,000,000. The council had very little fund raising base but a very strong property development plan. Through much determined effort the campaign exceeded it's goal, the council developed and upgraded its campsites and was able to strengthen its program and serve many more girls.
Board Member: York Symphony Orchestra, York Literacy Council and Leadership York
Advisory Council of the Osler Lifelong Learning Center at Penn State York
Fund Development Committee of Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA
Co-Chair of 100th Anniversary Celebration for Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA
Number Of Years In Profession:
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
.A strong committment to the mission of the organization. A strategic vision, the ability to work with and motivate people with very diverse backgrounds and interests and broad experience in both governance and management of complex organizations.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
When I graduated from college my first job was an entry level position with the Girl Scouts. I did not intend t make it a life long career but with the support of one or two good mentors I had many opportunities to grow and development my management skills. As my career progressed I became more and more committed to the mission of the organization and the belief that we made a difference in the lives of thousands of girls.
Extended Bio Profile:
Ms. Keefer is a retired chief executive officer of Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council and takes occasional assignments as and Interim Chief Executive Officer in Girl Scout Councils..
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Board , staff and volunteer management. fund development and community relations, strategic planning,
Education Certifications:
Certified Girl Scout Executive (CGSE)
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
I'm mostly retired. In five years I hope I am still traveling, working some, playing some and enjoying life!
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