Kim Flynn – A Career of Giving and Service
“As a staff member, girl and someone working with volunteers, Girl Scouts empowers people to be their best.” These are the words of GSKSMO donor and advocate, Kim Flynn! Kim is a Girl Scout alumnae, mom, former staff member, Trefoil Society Member and Daisy’s Circle Member who loves being part of making the world a better place for girls.
When Kim was growing up in Wichita, KS, she fondly remembers Girl Scouts as a place where everyone was equal. “When you meet girls out at camp you don’t think about differences. You don’t think ‘you came from this background and I came from this background.’ At camp you’re just people,” Kim said. The experiences she had in Girl Scouts, including the service, inspired her to dedicate her career to non-profits and making the world a better place – both as an educator and expert in giving.
Kim loves the adaptability of Girl Scouts and how it has changed with each generation, which is why she’s stayed so engaged. “The values of the organization are timeless, but it’s able to change for each generation. What was appropriate for my mother’s generation wasn’t appropriate for mine. The fact that the organization can evolve as girls do is a powerful thing,” Kim said.
While working at Girl Scouts, Kim was also a professor at Rockhurst University, teaching a Volunteer Management course to students in the non-profit management program)Kim also established a program called “Badges Rock,” providing a badge day for girls in the Outreach Program and helping her students gain real world experience. Talk about finding innovative ways to make the world a better place – that’s what Kim is all about!
Kim knows that organizations need more than just girl power to make programming possible for girls – they need financial gifts. “Something I learned as a staff member was that gifts given to Girl Scouts are utilized so well. I have confidence in the organization and know that gifts directly impact the lives of girls. I wanted to leave that kind of legacy for my family in a place that was impactful for me,” Kim said. Because of this, she’s not only leaving a legacy of giving through the Trefoil Society with Girl Scouts, but is giving a monthly gift through Daisy’s Circle to help girls TODAY! Thank you to Kim for all she’s done to make the world a better place for girls! You can learn more about Kim's story by visiting our blog (www.gsksmoblog.org)!