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Girl Rising (fiscally sponsored by Tides Foundation)

 114 West 26th Street, 7th Floor
 New York, NY 10001
[P] (646) 3549034
[F] --
Catherine Brandli
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EIN 51-0198509

LAST UPDATED: 01/22/2019
Organization DBA Ten Times Ten
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Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Girl Rising (GR) uses the power of storytelling to inspire girls to create a different future for themselves, to empower communities to break down the barriers holding girls back and to create transformational and systemic change in the way girls are valued.

Mission Statement

Girl Rising (GR) uses the power of storytelling to inspire girls to create a different future for themselves, to empower communities to break down the barriers holding girls back and to create transformational and systemic change in the way girls are valued.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $2,088,210.00
Projected Expense $1,919,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Girl Rising US Educator Program

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Mission Statement

Girl Rising (GR) uses the power of storytelling to inspire girls to create a different future for themselves, to empower communities to break down the barriers holding girls back and to create transformational and systemic change in the way girls are valued.

Background Statement

In 2008, we--a team of filmmakers and journalists--set out to answer the question: How do you end global poverty? The powerful truth we uncovered was that educating girls is the best way to achieve that goal. Yet, millions of girls were and are missing from classrooms, facing barriers that boys don’t: early marriage, sex trafficking, domestic slavery and gender-based violence.

As storytellers, we knew we could spark change--to fuel a movement for girls’ education. In 2013, we released Girl Rising, which showcases girls from around the world affected by the power of education—or lack thereof. Translated into 30 languages, the film was the heart of a global campaign that continues, and led to the formation of the nonprofit that exists today. GR’s programming pillars are 1). Mass Media campaigns; 2). Deep collaboration with on-the-ground partners--enhancing local efforts to engage girls, boys, parents, teachers and leaders in community-led change to advance girls’ rights.

Currently, GR works internationally with grassroots partners in India and Nigeria and has recently completed a three-year project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We have just launched a Girls in Sports campaign in the Middle East, and in 2018, look to expand our efforts in Latin America. In the U.S., our programming includes the U.S. Educator program, with over 4,000 educators using our free Common Core-aligned curriculum and materials. We are also piloting more in-depth efforts with schools and teachers in Brooklyn, NY; Quincy, MA; Tampa, FL; and Houston, TX.

Impact Statement

In 2017, GR's key program achievements to date include: 40,000 middle school students in India participating in a new, GR gender curriculum; 6,000+ educators from 120 countries and 50 U.S. states using GR curriculum and materials with the launch of new pilots of the US Educator program in Houston, Tampa and Brooklyn, NY; completing an updated version of the Girl Rising film, including recent statistics and new interstitials, new narration by actor David Oyelowo and updates on the girls in the film. The updated version is being using at the end of 2017 at select events and a large-scale release will be done on International Women's Day 2018. In regard to management and finances: GR formed as a nonprofit and filed for 501c3 status; instituted a board of directors, establishing bylaws and all related committees and responsibilities; and invested time and resources, including hiring staff, in fundraising to grow the organization's resources and sustainability.

In 2018, GR's goals include: launching the Girls in Sports campaign in the Middle East; scaling up U.S. Educator pilots, increasing on-the-ground efforts in partnership with Global Education Fund with a commitment to raise $1.1M together to build the capacity of local social entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Kenya and India, and adding additional members to the board of directors to broaden reach and fundraising capability of the organization.

Needs Statement

Our top most pressing needs are: 1. Increase unrestricted funding; 2. Adding eight additional board members; 3. Capacity building to increase communications and impact staffing--possibly two new positions; 4. Implementation of better donor management systems and 5. A comprehensive website update.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Our work in the Greater Boston area currently takes place in Quincy, MA.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy -
  3. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security -

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

Under Development


Girl Rising US Educator Program

Girl Rising has captured the imaginations of young people in classrooms across North America and around the world. Our stories inspire students to see beyond their borders, value their education and believe in their capacity to make a difference. GR can be used to teach almost any subject in almost any classroom or after-school program. The tools we offer to teachers are:

- The Girl Rising Curriculum - For students from upper elementary through high school, the curriculum is free, aligned to the Common Core standards, and available on the GR website. It includes teacher’s guides, project based lessons, fact sheets, assessment tools, and access to three of the film’s chapters. The curriculum is used to teach subjects including English, social studies, math, geography, economics, and art. 6,000+ educators have registered for the curriculum from 125 countries and all 50 US states.
- The Girl Rising Educator Edition DVD - The DVD includes the full feature film, which can be screened as a whole or broken into “chapters” for easy classroom use, more than a dozen video extras, and comes with a downloadable, comprehensive Teacher’s Guide. 1380+ have been purchased. 
- The Book Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time, is the newest arrow in Girl Rising’s education quiver. The young adult book expands on the themes and stories from the film and can stand alone or complement the film and/or curriculum. - Skype in the Classroom - The online platform allows intrepid educators across the country and the world to invite members of the Girl Rising team into their classrooms to discuss the film and the issues that surround girls’ education.
Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

GR seeks to show knowledge gain and attitude-change impact and outcomes, with the project being successful if we track positive change in at least 80% of the following measures:

1. Knowledge: Increase knowledge about girls' education, geography, human rights and other themes addressed by the tools. 
2. Locus of control: positive change in students' perceptions about the control they have over their lives and future. 
3. Agency/Voice: Positively change the students' abilities to express their opinions and have conversations with different individuals. 
4. Gender perception: positively change the students' understanding of gender-based discrimination and barriers to girls' education. 
5. Attitudes towards women and girls: improve students' attitudes towards women and girls. 
6. 5C's positive youth development (measuring 4 of the 5)
   a. Caring - improve the capacity of the students to have a sense of empathy or sympathy for others. 
   b. Competent - change the ability of the students to have a positive view of one's actions in specific areas including social and cognitive
   c. Character - change students' ability to respect societal and cultural norms different than their own
   d. Confidence - change students' overall sense of self-worth and self-efficacy
7. Global citizenship: improve students' understanding of their role as an individual in a community and their ability to bring about change in their immediate community and outside world 
8. Perceptions about education: improve students' perceptions about education
9. Behavioral intentions: improve students' behavioral intentions to take positive actions (including communicate with others) in their community 
Program Long-Term Success  Girl Rising engages students in the complex social, cultural & economic issues around girls’ education. It promotes critical thinking & skill development, cultivates concepts of local responsibility & global citizenship, develops a sense of personal agency, and promotes empathy & the value of activism. All of these skills and concepts are important for students in their long-term development into adulthood and as future professionals, where a sense of empowerment and activism will better equip them to make a real difference in their communities and in the world. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
Please view the 4 case studies on our website, detailing examples of teachers who have used the GR curriculum in classrooms, and how and why it was successful:
Please also find quotes below from teachers who have provided feedback on the educator program: 

“Every day I work to ignite the flame within my students to see the success they are capable of, to see their brilliance and potential. Girl Rising curriculum and resources provide this; in showing the incredible resilience and power of each of the girls, my students are able to see themselves achieving their greatest dreams and overcome the obstacles they face. And throughout this unit I see my students become more determined to work hard, more motivated to maintain their academic engagement and pursue their dreams.” Elise Higgins-Steele, Grade 8 English Teacher, Sterling Middle School, Quincy, MA

“My students now realize just how fortunate they really are, and how much work we still need to do. It’s a lesson that I think will stay with my 5th graders for a long time.” Steve Auslander, 5th grade general studies teacher, Indianpolis, IN

“Girl Rising allows students to feel a deep sense of connection that blooms into a sense of purpose.” Megan Saxelby, 6th grade Humanities teacher, Brooklyn, NY

“I truly believe that it opened their eyes from the world being Delanco, NJ to the world being the World.” Kimberly Minimi, Guidance Counselor, Delanco, NJ

“It’s difficult to fully express how wonderful Girl Rising has been for my students … It has allowed them to reframe their understanding of the word ‘privilege.’” Leslie Schaffer, 9th grade AP Human Geography teacher, Atlanta, GA

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christina Lowery
CEO Term Start Jan 2010
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Christina is passionate about narrative storytelling as an engine of social awareness. She has been with Girl Rising since its inception. Christina is responsible for the strategy and execution of Girl Rising’s expanding work around the globe including the production of new media, implementation of GR’s global programs and ongoing engagement with public and private sector partners, foundations, media partners, educators, and grassroots supporters. Prior to becoming CEO, Christina was Girl Rising’s Managing Director and the Supervising Producer of the original Girl Rising film. Her passion for storytelling is founded upon decades of experience in documentary film and television, having contributed to, produced and overseen films for CNN, ABC, Bill Moyers, Martin Scorsese and Robert Deniro, among many others. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Masters in International Community Planning from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley with her husband and three children.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Holly Gordon
Board Chair Company Affiliation Co-Founder of Girl Rising and Chief of Impact, Participant Media
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kimi Culp Television & Film Producer --
Holly Gordon Co-Founder of Girl Rising and Chief of Impact, Participant Media --
Courtney McDonnell Design Director at Bird House Studio and Owner of Highland Farm --
Emily Nielsen Jones Co-Founder and President, Imago Dei Fund --
Ann Ruble Operating Partner at Two Sigma Ventures --
Raj Sharma Chairman, Public Spend Forum --
Tara Spiess Head of Strategy, Membership and Fellows Communication for The Nantucket Project --
Amita Vyas Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Founder of the Global India Fund --

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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $2,088,210.00
Projected Expense $1,919,500.00
Form 990s

2016 Tides Form 990

2015 Tides Form 990

2014 Tides Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Tides Audit

2015 Tides Audit

2014 Tides Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $2,088,210 $1,937,106 $3,065,584
Total Expenses $1,919,500 $2,479,479 $2,709,875

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,134,521 $755,546 $1,338,039
Government Contributions $804,583 $1,032,627 $1,164,709
    Federal $804,583 $1,032,627 $1,164,709
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- $64,633 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $142,267 $84,300 $553,723
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $6,839 -- $9,113

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,503,984 $1,866,962 $2,338,738
Administration Expense $234,237 $339,032 $251,963
Fundraising Expense $181,279 $273,485 $119,174
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 0.78 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 75% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 15% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $133,108 $398,069 $901,031
Current Assets $126,972 $131,467 $473,465
Long-Term Liabilities $575,052 $623,104 $591,472
Current Liabilities $689,224 $991,921 $982,732
Total Net Assets $-1,131,167 $-1,216,956 $-673,173

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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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 --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.18 0.13 0.48

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 432% 157% 66%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Girl Rising is fiscally sponsored by Tides Foundation. As such the 990s and audits posted above are per Tides Foundation. Data in the charts and graphs was provided by Girl Rising and is per their records.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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