Rae Ann and Richard E. Dougherty are lifetime Girl Scouts and driven to advance the status of women worldwide by helping girls reach their full potential by building their skills and realizing their natural talents. Since marrying in 1979, Rae Ann and Richard have traveled to many countries that are members of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
“With each experience, we have come to realize how much is to be gained from international journeys and the friendships forged during these travels. It is so valuable to understand the strength of our Girl Scout sisterhood!” said Rae Ann. “In fact, we have seen how these types of opportunities have proven to be life changing for girls. Rich and I want to afford the same life-changing experiences to the top Girl Scouts and future leaders in Colorado.”
Rae Ann and Rich established The Rae Ann and Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund within the Girl Scouts of Colorado Endowment at Rose Community Foundation with a lead gift of $25,000. The fund will provide current or lifetime Girl Scouts of Colorado members between the ages of 12 and 30 with grants for meaningful, independent travel.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Girl Guide movement (precursor to Girl Scouts founded by Juliette Gordon Low), was a prolific writer and artist. Among his writings, one quote “Look Wide, Look Wider Still” has become foundational to the Girl Scout movement, and inspired the name for the endowment fund.
Rae Ann has been involved in Girl Scouting since joining as a Brownie in 1963. She has participated as a girl member and adult volunteer in five councils — Greater Minneapolis (MN); Taconic (NY); Mile High and Girl Scouts of Colorado (CO); Tejas (TX); and Chaparral (NM) and as a member of the Board of Directors of Tejas, Chaparral and currently Girl Scouts of Colorado. Rich has been involved in Girl Scouts since he met Rae Ann 40 years ago. As a result he is just as invested in the Girl Scout Movement, as he supports girls learning and growing as they blossom to become wonderful young women leaders.
Besides earning the highest award at each girl level in Girl Scouting, including First Class and the 8 Indispensables, Rae Ann has served as a Cadette Troop Leader, an “I Take the Lead” national facilitator, a GSUSA national delegate, Young Women’s World Forum representative, Girl Facilitator for the Girls World Forum, first National Coordinator for the Olave Baden-Powell Society, and a member of the USA’s World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In 2014, Rae Ann was awarded the Juliette Low World Friendship Medal, which honors her tremendous commitment to enrich the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
Rae Ann holds BS and MS degrees in engineering and environmental sciences and an MBA in engineering management. After 30 years of executive leadership in environmental health and safety operations at Fortune 100 companies, Rae Ann founded Green Cleaning Products LLC, a company that specializes in safe, effective, environmentally friendly and cost-competitive cleaning products for the home and business.