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Girls Rock Campaign Boston

 58 Rossmore Road
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 852-0359
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www.girlsrockboston.org
[email protected]
Nora Allen-Wiles
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INCORPORATED: 2010
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-2371435

LAST UPDATED: 11/09/2017
Organization DBA Girls Rock Campaign Boston, Inc.
Former Names Girls Rock Camp Boston (2010)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

Mission Statement

Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $183,842.00
Projected Expense $173,610.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Club GRCB
  • GRCB BEATS
  • GRCB Summer Sessions
  • Ladies Rock Campaign Boston
  • Summer Session Intern Program

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Overview

Mission Statement

Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

Background Statement

Six years ago in Boston, a community came together around the belief that the creative voices of girls and women must be amplified to create social change. We all longed to see a space where girls and women, rather than tearing each other down, supported each other. This is what drove the formation of Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB), a non-profit, mission-driven, feminist organization that empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.
Our summer program consists of weeklong sessions for girls ages 8-17 and are run by adult female volunteers. Throughout the week, girls form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), attend numerous workshops, and compose original songs for a live performance at the end of the session at a prominent musical venue in Boston. No musical experience is required to participate, all instruments are provided, and financial aid is available to any family who needs assistance. Throughout the week, girls work with new people, try new things and take risks. This all culminates in the showcase performance, where they are cheered on by hundreds of family members, friends and people throughout the community who are there to applaud their accomplishments and bravery.
The response to our first summer was overwhelming. In our second year, we were able to add another week of programming, tripling the number of girls served (from 40 girls in 2010 to 120 girls in 2011). We also launched our Ladies Rock Camp program, a powerful new experience providing many of the same tools we teach the girls to a group of adult women. This program not only plays an important role in the lives of these adults, it is also a key promotional strategy for our summer sessions and provides an important revenue stream to support the organization.
Our current programming consists of two week-long summer sessions each year, a summer session internship program for girls ages 15-18 who have previously participated in our summer sessions, two Ladies Rock Camp sessions each spring, and after school programming for girls in 7th-12th grades.

Impact Statement

Our accomplishments in 2015 included:
1. 135 girls formed 28 bands, learned how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), composed original songs and performed live to hundreds of family, friends and community members at Brighton Music Hall or the Middle East nightclub.
2. Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, we held our Summer Sessions at the College’s Allston facility, which provided extra space for band practice and instrument instruction. To address a Summer Session waitlist of at least 40% of applicants in prior years, we instituted a priority-period registration for girls who could not access programming in previous years. As a result, our summer population consisted of 57% new girls in 2015.
3. We maintained a strong force of more than 90 women volunteers, including band coaches, band managers, support crew, and year-round volunteers assisting with fundraising, events, gear maintenance, and other tasks.
Our goals for 2016 include:
1. Find a permanent home for GRCB. Securing a year-round, permanent space would allow us to run more sessions, serve more girls during summer sessions and in after-school programs during the year, and accommodate expanded program offerings including year-round music lessons, various workshops and resource-share opportunities open to community members, and practice studios for bands to continue to build on their peer and mentor relationships.
2. Deepen and Expand Current Curriculum and Programming. In addition to strengthening the music curriculum, we are working to increase social justice and intersectional feminist programming. A Youth Advisory Board will be formed in early 2016 to assist in our work with local organizations, artists and activists to expand our program offerings.
3. Connect, Collaborate and Engage. Through partnerships with local organizations and community members, we will bring youth together to participate in workshops, self-esteem building activities, and performance opportunities throughout Greater Boston.

Needs Statement

1. Office Space: Ideally with capacity for year round programming, meeting space, storage, and staff/volunteer workspace.
2. Sustainable volunteer recruitment and support: increase pool of volunteers through outreach to communities, support existing/returning volunteers, develop training materials for roles
3. Leadership capacity building: recruitment of Board members, retreat for Board or Directors, Operations Team, and Executive and Program Directors to explore strategic direction or organization
4. Information management: streamlining computer systems for managing volunteers, participants, finances, quality measurement data, and fundraising. Implement new software/systems where needed.
5. Grow our year-round programming, increasing opportunities for girls to engage with women musicians and professionals, collaborate in bands and song-writing, and learn to express themselves and recognize, understand, and respond to discrimination.

CEO Statement

I first became involved with the Girls Rock movement through an internship position at the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, OR in 2007. In 2010 I had the privilege of co-founding Girls Rock Campaign Boston with a group of incredible women in Boston. We use music education and performance as a vehicle to encourage confidence, collaboration and self-expression. Merely telling a group of girls that they should be confident can feel like an abstract concept. But by encouraging girls to play loud and strong, to collaborate and create an original song driven by their own message, we are communicating to girls that they have power and deserve to be heard.
 
Through workshops, musical education and the freedom of creative expression, GRCB will help girls realize their own potentials, create a sense of worth and no longer set limits on how they can imagine themselves or their potential. We are giving the tools to encourage self-discovery through hands-on experience and risk-taking and to help girls develop a sense of confidence that they carry to other aspects of their lives.
 
Girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expression and creative outlets not tied to body image/appearance, and are also less likely to have access to musical/technical instruction/equipment. We have cultivated a supportive community of peers and positive female mentors that encourage and teach girls to be their own rock heroes. We don't just teach them to “rock”. We teach them to sing out, speak up, and make a lot of noise; to become revolutionaries, to support other girls and women, to take agency in their lives across all boundaries and gender.
 
As one girl wrote after attending the program in 2012:
"When I was behind my [drum] kit, I could see at least 200 people there. I couldn't stop staring at the crowd. I was so terrified that my arms were spaghetti. Then I counted everybody off and we started. As the crowd got louder, my confidence grew stronger. Then when we were done, I felt so good I could do it again. In this experience, I have learned that girls can do whatever they want. They are like a rock. Nothing could replace them. They are confident even when they don't show it. Even if they are put down, they will stand back up taller like a skyscraper. They shouldn't be afraid to try something different."
 
Now, as GRCB is in our sixth year, the capacity of our organization, and the community that has come out of it, is beyond what we ever expected. Through networks of incredibly dedicated volunteers and a supportive community, we are now looking to expand the scope of our programming even further while continuing to focus on building capacity within the organization to ensure its long-term survival.

Board Chair Statement

In Winter 2011, I enrolled in GRCB’s first Ladies Rock Camp (LRCB), a weekend fundraiser in which adult women participate in activities similar to what the girls do--learning a rock instrument, forming a band, writing and practicing a song with the help of women coaches, and performing it at a live showcase (at that time, at the venerable TT the Bears). The thought of picking up a bass and playing it in front of an audience in just a few days was a scary prospect. But others were in the same boat, and we were cheered on by a supportive community of women, many of whom were local musicians themselves who experienced a mostly-male scene where they felt their abilities were underestimated. We were encouraged to speak up, play a role in the creative process, and scream, from proclaiming what we accomplished that day to “I rock!”
 
We knew this had been a positive experience for the girls who participated the summer before, but few anticipated the life-changing impacts that GRCB would have on women as well. Women and girls were craving a community where people boosted each other up, not tore each other down. I continue to play music and have volunteered at an LRCB and a GRCB session nearly every year, part of this supportive community building up the creativity and confidence of girls and women. My daughter has attended three summer sessions, most recently belting out the lyrics of her band War Anthem’s song “This is the Revolution” to a packed Brighton Music Hall.
 
I am confident about the health of the organization and the ability to carry out our mission. Our summer sessions for girls fill up quickly, prompting the adoption of a priority period to allow girls who are new or have been waitlisted a chance to participate. Our two annual sold-out LRCB sessions help fund scholarships for girls as well as attract future volunteers for both GRCB and LRCB. Our intern program has built the leadership skills of girls ages 16-18 for the past three summers. We have met our annual appeal goals each year, part of a diversified revenue plan that includes tuition, event revenue, grants, and sponsorships.
 
I joined the Board of Directors when it was established in 2012, proud to be part of a group of women selected for their experiences as parents and participants, and for backgrounds in fundraising, finance, non-profits, education, business, and music. Much of our work to date has included establishing policies, approving budgets and strategic plans, and launching fundraising efforts. Despite the challenge of finding a permanent space in this increasingly expensive real estate market, we have benefited from strong partnerships that have enabled us to provide our programming. At our first Board-Operations Team retreat in November 2015, we explored ways we could expand on our successful model, to serve girls from all over the city and metro Boston. Our goals include increasing our partnerships with other organizations to learn from each other and grow our year-round programming, as well as bringing a variety of new activities and perspectives to our current programming. This is relatively new territory for us, but we are excited about the potential of organizations working together to increase opportunities for girls to collaborate, learn, and have a voice.

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

GRCB is based in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston. For the 2015 Summer Sessions, Berklee College of Music offered us the donation of their practice facilities in Allston. Participants come from all over the Boston-area, including many from Arlington, Brighton, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Cambridge, Somerville and the surrounding metro area.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Women's Rights

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

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Programs

Club GRCB

Club GRCB is an after-school program for girls currently in 7th-12th grade with prior experience playing one of our five supported instruments. Programming consists of a variety of workshops and band practice. They perform their original songs at a showcase at the end of the session. Showcase venues have included Brighton Music Hall and Berklee’s Red Room at Cafe 939. The capacity of this program is 15 girls in each of two 10-week sessions per year.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the ten week program, girls have formed meaningful relationships with peer and mentors. In the process of collaborating with their bands, girls are encouraged to share their ideas as well as listen to each other, think critically, negotiate, and participate in conflict resolution. During Club GRCB, girls are also able to share experiences they are facing in school including peer relationships, bullying, frustrations with school administration, and goals for their future all while in a supportive community where girls are encouraged to build each other up. This community empowers them to speak up about their truths and seek out support from others when in need. These essential life skills will help them succeed in their future goals and activities as they mature and grow both within the GRCB community and in all of their daily interactions.
Program Long-Term Success 

By providing more frequent and consistent opportunities for girls to take courageous creative risks, find and trust their voices, forge positive relationships with peers and mentors and be supported by their peers and mentors, we are working to more effectively inspire girls to change the way they think about their own potential and give more girls and women a voice in our society, a key element in combating gender inequality and bringing about social change.

Program Success Monitored By  At the end of each session of Club GRCB, the participants perform with their bands before a live audience in a local rock club. This performance demonstrates the confidence built within each girl and the support system they have created for each other. Beyond the performance, we have developed a survey, distributed at pre and post session, that includes includes scales that get at self-efficacy and gender ideology, two things targeted in the program. The survey also measures the following subscales: academic, behavior, friends, self worth and adolescent ideas about gender equity, masculinity, and femininity. The results of this survey are being calculated by a year round volunteer team made up of qualified volunteers and Board members.
Examples of Program Success  Club GRCB has been steadily growing since we first introduced the program in 2013. Many of the participants return each session, eager to work with a new group of girls, form new bands, and try new instruments. This continued enthusiasm shows that both the programming, and community that is created, fosters their confidence in taking creative risks and their interest in participating in collaborative projects with peers and mentors.

GRCB BEATS

In 2016, GRCB piloted a new program aimed at reaching girls within the Greater Boston area public schools, Building Electronic Art Together in Schools (BEATS).

Our programming in schools uses art, music education, and performance to help girls grow measurably in confidence, self-expression, peer support, and collaboration skills. In our after school program we are making music electronically, connecting our youth to technology and expanding their 21st century skills. Every girl will form a band, collaboratively write an original song and perform at a culminating community event.

Workshops held during BEATS provide opportunities to learn a diverse set of skills from local women while girls get to see a wide range of possible careers while watching them model how they support other women and girls.

Additionally, BEATS is providing leadership opportunities for older girls by inviting two Teen Leaders from a nearby high school to help facilitate, teach, and empower girls at after school.

Budget  $16,800.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of the program, girls have formed meaningful relationships with peer and mentors. In the process of collaborating with their bands, girls are encouraged to share their ideas as well as listen to each other, think critically, negotiate, and participate in conflict resolution. During GRCB After School sessions, girls are also able to share experiences they are facing in school including peer relationships, bullying, frustrations with school administration, and goals for their future all while in a supportive community where girls are encouraged to build each other up. This community empowers them to speak up about their truths and seek out support from others when in need. These essential life skills will help them succeed in their future goals and activities as they mature and grow both within the GRCB community and in all of their daily interactions.

Program Long-Term Success 

By providing more frequent and consistent opportunities for girls to take courageous creative risks, find and trust their voices, forge positive relationships with peers and mentors and be supported by their peers and mentors, we are working to more effectively inspire girls to change the way they think about their own potential and give more girls and women a voice in our society, a key element in combating gender inequality and bringing about social change.

Program Success Monitored By 

At the end of each session of BEATS, the participants perform with their bands before a live audience at a public performance. This performance demonstrates the confidence built within each girl and the support system they have created for each other. Beyond the performance, we have developed a survey, distributed at pre and post session, that includes includes scales that get at self-efficacy and gender ideology, two things targeted in the program. The survey also measures the following subscales: academic, behavior, friends, self worth and adolescent ideas about gender equity, masculinity, and femininity. The results of this survey are being calculated by a year round volunteer team made up of qualified volunteers and Board members.

Examples of Program Success  As this program grows, we are excited to continue to see the positive impact our programming has on young women in our community.

GRCB Summer Sessions

GRCB serves approximately 130 girls ages 8-17 over two one-week sessions in July and August. Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, in 2015 and 2016 this program takes place at the college’s Allston facility, equipped with state-of-the-art practice studios. During these sessions, girls learn to play an instrument (bass, guitar, drums, keyboard, or vocals), form a band, write an original song, and perform live at Brighton Music Hall. They also attend daily self-esteem building and empowerment workshops, including Media Literacy and Feminism is for Everyone. Girls also explore other artistic mediums in our ‘Zine-Making and Screenprinting workshops. Adult female musicians volunteer their time, providing instrument instruction and serving as Band Coaches each day; women also volunteer as Band Managers and Support Crew. After five days of practice and collaboration, the bands perform in front of a live audience at a local music venue.
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

GRCB’s programming will improve girls’ capacity to believe in themselves and collaborate with others, while increasing their self-confidence, self-expression, and willingness to try new things. We measure these outcomes through observation of their progress with their bands. Their ability to develop an idea and confidently follow it through to the end is a desired outcome. Testimonials from our girls and their parents are also an important testament to program effectiveness. The short-term objective connected to this outcome is that 100% of girls participate in the program’s music components: morning music instruction, afternoon practice with their bands, collaborating with their bands on their original song, and playing a major developing their instrumental “part” of the song. Our volunteers are trained to provide positive feedback and support girls’ development as musicians and collaborators by letting them take the lead, validating their ideas, and providing guidance as needed.

Program Long-Term Success 

By providing more frequent and consistent opportunities for girls to take courageous creative risks, find and trust their voices, forge positive relationships with peers and mentors and be supported by their peers and mentors, we are working to more effectively inspire girls to change the way they think about their own potential and give more girls and women a voice in our society, a key element in combating gender inequality and bringing about social change.

Program Success Monitored By 

GRCB uses two surveys: our own and one designed by the Girls Rock Camp Alliance for affiliates, which girls complete at the beginning and the end of each session. The girls rate what they believe is true about themselves through statements on their strengths and abilities, including solving problems, achieving goals, and handling difficult situations, with the option to provide examples and additional comments. According to 2015 Summer Session data, the percentage of girls who agreed or strongly agreed to the statement “I have good ideas” increased from 89% to 98% and the percentage with the same positive responses to “I am not easily discouraged” increased from 77% to 85%. We also receive voluntary testimonials from parents/guardians. For example, a parent of 9- and 12-year-old daughters reported via email: “I don’t think they could ever learn this at home, in school or anywhere except in this amazing venue…surrounded by strong and creative women and strong and creative girls!"

Examples of Program Success 

Eleven-year-old Tyana was excited to learn the drums at the August 2015 session, but struggled with a fear that almost prevented her from making it past the second day. The coach and manager of her band made sure to provide additional support, including engaging in pep talks and ensuring that her drum instructors gave her extra attention. Her mother wrote to us: “Thank you so much for your extra time and attention and support today. [She] said she had a good afternoon and that she could feel the good feeling of having been really afraid but going back. She was excited that her band had a new song, and new friend.” In fact, after conquering her own fear, Tyana helped one of her bandmates through her stage fright right before they took to the stage for the dress rehearsal. The story of Tyana’s progress illustrates why we do the work we do. By providing her with a supportive community of peers and mentors she was able to feel safe to take risks and let her voice be heard.


Ladies Rock Campaign Boston

The purpose of LRCB is to raise funds for the Girls Rock! scholarship fund, so that no girl is turned away from participating in our Summer Sessions due to inability to pay. Programming for LRCB is similar to our girls’ summer program — women 21 and over receive instrument instruction, form a band, attend workshops, write an original song, and perform it at a live showcase at the Middle East nightclub at the end of the 3-day session. This program serves 80 women through two annual sessions in March and April, and takes place at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain. Programming is delivered by female volunteers and GRCB staff.
Budget  $13,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adults Females
Program Short-Term Success  LRCB has the same participation goals as our Summer Sessions. A session is successful if 100% of women participate in the program’s music components: morning music instruction, afternoon practice with their bands, collaborating with their bands on their original song, and playing a major developing their instrumental “part” of the song. Our volunteers are trained to provide positive feedback and support women’s development as musicians and collaborators by letting them take the lead, validating their ideas, and providing guidance as needed. LRCB’s purpose is to raise more than $30,000 a year (as outlined in GRCB’s Board-approved budget) through tuition and event revenue.
Program Long-Term Success  Our long-term goal is for LRCB to serve as a sustainable revenue source, supporting increased access to GRCB for girls who require financial assistance. Since our first LRCB session in 2011, we have received positive testimonials from participants; many report their LRCB experience to be “life-changing.” Because of LRCB, more women have become engaged with the organization, as volunteers for our programming and operations, returning LRCB participants, and parents, guardians, and relatives of girls who participate in GRCB programming.
Program Success Monitored By  In the past, participants have been asked to complete surveys that provide valuable feedback, which we use to plan future sessions. We have recently started the process of establishing benchmarks for women’s growth in the areas of self-confidence and musical expression and will be collecting measurable data starting in 2016.
Examples of Program Success 

While the LRCB program began as a means to raise funds and community interest for our summer sessions, we quickly learned from this community that it is not just girls who can benefit from programs that focus on empowerment and building higher self-esteem.

As one participant remarked about her experience at Ladies Rock Camp, “I've never felt as safe and comfortable in my own skin as I did at LRCB. I've found a change in myself since then – I'm apologizing less, questioning more, and standing straighter. For someone who already considered herself empowered, seeing even a little change is a testament to how awesome this program is.”

Ladies Rock Campaign Boston continues to thrive as a program and exceeded its 2015 revenue goal, with an increase of 4% compared to 2014. There is a high demand to participate in LRCB; slots for 2016 sessions filled up one week after registration opened.


Summer Session Intern Program

Our intern program is for girls ages 16-18 who have previously participated in at least one GRCB session, demonstrate exceptional maturity and commitment to the mission of GRCB, and are interested in experiencing GRCB in a new way. Interns assist with instrument instruction, band practice, assemblies, and act as support volunteers. Like the girls, they form a band and play as the opening act at the Showcase. A volunteer Intern Leader helps the group develop and lead a workshop on Media Literacy, for which they choose the materials and examples used. During the workshop, they lead activities and facilitate discussions. This program allows us to continue to engage girls and build their leadership and mentoring abilities.
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success  Interns serve as assistant instrument instructors throughout the week. Prior to the session, interns work with the instructor group and through this process the interns are not only receiving exceptional practice of skills such as collaboration and leadership. Additionally, the intern group develops and co-leads a workshop on Media Literacy during the session. While the basic structure of the workshop is established, the intern group does all of their own research and develops strategies for how to best present the material to the group. Again, this portion of the program teaches them how to work collaboratively and be take on leadership roles within the community. Using Media Literacy as the topic encourages the group to think critically about how women are portrayed in popular media and teach others how to recognize and respond to discrimination in this way.
Program Long-Term Success  Engaging the intern group in roles that enable them to teach others provides an opportunity for them to recognize themselves as positive female role models and mentors for others in their community. This role within the organization, with the encouragement they receive from mentors and peers,helps expand their vision of what is possible in their futures.
Program Success Monitored By 

We see the intern group transition from participants to interns who are capable of being self-motivated, working as a team, voicing their opinions and taking on leadership roles within the community.

In the past, participants have been asked to complete surveys that provide valuable feedback, which we use to plan future sessions. We have recently started the process of establishing benchmarks for interns’s growth in the areas of self-confidence and musical expression and will be collecting measurable data starting in 2016.
Examples of Program Success 

In 2011 we received a testimonial from a parent of a girl who had attended GRCB, “My daughter said, ‘I don't think they understand how important this week has been to me. I have never felt so supported and appreciated in my life.’” This young woman continued to stay involved transitioning to her role as an intern for two years and then as a volunteer. She wrote her college essay on her experience with GRCB:


“I truly believe that I owe my confidence, and my identity, to GRCB. Interning exposed me to a new world where no one was obliged to operate under any societal pressure. I was, for the first time, in my element. I began taking every chance I could get to pass on what had been ingrained in me since I had joined it—the ability to embrace and express my entire self, without compromise.”


Knowing that our programs leads girls into adulthood with enthusiasm to continue building community with girls and women to ensure others receive the same support is what our organization strives for.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nora Allen-Wiles
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Girls Rock Campaign Boston’s co-founder and Executive Director Nora Allen-Wiles volunteered as Administrative Director from 2010-2012, when she became the organization’s first full-time employee and Executive Director. As ED she oversees activities related to Girls Rock Campaign, Ladies Rock Campaign, and Club GRCB. Previously she worked with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon; served as a mentor with Girls, Inc., and held other youth advocacy/outreach positions in the community. She serves on the Nominations Committee for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance and earned her BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College (Richmond, IN). Originally from Somerville, MA, she currently resides in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Sylvia Simmons Best Practices Award Trustees of the Anna B Stearns Foundation 2017
Community Recognition Award Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2016

Affiliations

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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Collaborations

Collaborations play a major role in our ability to provide quality programming, expand our reach, and raise girls’ awareness of community resources and opportunities. In 2017 we held a GRRRL GRIT workshop in collaboration with Science Club for Girls and The Possible Project. We provided a free electronics workshop to girls from all three organizations. During our August summer session, we collaborated with the Go Girls Filmmaking Club from the West End House in Allston, MA. The members of Go Girls worked with GRCB participants to direct and film a music video for our summer theme song.
A collaboration with Brookline Teen Center has not only allowed us to expand the capacity of our Club GRCB, but let us engage in other youth centric events including YES FEST, a youth driven music and arts festival in October 2017. Youth from GRCB are on the planning committee for YES fest in addition to performing at the festival.
We continue to partner with Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain and Berklee College of Music to provide space for our year round programming. Other organizations we partnered with in 2017 include Girls LEAP, SCATV, and The Record Company. Lastly, we were proud to partner with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston to provide scholarships to Little Sisters.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 135
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Tanya Palit
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Assistant to the Director, Ariadne Labs: A Joint Center for Health Systems Innovation at The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Chair Term Oct 2015 - Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair Michelle Porche
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Boston University, School of Education
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2015 - Sept 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Abigail Green NKP Media, Inc, Eliot School, International OCD Foundation Voting
Cornelia Hoskin Business Manager, Bailey Davol Studio Build. Past relevant: Marketing Director, Farm Aid. Founder, Well, Well, Well. Publicist, Timebomb Recordings. Promotions and Label Manager, Taang! Records. Voting
Griselda Tomaino Intensive Care Coordinator at The Guidance Center (A Service of Riverside Community Care); Workshop Facilitator for Women's Institute of Leadership Development (WILD) Past Relevant: Family Support Wor Voting
Magen Tracy Associate Director, Digital Marketing and Social Media at Berklee College of Music Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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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: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): South Asian
Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Board Governance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $183,842.00
Projected Expense $173,610.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $175,060 $137,447 $140,762
Total Expenses $137,207 $118,649 $97,804

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $69,167 $39,273 $60,422
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $91,479 $84,547 $80,052
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $14,414 $13,627 $288
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $88,166 $82,501 $84,410
Administration Expense $31,558 $33,974 $11,823
Fundraising Expense $17,483 $2,174 $1,571
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.28 1.16 1.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses 64% 70% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 4% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $161,233 $123,356 $103,609
Current Assets $161,233 $123,356 $103,609
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $2,308 $2,284 $1,335
Total Net Assets $158,925 $121,072 $102,274

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 69.86 54.01 77.61

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s with additional Expense breakout per the Form PC. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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