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

Self-reported by organization

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

$2,701,175

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

$4,444,275

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

$1,265,198

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of girls served with holistic, high-impact experiences enabling them to grow up healthy, educated and independent.

Target Population
Females, At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Affiliate Services & Growth
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Girls Inc. creates trusting relationships with adult mentors, hands-on, minds-on experiences for girls that address their ability to grow up healthy, educated and independent.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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 position 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?
    Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: affiliates align behind a network-wide approach to reaching girls with an intensive, holistic approach that is distinctive to Girls Inc.

    Girls Inc. will have strong affiliates that are able to consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: affiliates align with common business practices and strategic goals to emphasize sustainability and risk mitigation, opening the way to innovative reach to new communities.

    Girls Inc. will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model: affiliates are recognized experts in their local areas, anchored into the fabric of the communities where they serve girls who most need the Girls Inc. Experience.

    Girls Inc. will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls: the network engages in advocacy at the national, state, and local levels, as appropriate, with a particular focus on the needs of girls from low-income communities and girls who face multiple, intersectional challenges such as those based on sex, race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We are committed to a “girl-centered" advocacy approach that prioritizes the lived experiences of girls in our network and lifts up their voices; we aim to empower girls with the tools necessary to be change agents in their communities and beyond.

    Girls Inc. will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented network and external influencer: The Girls Inc. Outcomes Measurement Strategy is designed to help us understand and showcase the measurable difference we make in the lives of Girls Inc. girls. Gathering information about outcomes for girls will, over time, meet three important purposes for the Girls Inc. network:
    - Mission accomplishment – how well are we working toward the Girls Inc. mission?
    - Performance management - how well are we meeting our objectives?
    - Evaluation – how do we know that we are having the impact we aspire to have?
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Girls Inc. has been steadily working over the past five years to build a strong platform to achieve better outcomes for girls. Between 2011 and 2015, the Girls Inc. network unified around a comprehensive program and outcomes framework and increased both the number of girls served and the revenues raised to support its work. Girls Inc. is now prepared to build on these accomplishments and leverage its network and brand to accomplish its strategic priorities, accelerate growth in the next five years, and set the organization on a positive path beyond 2020.

    Success will be measured in the strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent) outcomes achieved with each girl served, the level of comprehensive programming at 100,000 girls by end of the plan period, a total revenue raised of $116 million, 10,000 active advocates, and 35% brand awareness. The size of Girls Inc. will have expanded and the quality of the network strengthened. Girls Inc. will then be positioned for the next round of capital infusion and organizational growth, achieving the Bold Goal of reaching 250,000 girls with the proven comprehensive Girls Inc. model by 2030.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: The program framework has been established and shared with all affiliates to drive planning.

    Girls Inc. will have strong affiliates that are able to consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: the business model has been established and shared with affiliates to bolster planning.

    Girls Inc. will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model: 17 affiliates have received more than $3M in investment capital to expand; over the next three years 60 affiliates will receive more than $20M in investment capital.

    Girls Inc. will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls: the policy framework has been developed in conjunction with the Girls Advocacy Committee (girls) and Public Policy Committee (adults).

    Girls Inc. will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented network and external influencer: Girls Inc. has engaged an outside evaluator to conduct a quasi-experimental study of our aggregate outcomes data.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

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

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Financials

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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 2016 Annual Report

Every day, in communities across the U.S. and Canada, girls encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success. To meet these challenges, Girls Inc. is both expanding our after-school services to reach more girls and advocating to improve the conditions for all girls to succeed.

I am pleased to report that 2016 marks the completion of our network-wide strategic plan and the start of our new plan. Thanks to you – our supporters, partners, and friends – Girls Inc. has increased both the number of girls served and the revenue raised to support our work.

Over the past five years, Girls Inc. grew the number of girls served through our comprehensive Girls Inc. Experience by 30 percent. More girls were provided the resources and support to boldly face challenges, increase their love of learning, and set and achieve their goals. What an achievement! Girls Inc. also grew network revenue by 18 percent, from $67.9 million in 2011 to $80.3 million in 2015.

During this time, we built a strong platform to achieve outcomes for girls and measure our impact. We defined our unique approach to serving girls, including core essential services in three areas: healthy living, academic enrichment and support, and life skills instruction. We developed our theory of change, implemented a participant tracking system, and began administering outcomes surveys.

Girls Inc. is now prepared to build on these accomplishments and leverage our network and brand to accelerate growth over the next five years, and set the organization on an unprecedented path beyond 2020.

We have a Bold Goal for the future:

To become the leading advocate in advancing rights and opportunities for all girls and employ a proven, dynamic model to empower 250,000 girls from low-income communities to discover their strengths and thrive.

Girls Inc. Strategic Plan 2016-2020 focuses on doubling the number of girls served with impact. This requires that we build growing and sustainable local Girls Inc. organizations, rooted in a well-articulated business model. This model will inform how we determine needs and direct resources and financial investments to expand the Girls Inc. network.

We will also leverage the collective voices of Girls Inc. girls to be a leading advocate for all girls. While we will focus intensely on serving the girls who need us the most, we will also build a policy and advocacy infrastructure to ultimately break down barriers and create more opportunities for all girls to succeed.

To jump start growth and build network capacity, we have launched a $20 million capital campaign. With 100 percent participation by our Board of Directors, we know the time is right to begin this significant undertaking."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Melanie Gray

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Term: Apr 2016 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?