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Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

 16 Hurd Road
 Brookline, MA 02445
[P] (617) 232-1595
[F] (617) 232-0281
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EIN 04-2761636

LAST UPDATED: 01/14/2019
Organization DBA Facing History and Ourselves
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.


Mission Statement

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $23,580,000.00
Projected Expense $23,907,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • New England Program

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Mission Statement

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.


Background Statement

Founded in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1976, Facing History is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By integrating the study of history and literature with consideration of ethical choices, Facing History’s program enables educators to promote students’ academic engagement, historical understanding, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning and prepares them to recognize and confront prejudice, racism, and antisemitism. More than 140 internal and external evaluation studies have shown show that Facing History increases teacher effectiveness; fosters students’ academic engagement, critical thinking skills, and empathy; and improves school culture and climate.

Facing History now includes eight offices in the United States, partner entities in Toronto and London, and partnerships around the world, with a network of 140,000 teachers worldwide. Our active teacher network reaches more than 4.68 million students annually.

Impact Statement


-Facing History and Ourselves now reaches nearly 4.7 million students annually through our global network of 129,000 teachers. 

-In partnership with Boston Public Schools, Facing History successfully piloted The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, a curriculum unit that explores a pivotal period in American history and the challenge of promoting both healing and justice after civil war.

-Facing History recently published two new resource guides. Teaching Mockingbird: A Facing History and Ourselves Study Guide, was published in November 2014. Interweaving the historical context of Depression-era rural Southern life, this resource introduces layered perspectives and thoughtful strategies into the teaching of To Kill a Mockingbird. The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War, published in October 2014, details the events that unfolded in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II; the Japanese occupation of Nanjing, China, in 1937; and the important memory this history holds today.


Facing History and Ourselves is in the fifth year of a five-year growth plan and is well on track to meet its objectives. Our priorities are deepening impact, creating content, strengthening infrastructure, innovating digitally, cultivating systemic change, and promoting public conversation. These priorities are organized around three interdependent growth areas:

-Civic education: Investments in this area help to infuse whole classrooms, schools, and districts with an approach to education that fosters academic engagement with positive social-emotional learning gains.

-Content and innovation: Growth in this area extends Facing History’s world-class scholarship and capacity for developing and sharing timely and relevant content, as well as for fostering learning communities among our network of teachers.

-Public engagement: Because no classroom exists in isolation, it is critical to engage members of the greater community in the conversations that begin with students and teachers in Facing History classrooms.

Facing History is well positioned to meet and exceed growth objectives. As of April 2016, Facing History reached 4.68 million students in classrooms across the globe. We are poised to substantially exceed the initial goal for growing our reach to 4.7 million students by June 2017. In addition, we have produced a wealth of new resources and made updates to our digital presence to change the way we interact with the larger community.

Needs Statement

Capacity building: To meet the need for quality educator professional development and building student civic awareness, we must increase our capacity to engage teachers. We will enhance our online service delivery capacity, build a Leadership Academy of veteran teachers who serve as adjunct staff, and increase our staff positions in urban education, digital learning, educational standards, and literacy.

Public engagement: To achieve our goal of doubling the number of teachers and students we reach, we must reach out to the general public to make clear the importance of civil society, convene community leaders and policy makers, and develop a global social media strategy.

Using technology to increase efficiency: To support cross-organization collaboration, customer relationship management, and content and digital asset management, we will extend our technology infrastructure.

Engaging and innovative classroom materials: To provide wide access in and out of school to the best materials on civic education, we will publish across multiple print and digital platforms.

Evaluation and research: To demonstrate the effectiveness of our work in classrooms, whole schools, and informal learning settings, we must evaluate our program in a range of settings.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury

Founded in Massachusetts in 1976, Facing History has developed a global network of more than 140,000 educators through seven offices across the U.S.; partner entities in Canada and the United Kingdom; and partnerships across the globe. Web-based services reach educators and students around the world.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



New England Program


Our New England program serves a growing network of more than 10,000 teachers working in public, charter, independent, and religious schools in greater Boston and throughout New England.

Services for educators include:

-Intensive seminars and multi-day workshops that provide an in-depth introduction to Facing History's framework, core resources, and interactive pedagogy.

-Workshops that explore specific themes and supplementary classroom resources.

-Individualized implementation support to help educators create effective lessons and curriculum units using Facing History's resources, including individual consultations, coaching and mentoring, and access to a vast collection of classroom resources.

-Classroom presentations by witnesses to history.

-Special projects and workshops for Facing History students.

In addition, community events convene educational leaders and member of the community to hear compelling speakers and reflect on themes related to Facing History's program.

Budget  $3,300,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) US& International
Program Short-Term Success  Facing History recognizes that teacher effectiveness is at the heart of educational success for students. Consequently, short-term success is defined in terms of the outcomes of our educator professional development programs. Independent experts and review panels have repeatedly validated the success of Facing History's model. We consider our professional development offerings successful when a strong majority of the participants report that they are prepared to implement in their classrooms the content and/or teaching strategies that they learned during the training. Another criterion by which we measure the success of our training programs is the percentage of trained teachers who implement Facing History's program and the depth of their implementation.
Program Long-Term Success  Our long-term vision of success is that the implementation of Facing History's programs in public, independent, and religious schools throughout New England leads to the development of a critical mass of citizens who are committed to responsible civic participation and to building strong, inclusive communities.
Program Success Monitored By 

The impact of Facing History’s approach has been documented through more than 140 internal and external evaluation studies. Studies show that Facing History increases teacher effectiveness; fosters students’ empathy, critical thinking skills, and academic engagement; and improves school culture and climate. In March 2014, one of these studies—a randomized control trial of 60 schools—was published by the peer-reviewed education journal Teachers College Record.

Examples of Program Success 


Evaluation data reveal the success of our program. Ninety-nine percent of seminar participants say they would recommend a Facing History seminar to their colleagues. Ninety-four percent of Facing History students are more likely to recognize the dangers of racial or religious stereotyping.

Statements from teachers' seminar evaluation questionnaires also testify to the success of our seminars:

-“It is not only one of the best professional development experiences I have had, but it is one of the best life experiences I have had. I so appreciate your dedication to the mission of engaging young people and treating them with the high expectations they deserve.”

-"The seminar was one of the best I have attended in over 40 years in education. . . the information provided was insightful and on the mark."


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Dr. Roger Brooks
CEO Term Start Dec 2014
CEO Email
CEO Experience


President and CEO Roger Brooks is a renowned educator, scholar, and leader. He joined Facing History on December 1, 2014, following a long and distinguished tenure at Connecticut College, where in addition to his service as Dean of the Faculty and Chief Academic Officer from 2007-2014, he also held the Elie Wiesel Professorship in the department of Religious Studies for 23 years. Brooks is also a Fellow at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School.

Brooks brings a longstanding commitment to Holocaust education to Facing History through his affiliation with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, which provides professional development to college educators who teach about and study the Holocaust. As Dean of Faculty at Connecticut College, Brooks worked collaboratively in every aspect of the institution’s work: leading the academic program, advancing the school’s information technology program, developing capital projects, and expanding fundraising. Brooks also led Connecticut College in substantially increasing faculty diversity. Brooks’ outstanding contributions to the classroom were recognized when he received the John S. King Memorial Award, the highest teaching honor Connecticut College confers on faculty.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Anne Burt Chief Communications Officer --
Mr. Jeremy Cramer Chief Development Officer --
Mr. Michael Durney Chief Operating Officer --
Ms. Anne-Marie Fitzgerald Chief Officer for Regional Operations --
Mr. David Orlinoff Chief Financial Officer --
Mr. Marc Skvirsky Chief Program Officer --
Ms. Christine Stokes Senior Director, Organizational Advancement --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Facing History partners with organizations to expand and deepen our reach. Partnerships include Teach For America, where Facing History has trained nearly 300 teachers in Memphis; work with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) that allows greater access to urban districts; and a partnership with DePaul University to train nearly 2,000 pre-service teachers. School networks with which we collaborate include New Tech Network, Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning Schools, Envision Schools, KIPP, and High Tech High. International work is carried out through key partnerships in China, Israel, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

Facing History collaborates with scholars and organizations to strengthen content and innovation, most recently in the revision of Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior. The resource will incorporate survivor testimony through a partnership with USC Shoah Foundation’s iWitness program. 

Each of Facing History’s regional offices has developed strategic partnerships. In New England, Facing History partners with 14 school districts, including Boston Public Schools and Providence Public School District, to provide training for history and civics teachers; we have partnered twice with Boston Public Library to present Facing History’s traveling multimedia exhibition Choosing to Participate. Most recently, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, has asked Facing History (along with Boston Interfaith and Arts Emerson) to partner with the City of Boston on the 100 Resilient Cities project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 163
Number of Part Time Staff 26
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 12
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 6
Caucasian: 125
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 10
Other (if specified): Two or more races
Gender Female: 116
Male: 47
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Ms. Julie A. Leff
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Chair Term Nov 2014 - Nov 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kwame Anthony Appiah New York University Exofficio
Paul H. Berz Retired Voting
Jeffrey J. Bussgang Flybridge Capital Partners Voting
Ellen B. Carmell Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Voting
Ronald G. Casty Retired Voting
Cheryl Strauss Einhorn Einhorn Family Charitable Trust Voting
Debra Engel Entrepreneurs Foundation Voting
David P. Fialkow General Catalyst Partners Group Management LLC Voting
Lori Fife Volunteer Voting
Mark S. Fife MSF Capital, LLC Voting
Cristina S. Fockler Circuit Playhouse, Inc. Voting
Jill Garling Chicago Public Education Fund; Human Rights Watch Chicago --
Karen G. Harrison Chicago Children's Museum Voting
Andrew S. Janower Charlesbank Capital Partners Voting
Elizabeth Jick Zions Bank Public Finance Voting
Anne Juster Cleveland Botanical Gardens Voting
Jill Ellen Karp Nantucket Island Resorts Voting
Seth A. Klarman Baupost Group, LLC Voting
Emily Leventhal Ebbets Field Capital Voting
Lawrence M. Levy Brown Rudnick, LLP; Linda Loring Nature Foundation Voting
Richard I. Melvoin Belmont Hill School Voting
Martha Minow Harvard Law School Voting
Lisa Mooney Volunteer Voting
Jane C. Och Volunteer Voting
Tracy Palandjian Social Finance, Inc. Voting
Saul Pannell Wellington Management Company Voting
Richard Perry Perry Capital, LLC Voting
Ryan Prince Realstar Group Voting
Susie Richardson Volunteer Voting
Carrie Richman Volunteer Voting
Connie Shapiro Volunteer Voting
Lesley Shore Mount Sinai Hospital Volunteer Services; The Terraces of Baycrest Voting
Dana W. Smith Volunteer Voting
Robert A. Smith Castanea Partners Voting
Karen Tucker Alosa Foundation Voting
Trish Tullman Ignite Glass Studios Voting
Judy Wise Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 33
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 20
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Compensation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $19,061,264 $19,275,704 $20,604,989
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,148,277 $995,530 $1,424,635
Investment Income, Net of Losses $333,698 $2,400,728 $3,197,231
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $478,302 $644,055 $866,261
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $21,275,008 $19,542,239 $18,194,068
Administration Expense $1,777,290 $1,673,778 $1,570,205
Fundraising Expense $3,158,878 $3,344,896 $3,032,492
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.80 0.95 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 80% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 17% 15%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $45,502,344 $51,253,691 $51,778,565
Current Assets $10,575,667 $14,680,447 $11,816,921
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $1,356,120 $1,917,832 $1,197,810
Total Net Assets $44,146,224 $49,335,859 $50,580,755

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $20,382,995.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.80 7.65 9.87

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. The charts and graphs above account for total revenue.


Other Documents

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