Youth Development

Girls Incorporated

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.girlsinc.org

Mission Statement

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.

The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls.

At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Join us at girlsinc.org.

Main Programs

  1. Affiliate Services & Growth
  2. Program, Research and Training
  3. Public Education and Advocacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Girls Inc. serves girls through 87 affiliates across the United States and in two Canadian provinces.

ruling year

1948

President & CEO

Self-reported

Ms. Judy Vredenburgh

Keywords

Self-reported

girls, youth, women's organization, equitable society, equal rights, girls clubs, children, gender, equality, education, women

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Also Known As

Girls Inc.

EIN

13-1915124

 Number

1441937373

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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With a belief in girls’ innate rights and abilities, Girls Inc. ensures:

Girls grow up strong by teaching healthy living so girls are able to make informed decisions, resist peer pressure, avoid risky behaviors, and take charge of their health.

Girls grow up smart by providing academic enrichment so girls increase their love of learning, improve performance in school, aspire to and plan for education beyond high school, and explore non-traditional careers.

Girls grow up bold by building life skills to set and achieve goals and increase resilience in the face of obstacles to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Affiliate Services & Growth

Girls Inc. serves girls from diverse ethnic backgrounds; of those girls served directly: 70% percent identify as girls of color, including 38% who identify as African American/Black, 21% as Latina/Hispanic (of any race), and 6% as Multiracial. Nearly 65% of the girls we serve live in families earning $30,000 or less a year. One in nine lives in a household with an annual income of $10,000 or less.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$2,157,347

Program 2

Program, Research and Training

Through Program, Research and Training, Girls Inc. ensures that affiliates across the nation can deliver the Girls Inc. Experience, which consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Girls Inc. teaches healthy living so girls are able to make informed decisions, resist peer pressure, avoid risky behaviors, and take charge of their health; provides academic enrichment so girls increase their love of learning, improve performance in school, aspire to and plan for education beyond high school, and explore non-traditional careers; help girls build life skills to set and achieve goals and increase resilience in the face of obstacles to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$4,570,196

Program 3

Public Education and Advocacy

Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls to develop their voices and learn to positively advocate for themselves and others. Girls Inc. equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls build confidence and embrace positive decision-making to take charge of their health and wellbeing, and achieve academic, personal and career goals.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$1,128,422

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success.
    1 in 4 girls will not finish high school.
    78% of girls are unhappy with their bodies by age 17.
    3 in 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of 20.
    1 in 5 girls will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse.

    Girls Inc. meets these challenges by helping girls explore and celebrate their strengths, their voices, who they are today, and who they will become. Girls Inc. equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls build confidence and embrace positive decision-making to take charge of their health and wellbeing, and achieve academic, personal and career goals.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    As we embark on a new strategic direction, building from our current postion of strength, our goals for the future include:
    - Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls.
    - Girls Inc. will have strong affiliates that are able to consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience.
    - Girls Inc. will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model.
    - Girls Inc. will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls.
    - Girls Inc. will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented network and external influencer.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PHASE 1. 2011
    Girls Inc. developed a Theory of Change (TOC).
    As a network, we worked together to create a research-based Theory of Change (TOC) and a corresponding logic model to articulate how the Girls Inc. Experience leads to outcomes we want girls to achieve.

    PHASE 2. 2012-2014
    Girls Inc. gathered data to support its TOC.
    We were committed to demonstrating our impact through valid and reliable measures, and collaborated with Child Trends, a well-regarded, nonprofit research center, to create outcomes surveys. Example indicators include academic engagement, diet and exercise, anger control, diligence, body image, relationships to caring adults, and, for older girls, measure of sexual behavior and substance use. Each survey was pilot-tested with girls at Girls Inc. affiliates, to ensure that we are asking the right questions in a way that makes sense to the girls we serve. The surveys have been finalized and are available to our affiliate network.

    PHASE 3. 2015
    Girls Inc. is actualizing its logic model and measurement strategy.
    Currently, thirteen affiliates are participating in the Girls Inc. Experience Project (GIEP), working with national staff to to clarify, measure, and fund the Girls Inc. Experience. GIEP leaders will track girls’ participation in programming and document the outcomes of their participation by using a girl-tracking system like nFocus’s TraxSolutions. This database makes it possible for affiliates to organize and update girl information, run reports for internal and external use, and track girl progress over time. In addition, affiliates will administer the outcomes surveys through the Trax SurveyManager in the fall of 2015. On the national level, the TraxSolutions community server data warehouse will allow Girls Inc. to aggregate local data and to assess how attendance, program participation, demographic, and other information contributes to outcomes for girls served. Over the course of the project, training tools, protocols, and processes will be developed, and as they are completed, they will be shared and posted on Affiliate Central so that they are available to the wider network.

    PHASE 4. 2016 and beyond
    Girls Inc. becomes a data-driven, outcome-focused organization.
    Our Theory of Change calls for continual measurement and evaluation of programs and services, of our implementation of the Girls Inc. Experience and, most importantly, of girl outcomes. So that we can practically assess girls’ progress toward Strong, Smart, and Bold outcomes, as well as theoretically underpin our measurement efforts, we are embarking on a dual-focused research and evaluation plan.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Formal Evaluation: In collaboration with Child Trends, we have begun planning a formal, third party evaluation of the outcomes work. This study will provide us with evidence on how the Girls Inc. Experience contributes to positive outcomes for girls.

    Network Measurement Strategy: In collaboration with GIEP affiliate leaders, we will solidify and document a practical measurement strategy for the wider affiliate network, by packaging field-tested instruments, trainings, protocols, and processes. This strategy will promote consistency in data collection, clearly connect our measurement efforts to the goals we have for girls, and provide the ability to quantify our impact across the affiliate network.

    These measurement efforts will provide affiliates with useful, research-based information to enhance their programs, activities, and other offerings. They will also situate affiliates within a meaningful picture Girls Inc.’s national impact. This combination of a practical, continual measurement strategy and a rigorous, external evaluation will provide Girls Inc. affiliates, national staff, and girls served with the information and evidence needed to be data-driven leaders in the youth development field.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In each of the first four years of our five year strategic direction, we have achieved the strategies and objectives for those years.

    We are growing the number of girls served with impact - 12% increase in the number of girls served with impact between 2011 and 2014, with a 28% increase in the number of girls served with comprehensive programming. We have established a network-wide Theory of Change with an accompanying Logic Model that explains how the change occurs. We have created a network-wide database for tracking outcomes and have piloted the outcomes measures surveys with the different age levels of girls so that we have the data to show how Girls Inc. programming works for girls.

    While we are accomplishing our strategies related to fundraising, we need to see more success with the goal of increasing network-wide funding levels. To truly grow the number of girls served with impact, we also need to grow the funding to pay for the essential services.

    Finally, a major step forward was accomplished on our fifth goal - to create a distinct and relevant brand that unifies all Girls Inc. organizations and that helps the public understand and identify with our purpose. A new branding campaign was rolled out in April 2014 and continues to be implemented by Girls Inc. affiliates everywhere. "With You in Her Corner" is a rallying cry, a sounding of the alarm, and an awakening to the world of the situations that the girls we serve in both the U.S. and Canada still have to fight today. By highlighting startling statistics, the plight that too many girls face is illustrated. Girls Inc. becomes the promise for a better, brighter future that is quietly beating deep inside the hearts of girls throughout North America. Girls Inc. is the spark that ignites the fight for the brilliant future they deserve. That’s because Girls Inc. wants every girl to stand on her own two feet. To resist gender stereotypes and peer pressure. To express herself as she is. To take risks. To appreciate her body and to feel safe in the world. Because a girl who can do that, has the power to break the cycle and change the world. But to get there she will need a champion. She needs Girls Inc. and in turn Girls Inc. counts on the financial support from our donors. THAT WAY, WE CAN STAND IN HER CORNER, SO SHE WILL WIN.
Service Areas

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National

Girls Inc. serves girls through 87 affiliates across the United States and in two Canadian provinces.

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GIRLS INCORPORATED
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
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Girls Incorporated

Leadership

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President & CEO

Ms. Judy Vredenburgh

BIO

Judy Vredenburgh is President and CEO of Girls Inc., the organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. provides more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique challenges they face. Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate on key legislation and initiatives.

Under Judy's leadership, a five-year strategic plan is invigorating the network of Girls Inc. affiliates to grow service to girls, increase revenue, and institute a participant tracking system and outcomes measurement for each girl served.

Prior to joining Girls Inc. in 2010, Judy served as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Senior Vice President of Revenue Development and Marketing at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Judy brings more than 20 years corporate experience from the retail industry, including as CEO of Chess King, a $257 million division of the Melville Corporation.

Throughout her career, Judy has been recognized for her business acumen, executive leadership, and commitment to advancing opportunities for girls and women to be healthy, educated, and independent. She was honored as one of The NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50 for her transformational leadership and named one of 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector. She is a member of the New York Women's Forum.

Judy has also served on President Obama's Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Advisory Council, as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Overseers, and on the Board of Directors of Independent Sector.

Judy holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the State University of New York, Buffalo. She holds honorary degrees from Lynchburg College and Philadelphia University.

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"From the 2015 Annual Report

I'm often asked if girls are faring better today than in decades past. After all, teenage pregnancy is down and high school graduation rates are up. Yet, the U.S. still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed nations, and the percentage of students entering college is the lowest we've seen in a decade. Today's girls are also facing complex challenges like poor body image, persistent stereotypes, and the pressure of perfection. But we are helping girls tackling problems head on.

Girls Inc. is committed to creating positive change for girls throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our unique approach focuses on the whole girl and nurturing her inherent strengths. We are also committed to leading the very important conversation across the country about the barriers that exists for girls. The “With You in Her Corner" campaign allowed us to spotlight these issues and solutions. Thanks to the incredible work of MARC USA and in-kind support of our media partners, our campaign PSA generated 1.1 billion media impressions.

This was a year of tremendous growth for Girls Inc. We served 28 percent more girls with high-impact programming, exceeded fundraising goals by 22 percent, and grew our national revenue to a record $10.2 million. Net assets for the organization increased by $1.7 million.

Thank you to our generous donors and partners without whom none of this would be possible. Like us, you believe every girl deserves to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. With you in her corner, more girls will. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Melanie Gray

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Term: Apr 2016 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?